COVID-19 FAQs for Carleton College

DIS and Carleton College are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Denmark and have compiled responses to frequently asked questions below.

Will American students be able to enter Denmark under the existing EU travel policy?

Yes. The current travel policy allows for an exception for students entering for the purpose of studies. Carleton and DIS will facilitate this process for both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. It is important to note that all students need a passport valid through at least late June 2021 to enter Denmark.

Please find more information about applying for a new passport and renewing an existing passport on the U.S. Department of State website, and note the announcement at the top of the page regarding the phased reopening of passport centers follow COVID-19.

American tourists, however, are not currently allowed to enter Denmark (and most other European countries) so you will not be able to have family or friends visit unless that changes.

Will I need to quarantine upon arrival in Denmark?

Maybe. Currently, the Danish government asks that all travelers from the U.S., any many other countries, to self-quarantine for 14 days or until a negative test result is obtained. Testing is widely available, including at the Copenhagen airport, and results are currently provided within 48 hours.

We are not sure if this will change before your arrival in September. However, Carleton and DIS are carefully monitoring the situation and will keep you updated on changes both as to self-isolation and testing. If a self-quarantine is still required/recommended, you will be provided DIS housing and support during this time. COVID-19 testing in Denmark will be at no additional cost to students.

Will I need a COVID-19 test before arriving in Denmark?

Yes, Carleton and DIS recommend you are tested prior to departing for Denmark. Currently, the Danish government does not require a COVID-19 test for students traveling from the U.S. to enter the country. However, that may change and a negative test result could also be required by an airline (please check directly with your airline).

Carleton and DIS strongly recommend that students begin now to make a plan for COVID-19 testing in the days immediately preceding (no more than 72 hours prior to) their flight to Denmark.

Testing access ranges by state and insurance coverage may exclude coverage for those who are not symptomatic or haven’t had a known exposure. If you are not departing from the U.S. please check with your local health provider for information on receiving a test.

Travelers with a fever, dry cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms will be denied boarding at their point of departure and any connection site. If symptoms develop enroute, passengers will be denied entrance to Denmark.

What is advised in regards to arranging travel to Denmark?

Students are recommended to arrange for direct flights from the US to Copenhagen in order to both minimize exposure and limit risks of the possibility of being denied boarding. Please be aware that your flight should arrive between 07:00 and 15:00 (3:00 PM) local Copenhagen time on Arrival Day, 12 September 2020.

Additionally, we strongly urge that you have a return flight arranged prior to your arrival in Denmark. Please keep in mind you must be checked out of your housing by 12:00 on departure day, December 9, 2020.

If a direct flight is not possible, DIS recommends that you fly through Dublin, London, or Reykjavik. We have had experience in extremely rare circumstances, where students have been denied entry by passport control when connecting in a country within the Schengen Region while en-route to Copenhagen (after calling DIS, all past students have been allowed entry, but there are no guarantees). You may wish to avoid this stress by connecting in a non-Schengen city.

In booking your travel arrangements, purchasing your flight directly through your airline-of-choice will allow you to work directly with the airline later on should that be necessary. As you are exploring different flight options, please take time to review their ticket change fees and regulations as well as the airline’s protocols on COVID-19, as they are not consistent. This will provide you with a sense of what levels of protective measures are being taken, provided the current circumstances in air travel.

Will classes occur in-person?

Yes. Universities in Denmark are opening for the fall in August. DIS and Carleton, therefore, are planning for all courses to be in-person with the necessary social distancing and sanitation protocols in place.

However, all classes are ready to move to an online/distance format without students losing their credit should that be necessary as a result of local public health guidance, exposure requiring self-isolation, quarantine requirements or COVID-19 illness.

What if I or someone else on the program tests positive for COVID-19?

DIS will support sick students in receiving the necessary testing and medical care, which is reimbursed through insurance per the policy details, as well as academic support.

Any student who has been potentially exposed to a sick individual will be supported through the necessary testing and self-quarantine protocols including continuation of coursework from a distance. Sick or potentially sick individuals will be isolated away from others on the program and facilities will be sanitized per local public health standards.