Scores of Danes travel abroad as borders reopen

Danish tourists’ mobile data consumption jumps by 69 percent in one week

Passengers travelling to and from outside the EU can encounter considerable queues at Copenhagen Airport (photo: iStock)
June 30th, 2020 12:48 pm| by Kaukab Tahir Shairani
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Danish tourists’ use of telecommunication services across Norway, Germany and Iceland increased by 69 percent in one week following the reopening of borders among the countries.

The record-high figures were recorded by the telecommunications company 3, which noted that mobile data consumption rose by 2,500 users in one week. The development came after Denmark and the three countries lifted restrictions on non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic starting June 15.

David Elsass, director of 3’s private market, said that Danes’ consumption of mobile data is indicative of their travel habits. “Customers appear ready to travel again,” he added.

Further loosening of restrictions
In a related development, 25 European countries on Saturday allowed entry to Danish visitors, suspending restrictions on non-essential travel.

Travellers from these 25 countries are also welcome in Denmark provided that they are able to show proof of a booking of at least six nights in the Scandinavian country.

These countries are Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Norway, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Germmany.

The government is also expected to allow entry for travellers from Malta starting July 1.