Although Denmark will lift border controls ordered in connection with the coronavirus pandemic in just a few days’ time, it will not completely abandon checks on people entering its territory in the coming months. According to a letter from Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup, the Danish government informed EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson of this last week.
The temporary border controls will be extended until May 11, 2022. The rationale for the decision cited the continuing threat from Islamist militants and organized crime groups. At the same time, Hækkerup informed Brussels that border controls carried out in connection with the coronavirus pandemic will be lifted as of October 25.
Controls to be as limited as possible
After 25 October, border controls will be concentrated at the German-Danish land border, the Øresund region (border with Sweden) and at Danish ports from which ferries to Germany and Sweden depart. Hækkerup confirmed that the scope of controls will be as limited as possible.
In principle, internal border controls have been abolished in the Schengen area, which includes 26 European countries. However, after the refugee crisis, countries such as Germany, Austria, Denmark and Sweden partially reintroduced controls. Since then, some countries have extended them every six months.