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Update on travel activity

Update on AU info pages regarding trips and stays abroad

2020.06.26 | Marianne Sommer

Travel
On 27 June, Denmark will open its borders for travellers going to or coming from certain EU countries, the Schengen area and the UK. Statens Serum Institut is expected to issue a list of open and not-open countries on 25 June, and new travel guidelines will apply from 27 JuneRead more in the announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (in Danish).

AU is following the current travel guidelines from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This means that AU staff can take work-related trips to countries that are not on the list of countries to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travelling.
Staff are recommended to follow the advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take extra care, keep up-to-date, and follow all Covid-19 travel guidelines from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Danish)

Questions regarding required self-isolation
With regard to holiday travel, under normal circumstances, as an employer, AU has no say in where an employee goes on holiday. However, as an employer, AU is obligated to ensure a healthy and safe work environment for everyone in the workplace. This means that, if an employee travels to an area to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises against all non-essential travel, the following applies:

  • The employee is required to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from these areas (in principle, the self-isolation period is unpaid unless the employee can work from home)
  • If the employee contracts the coronavirus/Covid-19, this may be considered self-inflicted illness. In this situation, absence from work due to illness will generally be considered lawful, but the employee will not be entitled to pay during illness.

If you return to Denmark from a necessary trip abroad, for example a business trip, you can book an appointment for a Covid-19 test at www.coronaprover.dk. You should be tested immediately after returning to Denmark. However, in the case of short trips, you should be tested four days after your departure from Denmark at the earliest (read more about this in the FAQ from the Danish Health Authority (in Danish). If the test is negative, you do not have to complete the fourteen-day period of self-isolation which is otherwise mandatory for travellers returning from abroad.

If you return to Denmark from a country on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' list of yellow or green countries, the requirement for self-isolation will lapse if you have followed the travel advice from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Read more at www.medst.dk (in Danish)
Read more on AU info page as to insurance and social security in connection with travel

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