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Germany/Denmark: G20 border checks result in delays

Security checks in lead-up to G20 summit (to take place in Hamburg July 7-8) cause delays at border between Denmark and Germany

TIMEFRAME expected from 26/6/2017, 12h00 until 8/7/2017, 11h59 (Europe/Berlin). COUNTRY/REGION Germany, Denmark

Event

Identity checks - implemented on June 12 along Germany's air, sea, and land borders in the lead-up to the G20 summit - are causing delays at the Danish border, with waiting times of up to 30 minutes for individuals arriving by the Danish southbound E45 motorway, according to media reports on June 23. Disruptions at airports and seaports are also possible.

As a reminder, travelers wishing to enter Germany - including from within the Schengen Area - are currently required to present a passport or an ID issued by a European Union (EU) member state, as well as valid visas and/or residence cards if applicable, upon entry. The border controls are currently set to remain in place until at least July 8.

Context

The 12th G20 summit, taking place July 7-8 in Hamburg, will include leaders from the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Italy, India, Indonesia, France, China, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Argentina, and the EU.

Germany and Denmark are both members of the EU's Schengen Area, a collection of 26 European countries that allow for passport-free travel between their borders. Under Schengen rules, countries can implement internal border controls for up to ten days for national security or public policy reasons. These controls can be renewed for periods of up to 30 days, with a maximum limit of six months.

Advice

Travelers are advised to carry relevant ID documents and to anticipate longer waiting times at borders security posts.

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