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A safe trip for everyone during COVID-19

Updated 19 April 2021


Scandlines has implemented a number of initiatives on the ferries and in its BorderShops to make sure, that all passengers have a safe journey during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiatives are based on advice and guidance from the Danish public health authorities, The Foreign Ministry of Denmark and the German authorities. 

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Entry into Denmark

There are temporary entry restrictions for persons wishing to enter Denmark. For more information, please check https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations/entry-into-denmark

Travelling to Germany 

Please observe that the Danish government advises against all non-essential travel to Germany.

For more information regarding the temporary Danish travel restrictions, please check the travel information on the website of the Foreign Ministry of Denmark.

Can I travel through Denmark to go to e.g. Sweden without a stay in Denmark?

Generally, the entry regulations of transit and the destination country apply and all customers are obliged to comply with them.

Before buying your ticket and starting your journey, please find out whether there are any entry restrictions to Sweden for your planned trip via Denmark.


Entry into Germany

Since 08 November 2020, people entering Germany from high-risk areas https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Transport/Archiv_Risikogebiete/EN-Tab.html are also required to comply with the existing quarantine regulations and the obligation to register digitally at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de at the local health authority before starting the crossing unless you fall under one of the exceptions listed below. 

Scandlines is obliged to check in the harbour before the ferry crossing whether the passenger has successfully completed the digital entry registration. If the passenger does not show proof of the digital entry registration, Scandlines is not allowed to transport the passenger. 

The following groups of people are exempted from the obligation to register for entry:

- People who transited a risk area without stopover
- People who only enter Germany for transit
- People who on grounds of local border traffic have stayed less than 24h in a risk area or are going to stay less than 24h in Germany 
- People who on a professional basis enter Germany in order to transport people or goods via road 

Reimbursement and rebooking of tickets

Can I get a refund for my ticket, which I cannot use due to travel restrictions?

We continuously follow the development of the Covid-19 pandemic. This also applies to travel restrictions. However, as a ferry operator we only conclude a transport contract, we do not provide services in the travel or package travel sector. Therefore, we are not subject to reimbursement claims.

However, it is very important for us to support our customers in this very difficult situation and help them find alternative solutions to prevent loss.

Refundable tickets will be refunded according to valid tariff conditions. When you buy a ferry ticket, you always get the option to buy a Refund Ticket Service for later ticket refunding if you have to cancel the ticket.

If you have a ticket with departure between 23 October 2020 and 4 May 2021

With effect from 22 October 2020, the Danish government has made new restrictions valid for all travel into Germany. As an extraordinary measure, Scandlines offers customers with a ticket valid for departure between 23 October 2020 and 4 May 2021 the possibility to change their booking without paying a fee or to get a voucher for the same amount as the price of the present ticket. The voucher is valid for travel in the year 2021.

Please contact our Customer Service on servicecenter.germany@scandlines.com or call +49 (0) 381 – 77 88 77 66.

If you have a ticket with departure after 4 May 2021

Scandlines monitors how the travel restrictions develop. On this website, we will keep you updated about the conditions for possible change of booked tickets valid later that 4 May 2021.

Can I use my voucher received 2020 for a new booking within 2021 of a journey until end of 2021?

Yes, due to the current situation you can use your voucher for a new booking with a journey until end of 2021. 
The redemption period has been extended.

I have booked a ticket but have become ill. Is it possible to get a refund?

Tickets bought on conditions allowing a refund are of course always refundable.
When buying a ferry ticket, you always get the option to buy a Refund Ticket Service for later ticket refunding if you have to cancel the ticket.

As a SMILE member, can I exchange my ticket for SMILE points?

It is not possible to exchange your ticket for SMILE points.

Will I receive an email if my departure is cancelled due to COVID-19?

Our Customer Service will contact you if you have a booking for a departure that is cancelled, provided that Customer Service has your contact details. We recommend that you keep informed on our website Scandlines.com



COVID-19 precautions on the ferries

At Scandlines, we have implemented a number of initiatives based on guidelines from the authorities in order to make your journey during COVID-19 safe. 

Can I travel by ferry between Germany and Denmark? 

Yes, anyone can use our ferries on the Puttgarden-Rødby and Rostock-Gedser routes as long as accepted travel reasons can be proven and the test and quarantine requirements of the destination and transit country are met.

Since these rules can change regionally and quickly, we have decided, among other things, to suspend the sale of pedestrian tickets for round trips without going ashore until the authorities of the respective flag state expressly permit excursions again.


Which precautions do you take at the harbours and on the ferries?

At the harbours, there is no close contact as everyone is in their own car. If you leave your car to get some fresh air or to use the restrooms, you must wear a face mask or visor. 
On all our ferries, we follow the rules of adequate hand hygiene and make hand disinfectant available to all passengers. The dispensers empty quickly and we refill them as fast as possible. 
On all our ferries, we have put up posters with advice on how to avoid the virus from spreading.
We continuously clean all areas and devices touched by many hands with disinfectant. Among these areas are door handles, railings, water taps and push buttons for toilet flush.

Remember your face mask

As of 22 August 2020, it is compulsory to cover nose and mouth in public transport in Denmark. This also applies to Scandlines ferries operating the Puttgarden-Rødby and Rostock-Gedser routes between Germany and Denmark.

So please remember to bring a face mask when travelling with Scandlines. You have to wear a face mask in the terminal area, when you leave your car, and during the entire crossing, but not when eating and drinking. 

If you are travelling as a foot passenger, you must wear a face mask when you enter the terminal building. 

Scandlines crew working in the passenger areas must also wear a face mask or visor. Employees who are not in direct contact with the passengers are exempted from this requirement. 

It is not compulsory to wear a face mask for children under 12 years, people with breathing difficulties, reduced level of awareness, or people with physical or mental impairments which mean that they cannot remove the face mask themselves.

Less passengers on board means lots of room

We have limited the maximum number of passengers on board by approx. 35 percent, with small variations from ferry to ferry. This way, we can guarantee that there is enough space for all passengers.

Prohibition against assemblies does not apply to general use of public transport or to the use of ferries. The average number of passengers per crossing is low. Furthermore, it is possible to travel outside peak times and our ferries are big enough for you to avoid close contact to other passengers.

Fresh air both inside and on the deck

We make sure that the indoor areas on our ferries are well vented using our efficient ventilation systems, but we also encourage our passengers to take a stroll on the outdoor decks to get fresh air and enjoy the view. We have lowered the maximum number of passengers on board by approx. 35 percent, so there is lots of room for everyone.

Would you like to stay in your car during the crossing?

Generally, we recommend that our passengers go on the deck and enjoy the crossing. Our ferries are big and there is sufficient space to avoid close contact to other passengers. Furthermore, we follow all COVID-19 recommendations from the German and Danish authorities. However, if you wish to stay in your car during the crossing, this is possible.

This is how you do:

When checking-in, please inform our personnel in the check-in box that you and your passengers wish to stay in the car during the crossing. Together with your ticket, you get a note with instructions on how to act. It is important that you and your passengers comply with these instructions. 

The number of passengers allowed to remain on the car decks is determined to be maximum 100 passengers in 20 cars.

If the number of passengers wishing to stay in their cars exceeds the maximum number allowed, we refer all excess cars/passengers to the next departure.

You are not permitted to start the engine during the crossing. There are no toilets on the car deck and smoking in the car during the crossing is not allowed.

Food and drink on board

On the Rostock-Gedser route, our Scandlines Buffet is currently closed, but our FoodXpress is open.

On the Puttgarden-Rødby route our FoodXpress, Scandlines Kitchen and Coffee Shop are open.

Onboardshop is open

Onboardshop is open as always. We have made extra disinfection dispensers available and marked the floor to secure social distancing, so all customers can comply with the COVID-19 recommendations. Furthermore, there are less passengers on board as we have reduced the number of passengers by approx. 35 percent, which makes it easy to keep social distance.



Visit our BorderShop

BorderShop in Puttgarden and in Rostock are open. However, to make your shopping trip safe, we have implemented a number of initiatives in order to comply with guidelines from the German authorities. 

Is BorderShop open?

Yes, both our BorderShop in Puttgarden and in Rostock are open. You can see offers and opening hours on bordershop.com. Easymarked in Rostock is open from 06.00 until 22.00.

Is there is a limit to the number of customers in BorderShop?

In BorderShop Puttgarden, a maximum of 700 customers at the same time is allowed and in BorderShop Rostock the maximum is 120 customers. Automatic counting at the entrances secures that this number is not exceeded. 

Face masks

Currently it is compulsory to wear face masks in all shops in Germany. Therefore, you must wear a face mask when visiting the BorderShops. This applies for both the shop and the parkering areas.  

Hand disinfectant

You find hand disinfectant at the entrance, so you can disinfect your hands. You also find disinfectant and paper for cleaning the handles on the shopping carts.

Show consideration and keep social distance

We have marked the floor in order to remind everyone of social distancing and to make it easier to take care of each other and show consideration. 



Contact us

We are always ready to answer your questions. Contact our Customer Service e-mail servicecenter.germany@scandlines.com or call +49 (0) 381 – 77 88 77 66.