Actions due to Corona measures

The Danish folk high schools are open. You will hear more from the folk high school you are enrolled in. The situation is constantly evolving, so stay tuned here.

Status

From April 21, 2021, a folk high school program in Denmark is again considered a worthy purpose for entry to Denmark and applications for residence permits will be handled by the Danish Immigration Service.

General questions and answers related to the closure of the folk high schools

This is an unknown situation for all of us and we do not have all the answers. Principally you find your way through this strange time locally in dialogue with the individual folk high school.

On this site you will find general questions and answers related to the actions due to Corona measures. Also keep updated on the situation here:

Danish authorities about coronavirus / COVID-19.

Danish Immigration Service.

Q&A

Yes, the Danish folk high schools are open

Contact the individual school to find out how they handle their courses.

 

The Danish folk high schools apply to COVID 19 guidelines set by the ministry of culture.

You will be instructed both before the course and when you arrive to the folk high school. And we hope, of course, that together we can create good and vibrant folk high school, while at the same time ensuring that we avoid infecting each other. Instead, we can infect each other with joy and life enlightenment, which is the core of the folk high school.

Family Groups

Students are organized into family groups. Within the family group, you do not have to comply with the recommendation for a minimum of 1-meter distance. The family group is defined according to the physical layout of the school. A family group can share rooms, toilets, baths, etc.

Tests

You need to provide a negative test result before arrival at the school. During courses, the folk high schools are conducting two weekly tests. There are certain exceptions from the test requirements, e.g. if you are fully vaccinated. 

Distance requirements

In the reopening guidelines on teaching it says that the 1-meter distance requirement applies to anyone outside the same family group. Some activities require a distance of 2 meters. This applies to community singing and some other activities. This applies to participants who are not in the same family group. There must also be a 2 meters distance between teacher / lecturer and first row.

The seating arrangements should ensure 1-meter distance. This applies unless the students belong to the same family group.

Cleaning

As in the rest of society, there are higher requirements for cleaning than before. Several areas need to be cleaned twice daily. This applies to shared toilets, tables and contact points, e.g. taps, toilet buttons, toilet seats, table surfaces, door handles, handrails, armrests, light switches and the like. Students can participate in cleaning if the guidelines are adhered to.

At least once a day, trash cans are emptied or before they are filled. Rooms and indoor common areas are also cleaned daily.

Principally, it is sufficient to clean with water and soap.

Come by car or travel outside peak hours

We encourage you to get to the folk high school by car, and if you come by public transport, travel outside of peak hours. You may be asked to arrive at a specific time interval, so we avoid large gatherings upon arrival.

Updated April 21

From April 21st a folk high school program in Denmark is again on the list of worthy purposes for entry to Denmark.

However there will still be restrictions on travelling to Denmark from certain countries. Students residing in countries marked red in the map below will not be allowed to enter. Students from orange and yellow countries can enter. The map is updated every week. 

Find more information about entry to Denmark and the map showing which countries Denmark allows entry from 

Updated April 21th

The Danish Immigration Service is again processing applications for residence permits in Denmark for students. Be aware that residence permit will not be granted to students who wish to enter from a country in the red category.

See map from the Danish Foreign Ministry

Read more about the new entry rules at newtodenmark.dk

 

Updated April 15th

No residence permits will be granted for folk high school stays until 21 April for people from third countries.

The executive order described below has been prolonged until April 21. The Ministry of Immigration and Integration Affairs will sent out an update on the situation before April 21.

If you are an EU citizen and already in Denmark your application will be handled by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

Read more: www.newtodenmark.dk 

 

Updated February 10th

No residence permits will be granted for folk high school stays until 15. of April.

The Ministry of Immigration and Integration Affairs has issued an executive order, which means that no residence permit will be granted for certain types of residence in Denmark unless the applicant already has legal residence and is in the country. This applies, among other things, to study stays.

If you are refused on the basis of the executive order, you will at the same time be reimbursed the entire case processing fee you have paid to SIRI. If a refusal is granted on the grounds that you do not meet the conditions for obtaining a residence under the given scheme, there will be no refund of the case processing fee paid to SIRI.

Until further notice, we espect that the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration’s (SIRI) will continue to process applications for residence permits after this date.

There is a long processing time for residence permit at the moment - expect 3 months.

SIRI has a 60 days service goal starting the day they have received all the relevant documentation, but due to COVID 19, expect longer processing times.

Extension of the biometric features (facial photo and fingerprints)

Normally you must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after submitting your application. 

It is your own responsibility to keep track of the situation in the place where you are currently staying and of the possibility to have your biometric features recorded. Read more about the extension.

Read more: www.newtodenmark.dk 

The Danish Immigration Service and the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration’s official web portal about the rules for entering and residing in Denmark.

Yes, you should be tested before and upon entry, and be aware of the rules for isolation

Denmark has introduced restrictions upon arrival in order to limit the spread of new COVID-19 virus variants and prevent the accelerated spread of more infectious virus variants.

All persons entering Denmark are required to be tested before and upon entry.

All persons entering Denmark from an orange or red country must subsequently isolate for 10 days.

As of April 21, 2021, the requirement to isolate does not apply to persons travelling to Denmark from a yellow country.

Read more about the mandatory test and isolation requirements

Come by car or travel outside peak hours

We encourage you to get to the folk high school by car. If you come by public transport, travel outside of peak hours. You may be asked to arrive at a specific time interval, so we avoid large gatherings upon arrival. It is a requirement to wear facemask in public transport in Denmark at the moment.

It is recommended that the folk high schools reimburse your payment 100% if you have been sent home and haven’t received extensive online teaching. If you have received extensive online teaching or/and have been living at the school, this could justify something else.

What happens if I unsubscribe?

The folk high schools have their individual rules if you unsubscribe. Therefore: check the folk high schools’ website if you want to know what the terms are. In many schools, you can pay a cancellation fee, which guarantees you the money back regardless of the reason for unsubscribing.

Can I get money back from a cancelled study trip?

The rules are complex. Contact the individual folk high school.

 

Many have an opinion on whether it is justifiable to have courses at the folk high schools or not. 

It is the Ministry of Culture that sets the framework for how to uphold folk high school activities while at the same time taking into account infection and health.

The Ministry writes in the reopening guidelines that teaching at folk high schools should take place preferably physical at the school. Schools must continue to take health considerations into the organization of teaching to prevent the spread of infection. However, the teaching must as far as possible comply with the usual academic requirements. For health reasons, there may be some changes in weekly hours and physical presence.

That is why the folk high schools are now preparing to organize the teaching in new ways, with distance, higher hygiene requirements, handling infection risk and more.

 

 

Face masks are mandatory in public transport and all public spaces in Denmark (including shops). In addition to the use of the face mask you need to keep social distance – at least one meter – at all times. Please read more about how the Danish Government handle the pandemic.