Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
The island of Bornholm is located to the east of mainland Denmark. Students coming from the United States or other countries (except Sweden) should book airfare to Copenhagen, Denmark. From Copenhagen, travelers can take one of two routes to reach Bornholm (see below): 1) take a train from Copenhagen to Ystad, Sweden, and then catch a ferry from Ystad to the city of Rønne (on Bornholm); or 2) fly from Copenhagen to Bornholm Airport.
Students are expected to arrive by ferry at the port in Rønne or by plane at the Bornholm Airport on or before May 29, 2022. Students will be met at the airport or the ferry dock by the project directors or staff and taken to the guest house in Åkirkeby.
If you missed your connection or your flight (or ferry) is delayed, please call, text or email the project directors or staff immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
1. Traveling from Copenhagen to Bornholm via Ystad in Sweden
Take the Øresund train from Copenhagen to Sweden. At Malmö C, Hyllie or Triangeln you will need to switch to Skånetrafikens Pågatåg (commuter rail), which runs the rest of the road to Ystad, where the ferry is. A ticket is always required for the ferry. The trip by train and ferry and both trains can be booked together via DSB, link further down this page. Tickets are available from DKK 149, one-way.
Total travel time from Copenhagen: Approx. 3 hours and 45 minutes.
2. Traveling from Copenhagen Airport to Bornholm Airport
There are frequent flights between Bornholm Airport and Copenhagen Airport (25 minutes flight). Be sure to check the low-cost flight options. (https://dat.dk)
IMPORTANT: The official websites for the Ministry of Health and Police (see below) are updated regularly to reflect current status about COVID requirements for travelers.
Please see this site for up-to-date information: https://coronasmitte.dk/en
Effective September 4, the United States is classified as “orange” for purposes of entry into Denmark. Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States may travel to Denmark for any reason, including for tourism, with proof you have been fully vaccinated with a European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved vaccine and it has been 14 days or longer since your last vaccine shot. Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States are also exempt from testing and quarantine requirements upon arrival in Denmark. You must present documentation that you are fully vaccinated which includes: your name, your date of birth, what disease you were vaccinated against, the vaccine name, your vaccination status, and the date of vaccination (both first and second dose if your vaccine had more than one dose). Visit the Danish government COVID-19 website (in English) for detailed information about travel to Denmark by fully vaccinated travelers from the United States. We recommend you print out and carry with you a copy of the Danish government guidelines to demonstrate to airline personnel that you are exempt from COVID-related travel restrictions in place.
Measures to mitigate COVID-19 in Denmark may change. Bookmark the Danish government COVID-19 website (available in English) to have the most up-to-date information about travel restrictions and other measures in place in the country:
- Depending on regulations at the time the project starts, students will be taken to get a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival and during their stay at the project. The test is free of cost.
- Students will be picked up at the airport or the ferry port by project staff. It is important for the staff to have all the proper information regarding to students’ flight and/or ferry; this information will be shared in advance of travel. From the airport/ferry, students will be taken to the campsite and then to get a COVID test in the hospital.
- Daily transportation to the excavation from the campsite will be by bus. A small bus with capacity for 24 people has been hired, so the 10 students can be in separate seats and maintain the minimum distance required by health authorities. Face masks will be used at all times when sharing common areas or transportation.
- Hygiene and sanitation will be important in the campsite and the excavation site.
All students are required to have a valid passport when traveling to Denmark. US citizens should ensure that their passport is valid for 6 months after their planned trip before traveling to Denmark. Citizens of EU, EEA, USA, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand and some countries in Latin America do not need a visa to Denmark for this field school. Citizens of other countries may need a visa, so we recommend consulting the nearest Danish embassy website for specific visa requirements. Where necessary, the BARC can send an official invitation letter that should be used at the relevant embassy to secure a visa to the program.