The Copenhagen-Oslo ferry route temporarily suspended
Following the introduction of new national measures intended to delay the spread of Covid-19 viruses, DFDS has ceased sailings between Copenhagen and Oslo.
“We had hoped to be able to continue with the changes we had introduced to meet the Danish government's measures, but now the Norwegian government has introduced new measures. This means that passengers will have to quarantine for 14 days upon entry into Norway if they have been outside the Nordic countries in the period after 27 February.
We fully understand the precautions that have important health and societal goals. In order to live up to our responsibility to support the necessary precautions, we see no alternative to suspending the sailing until April 1 as a minimum,” says Kasper Moos, VP and Head of DFDS’ passenger business.
The last departure from Copenhagen will be on Saturday 14 March, whilst the last departure from Oslo will be on Sunday 15 March.
“We do everything we can to help the passengers and continue to sail for a few days to ensure that the guests who have been on a ski holiday to Norway or city break to Denmark get a reasonable time to come home,” he says.
Customers are being informed
DFDS is now in full contact with the customers who have booked a trip during the period to inform about the route closure.
The employees will be informed as soon as possible
Unfortunately, with the temporary route closure, we will not be able to avoid that it impacts the crews on board.
“We are very sorry. We have skilled and dedicated crews who have made a fantastic effort to ensure that the route has been able to continue until now, and that our guests have been able to enjoy a good travel experience, even under the very difficult conditions they have worked under during the past weeks and months,” says Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel, Chief People Officer at DFDS.
“For the sake of the customers, we needed to inform about this as soon as possible, so that they have the opportunity to change their travel plans. Unfortunately, this means that we have not yet had the opportunity to disclose what this exactly means for the individual employee. We are now in contact with the professional organisations to find the best possible solutions to the difficult situation, and we will of course inform the affected staff as soon as we are ready, ”she says.