Denmark introduces rapid Covid-19 tests at German borders

Denmark introduces rapid Covid-19 tests at German borders
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Smaller land border crossings with Germany are to offer travellers rapid Covid-19 tests on crossing into Denmark, while a rapid test centre is also available south of the border.

People at smaller border crossings on Denmark’s southern border with Germany are to be offered a rapid Covid-19 test so they can comply with travel restrictions.

The South Denmark health authority announced that it has reached agreement with a private contractor, Falck, to offer rapid tests for people travelling from Germany to Denmark.

Foreign nationals not resident in Denmark can also be tested for free if they can show proof they work in Denmark, the regional health authority said.

As such, rapid tests are available at the Falck test centre in German border district Handewitt. Opening times can be found here.

A mobile test centre will also offer rapid tests at border crossings at Pebersmark, Sæd and Møllehus. Operating times here.

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The deal between Region South Denmark and Falck provides for free rapid tests for foreign nationals who live outside of Denmark if they can prove they work in Denmark. Others must pay 299 kroner (€40).

“It is important for us that we can offer a good solution to the many commuters who cross the border each day to work in Denmark,” Region South Denmark director Kurt Espersen said in a statement.

“If they take a rapid test south of the border, they can take a PCR test once they have entered (Denmark) which is then valid for 7 days until it must be renewed,” he said, referring to rules which allow people living in border regions to enter Denmark with a negative Covid-19 test from within the last seven days, if they have a valid reason for travel.

That exception aside, current rules require foreign, non-resident nationals entering Denmark to present a negative Covid-19 test no more than 24 hours old.

The rules have already resulted in large numbers being refused entry at borders with Germany.

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