Covid-19: Information for commuters

As cross-border commuters in the Øresund region move over the border daily, it is important to stay informed of the respective national restrictions. Here, we have collected links and information relevant to cross-border commuters from both Danish and Swedish authorities.
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Information for cross-border commuters

Covid-19 restrictions at the borders

Restiction on travel to Denmark

There are several travel restrictions currently in force at the Danish border. You will find an updated list of these restrictions in our article on the Danish border.

Go to our article about the Danish border

Restrictions on travel to Sweden

There are several travel restrictions currently in force at the Swedish border. You will find an updated list of these restrictions in our article on the Swedish border.

Go to our article about the Swedish border

Tax, social insurance and working from home

Tax when working from home

In response to the covid-19 crisis, both Swedish and Danish national governments have introduced restrictions to limit the spread of the disease. As a result, many cross-border commuters have been working from home, either fully or partially during 2020.

When you work from home during longer periods of time, you might need to pay taxes in your country of residence, as well as your country of work.

If you are required to pay taxes, and therefore declare your income in both Sweden and Denmark, your taxes in one country will be deducted from your taxes in the other country. There is never any question of double taxation.

 

More information on taxation during covid-19 at skatteverket.se

Change in income? Update your preliminary taxes

If the covid-19 crisis meant that your income changed - for example, if you have been working les hours, or if your taxable income is not split over two countries - then it is important to remember to update your preliminary tax return.

If your estimated income is too high, it will result in you paying too much in preliminary taxes. The difference between real and estimated taxes will not be returned to you until after you have completed your final tax declaration in June.

More information about preliminary income declaration at skatteverket.se

Social insurance when working from home

Försäkringskassan and Udbetaling Danmark have agreed on an exemption from certain social insurance rules - such as in which country cross-border commuters should be insured and in what country the employer pays employer contributions. This means that cross border commuters should not be affected by the restrictions imposed by coronavirus/covid-19.

More information about social insurance and covid-19 here

Unemployed or furloughed because of covid-19

If you live in Sweden and lose your job in Denmark

According to EU regulation, you should apply for unemployment benefit in the country where you live. If you lose your job, you should therefore apply for unemployment benefit in Sweden, even if you until recently worked in Denmark.

You should register with Arbetsförmedlingen in Sweden on your first day as unemployed. To receive income-based unemployment benefits, you need to become a member of a Swedish a-kassa.

Read more in our article on a-kasse when you work in Denmark

 

In some cases, you might not lose your job but you might be put on reduced hours. In that case, you should contact the Danish Jobcenter to receive Danish a-kasse to make up for your lost hours.

More information at lifeindenmark.dk

 

In our guide "Stop working in Denmark", you will find more information on what to consider when you lose your job in Denmark. This guide provides useful information both if you are let go from your job, or if you choose to leave yourself.

Read our checklist on what to consider when you stop working in Denmark here

If you live in Sweden and are offered a leave of absence (orlov/tjenstefrihed) in Denmark

Social insurance

If you are not entitled to unemployment benefits based on your income from Denmark – for example Danish a-kasse or Danish parental benefits, then you should belong to a Swedish social insurance as a job seeker.

If you are entitled to Danish a-kasse or Danish parental benefits, then you will continue to socially insured in Denmark until the payment of that specific benefit stops.

If you start working in Sweden during your leave of absence, regardless if you are compensated or not, then you should be socially registered in Sweden.

 

Swedish a-kassa

The main rule is that you cannot receive compensation from a Swedish a-kassa when you are on a leave of absence from a job in Denmark. There are few, very specific, exceptions.

A leave of absence does not count a “time worked”, or “skippable” time in Sweden. This could mean that if you lose your job during/after your leave of absence, you might not be entitled to compensation from a Swedish a-kassa.

More information at a-kassa.se (in Swedish)

 

Danish a-kasse

Similarly to the Swedish rules, leave of absence is not generally grounds for dagpenning. However, in certain cases, the Danish employer and the trade union could negotiate the opportunity for you, provided that you are a member of a Danish a-kassa. This could, for example, be cases when the employee is forced to go on a leave of absence of be fired. It is important to check with your trade union and your a-kasse in Denmark what applies to you as a cross-border worker before you accept a leave of absence.

More information at a-kasser.dk

 

Leave of absence – taxation and Danish a-kasse

Danish a-kassa is usually taxed in Denmark, but you could also be taxed in your country of residence. This does not mean that you will be subject to double taxation since you can request a deduction of your Danish tax in the Swedish income declaration.

This means that you should declare a-kassa/dagpenning in two countries, in the Swedish tax declaration and the Danish årsopgørelse, the year after you receive the benefit.

Adapted rules for a-kassa in Sweden

The Swedish government has adapted the rules governing unemployment insurance during the pandemic so that more people qualify for unemployment benefits. Read more about the adapted rules below.

 

More information at a-kassa.se

More information about Danish a-kassa if you work in Denmark and live in Sweden

Adapted rules for a-kassa in Denmark

The Danish government has announced adapted rules for a-kassa membership in Denmark during covid-19. 

More information can be found here (in Danish)

Furloughed cross-border commuter with a Danish employer – with salary

Hjælpepakke

The Danish government is offering a financial aid package to companies having to temporarily furlough their employees due the coronavirus/covid-19 crisis.

If your Danish employer makes use of the Danish states’ salary compensation program, and you have received a written confirmation that you will continue to be employed, then you will receive full pay in the meantime. You must be at your employer’s disposal and be able to return to work when the employer finds it appropriate. Your contribution is that you give up 5 vacation days. Your employer will receive a large portion of the cost from the Danish state.

More information at virksomhedsguiden.dk (Danish)

 

Taxation of furlough compensation

In Denmark, furlough compensation is considered the same as wages for work. That means that the compensation should be taxed in Denmark.

 

Taxation of furlough compensation for individuals employed in the airline sector

So called “flygande personal”, who are employed in the airline business will be taxed in Sweden. Since the furlough compensation is considered wages in Sweden, these will also be taxed as wages.

Furloughed cross-border commuter with a Danish employer – without salary

If you are laid off without pay, but still retain your employment, contact your Danish a-kassa immediately to apply for a daily allowance (dagpenge). Ask to speak to someone who knows about EU regulations.

If you are not a member in a Danish a-kassa when you work in Denmark, then you cannot receive a daily allowance (dagpenge) from Denmark while you are furloughed.

Find more information in our article on a-kassa

Vaccination and covid-19 testing in the Øresund region

Vaccination

If you live in Sweden, you will receive an offer of vaccination from the region where you live. You will receive the offer even if you work in Denmark, if you are socially insured in Denmark or if you are a citizen of another country. In some case, if you for example work in the health sector in Denmark, you might receive an offer of vaccination from your employer.

You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding vaccination at 1177 Vårdguiden. Here you will find answers to questions such as: When can I get vaccinated? Can I book an appointment, and if so, how?

More information on the rules in your region on 1177

Covid-19 tests in Sweden

To be able to travel across the border to Denmark, you need to take a covid-19 test. As a cross-border commuter, you are eligible to take a test and receive a travel certificate for free through Region Skåne.

 

Free testing 

These tests can, for example, be done at Vaccina at Quality Hotel View in Hyllie (booking required), Scantest by Emporia’s parking lot (drop-in), or Min Doktor at several locations (drop-in).

 

More information about tests in your region can be found on 1177.se

Covid-19 test at 1177.se (select you region) 

 

Get tested by Vaccina

Book an appointment at Vaccina

 

Get tested by Scantest

  1. Bring your yellow health card with your CPR number (Sundhedskort) and your employment contract. The contract needs to show that you are currently employed in Denmark. If you are a student, bring your student card or other for of proof of studies. If you are a sole trader, bring a certificate from Det centrale Virksomhedsregister with your business CVR number clearly stated.

  2. Visit Scantest test center.
    Address: Hyllie Stationsväg 8, entrance by the west partking lot by Emporia.
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00. Saturday to Sunday 09:00 to 19:00.

  3. You will receive your test result at the test center within 15 minutes. You will receive a paper travel certificate.

 

Get tested by Min Doktor

  1. Bring your yellow health card with your CPR number (Sundhedskort) and your employment contract. The contract needs to show that you are currently employed in Denmark. If you are a student, bring your student card or other for of proof of studies. If you are a sole trader, bring a certificate from Det centrale Virksomhedsregister with your business CVR number clearly stated.

  2. Visit one of the Min Doktor locations below. You do not need to book an appointment.

    Min Doktor, Hyllie, Malmö

    Min Doktor, ICA Maxi Toftanäs, Malmö

    Min Doktor, ICA Maxi Berga, Helsingborg

    Min Doktor, ICA Maxi Råå, Helsingborg
  1. You will receive your test result at the test center within 15 minutes. You will receive a paper travel certificate.

 

Find more information about travel certificates at 1177.se (in Swedish)

 

Test a travel certificate

The Danish police accepts both PCR-tests and antigen-tests, but not anti-body tests. Several pieces of information have to be included on the test certificate such as your name, the time of testing and who issued the certificate. Tests can be presented either on paper, or digitally – for example on the phone. Test results who are not negative will not be accepted.

You are encouraged to use the template travel certificates on the politi.dk’s website.

Find the template here

 

Covid-19 tests by private companies

There are also private actors that offer covid-19 tests, but these are not free.

List of private testing agencies at folkhalsomyndigheten.se (in Swedish)

 

Please be aware that:

  • Test that you take yourself at home are not accepted at the border.
  • Anti-body tests are not accepted at the border.
  • The Danish border police reserves the right to stop anyone who is showing clear signs of illness, such as a cough or fever, from entering Denmak.
  • If you have received a positive covid-19 result, and at least 14 days have passed, you are exempt from the negative test requirement.

 

Covid-19 tests in Denmark

Most cross-border commuters in the Öresund region are currently required to present a negative covid-19 test to cross either of the borders. There are several possibilities to take a test in Denmark.

You can book a free covid-19 test in Denmark if you have a Danish CPR number.

Log in with NemID at coronaprover.dk to book a test

 

There are also several private companies that provide so called quick tests (“kviktest” or antigen tests). You do not need to book an appointment in advance at these test centers. These tests are free for Danish citizens.

More information about quick test centers at regioner.dk

Other information from Danish public authorities

The Danish government has implemented several restrictions in order to limit the spread of covid-19.

Restrictions to limit the spread of covid-19

The Danish government has introduced restrictions on the arrangements or participations of any activities in the public sphere, both indoors and outside.

Find the most up to date information at coronasmitte.dk

 

Airports, train stations, public transport (trains, busses, airplanes, ferries) are not included in the restrictions.

Face masks

Face masks are required to be worn in restaurants, cafés, bars, retail stores (including supermarkets and shopping malls), and to some extent at educational institutions. 

Face masks must also be word in hospitals and doctor surgeries, as well as on all form of transport for both sitting and standing passengers.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt.

More information about the requirement on coronasmitte.dk

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