Denmark has eased its coronavirus restrictions and is now allowing in visitors seeking to be reunited with their better halves — so long as they can prove their romance is real.
People who are married or engaged to someone in Denmark — or those who have been tied romantically for at least six months — must present evidence of their relationship when they attempt to cross the border to join their partner, Deutsche Welle reported.
“They can bring along a photo or a love letter,” deputy police chief Allan Dalager Clausen told Danish broadcaster DR.
“I realize these are very intimate things, but the decision to let in the partner ultimately rests on the judgment of the individual police officer,” he added.
The government later said a written declaration would be enough to be granted entry under the rules that went into effect Monday.
“If you say, you are in a relationship and put it in writing, that is enough,” Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup told local broadcaster TV2.
The rules apply to travelers looking to come into Denmark from other Scandinavian countries or Germany.
But online love affairs don’t count. Partners have to show that they had regular, in-person meetings prior to the pandemic.
Relationships that consisted “solely of written or telephone correspondence” won’t be recognized “in the context of the current entry restrictions,” Danish authorities said.
Some lawmakers slammed the relationship-proving procedures as a breach of privacy.
“I’ve never heard of a country where entry requires the showing of intimate texts or photos from a partner,” said Kristian Hegaard of the Social-Liberal Party.
“We finally allowed couples to visit each other, but did not abolish the right of privacy.”
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