Greenland’s new executive order on COVID-19 comes into effect September 30
With COVID-19 numbers continuing to climb in Denmark, Greenland’s home rule government has issued a new executive order that will come into effect on September 30.
“The number of infected people is increasing in Denmark and internationally, and therefore the Naalakkersuisut [Greenland’s home rule government] has just adopted a new executive order for travel in and to Greenland,” the government said in a news release on Tuesday. “It’s based on the previous executive order, and builds on tools used in the fight against the infection’s spread.”
All travellers to Greenland from Denmark will now be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within five days of departure, at Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport. This was previously not the case for children under 12, and the requirement for them will come into effect October 7 to allow a transition period.
The government has also reintroduced quarantine rules upon entry, which include either a 14–day quarantine, or getting retested for COVID-19 five days or later after arrival.
With some exceptions, people intending to travel on to Greenland’s smaller communities will not be allowed to board domestic flights until they’ve completed the two-week quarantine or received their second negative test.The towns and villages excluded from the above domestic travel rule include the following:
The government also requires mask or face coverings for passengers over 12 years old or airline crew while in aircraft, as well as in airports and terminal areas.
Greenland has largely kept COVID-19 out of the territory with only 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic. All individuals have since recovered.
Meanwhile, Denmark has experienced a surge of cases this month, with 392 new cases confirmed on Tuesday alone.
Denmark has reported 27,464 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with 650 deaths.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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