Corona passport – where and how?

A corona passport documents that you are vaccinated, previously have been infected or have recently tested negative for COVID-19. You need a corona passport in many situations in Denmark as well as when travelling abroad.

Updated: 16. January 2022

In Denmark, people over the age of 15 are required to show a corona passport in many situations in order to prevent the spread of infection.

You can get a corona passport if you have been vaccinated, if you have been infected within the past five months or if you have tested negative for COVID-19 with a PCR test within the last 72 hours or a rapid antigen within the last 48 hours.

When vaccinated, corona passports for people over the age of 18 will be valid for five months after the second vaccine. The corona passport becomes valid without a time limit after the third vaccine.

You can get a corona passport in the form of the corona passport app, which is activated using NemID via the Danish health authorities’ MinSundhed app, or as a printed document. If you use a printed corona passport, you must remember to carry valid ID such as a passport, driver’s licence, health card or other publicly issued identity cards.

You need the corona passport in these situations

Public transportation

In InterCity and InterCity light trains, you must use a corona passport, travel document (season ticket, travel card or ticket) and seat ticket. Your ticket is not valid if you cannot present corona passport at the same time.

You must also use corona passport in long distance buses.

Education

You must present a corona passport at higher education, youth and adult education, language centres and folk high schools for adults.

Culture, activities and attractions

You must present a corona passport at amusement parks, zoos, aquariums, traveling amusement parks, museums, knowledge pedagogical activity centres, art galleries, cinemas, theaters, cultural centers, lectures, conferences, performing arts, concerts and screenings and big screen events.

You must present a corona passport in gyms and swimming baths. You must also use it at outdoor and indoor sporting events with paying spectators or spectators who are offered tickets free of charge, which would normally be offered for sale.

Workplaces

Companies may require their employees to be able to present corona passport. Corona passports are also required for employees in the regions and in the state.

Restaurants, cafees and bars

You must present a corona passport at restaurants, cafes and bars.

Takeaway outlets and the indoor serving of food at shelters, meal centres, hostels, nursing homes etc. are exempt from the corona passport requirement.

Service professions

You must present a corona passport at service professions like tattooists, piercings, spas, body care, beauty and massage clinics, hairdressers, staffed solariums and driving schools and driving tests.

Churches and religious communities

You must present a corona passport if there is more than 100 participants at an indoor event or more than 1,000 participants at an outdoor event. This includes parish events, church services and religious ceremonies such as baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Prisons and detention centers

Visitors to prisons and detention centers must present a corona passport in order to gain access to a room or a location connected to prisons and detention centers under the Department of Prisons and Probation. Children under the age of 15, guardians, personal representatives and lawyers are exempt.

Vulnerable persons

The corona passport must be shown by visitors to supported housing facilities, nursing homes and hospitals. This also applies for close relatives.

The corona passport requirement only applies to rooms and locations to which the public has access. The resident’s own flat or room is not included. If access requires passage through communal areas, however, the requirement will apply.

In addition, the following persons are exempt from the requirement: Children under the age of 15, close relatives, guardians, personal representatives and lawyers etc., volunteers or persons delivering goods or services to the place in question.

Travel

The Danish corona passport is valid as an EU Digital COVID Certificate when travelling. You may be asked to show your corona passport when you return from a trip abroad, depending on which country you are travelling from.

When required

Traders, private cultural institutions and associations are generally free to introduce stricter requirements for their visitors than are prescribed by law – for example that a corona passport must be shown or that face masks or visors must be worn. Read more:

Are you exempt from the corona passport requirement?

The following are exempt from the corona passport requirement:

  • Children under the age of 15.
  • Persons who can provide documentation that they are exempt from having to have a COVID-19 test. The documentations must be issued and signed by a citizen service centre.
  • Participants in political meetings, elections and election events.

Further exceptions may apply in specific areas.

Corona passport when travelling

The Danish corona passport is part of the collaboration on the European corona passport, and all EU and Schengen countries accept the Danish corona passport as documentation of vaccination, test results or previous infection.

You can use the Danish corona passport app or the printed corona passport from sundhed.dk as a valid European corona passport when travelling. If you are exempt from receiving digital post, your vaccine passport will be sent to you directly by post. You can also ask for a vaccine passport for travel use to be sent to you by calling sundhed.dk on telephone +45 44 22 77 74.

Please note that all countries can decide their own testing or isolation requirements etc. Therefore, it is important that you always check the local travel rules in force at your destination.

Digital corona passports

You are eligible for a digital corona passport once you can document that you have been vaccinated against, recently tested negative for, or have previously been infected with COVID-19. See which types of documentation apply:

Your vaccination passport becomes valid 14 days after your first jab. You must get your second jab within 42 days of the first jab in order for your vaccination passport to remain valid. If vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson your vaccination passport becomes valid 14 days after your first and only jab.

You can find your vaccination passport (corona passport) in the following places:

  • As a corona passport in the corona passport app.
  • In the MinSundhed app.
  • Viewing and downloading your test results on sundhed.dk via your smartphone’s browser.
  • Other apps showing your vaccination status, e.g. MinLæge.

See answers to questions about corona passports and vaccination at sundhed.dk (Danish)

You can use a negative test result as documentation that for PCR test was taken within the past 72 hours and for a rapid antigen test (RAT) within the past 48 hours. This will activate a valid corona passport.

Find testing sites here:

Find COVID-19 test center

You can see your negative test result in the following places:

  • You can see your negative test result in the corona passport app.
  • You can also find your negative test result on the MinSundhed app.
  • Download and print a test passport from sundhed.dk if you have a negative PCR test result.
  • View your negative test result (both PCR and rapid antigen tests) on the sundhed.dk app or at the website under ‘Se dit COVID-19 prøvesvar’ (See your COVID-19 test result)
  • Use the test result you have received (e.g. by text message) from a private testing provider to document a negative rapid antigen test (RAT).
  • Use other apps that show your test results, e.g. MinLæge.

Read more about COVID-19 testing

If you have previously been infected with COVID-19, you can use this as documentation by showing the result from your positive PCR test. Positive rapid antigen tests cannot be used as corona passport documentation.

Your positive PCR test must be at least 11 days old and maximum 5 months old to qualify as valid documentation.

You can see your immunity passport (corona passport) in the following places:

  • You can see your immunity passport in the corona passport app.
  • You can find your immunity passport in the MinSundhed app.
  • View your test result at sundhed.dk under ‘Se dit COVID-19 prøvesvar’ (also available via your smartphone’s browser).

Go to sundhed.dk (Danish)

Corona passports for people without digital access

You can also document your corona passport without having digital access.

Documentation of vaccination against COVID-19:

  • Individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who are exempt from receiving digital post will receive documentation of their vaccination (vaccination passport) directly via ordinary mail. This applies both after the first vaccination and when the individual is fully vaccinated.
  • Individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can also order a printed vaccination passport from sundhed.dk by phone on (+45) 4422 7774. This is possible both after the first vaccination and when the individual is fully vaccinated.

See questions and answers about corona passports and vaccination at sundhed.dk (Danish)

Documentation of a COVID-19 test:

  • It is currently possible to get physical documentation of results from rapid antigen tests (RAT) carried out by private providers. These providers are required to provide physical documentation to any individuals who request it.
  • In addition, there is a proxy solution available via sundhed.dk, which enables relatives or guardians to view test results and download COVID-19 test passports and COVID-19 immunity passports.

Read more about COVID-19 testing and find test centre

If you have been infected with COVID-19, you can get physical documentation for a positive PCR test from your doctor. The documentation can be used as a corona passport after at least 11 days and up to 5 months. It is not possible to get physical documentation for a rapid antigen test (RAT) from your doctor.

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The corona passport app

With the corona passport app, you can easily present your test results or vaccination or immunity passports. You can also document this by means of printouts, test results via text messages, etc.

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How the corona passport app works

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How to set up your corona passport

For companies and institutions

Traders, private cultural institutions and associations are generally free to introduce stricter requirements for their visitors than are prescribed by law – for example that a corona passport must be shown or that face masks/visors must be worn. Traders, private cultural institutions and associations must, however, make sure that there is no discrimination. Read more:

Voluntary restrictions (in Danish)

FAQs

General questions about the corona passport

Updated: 16 January 2022

A corona passport documents that you have been fully vaccinated against, have been previously infected with, or have tested negative for COVID-19. A negative PCR-test is valid for 72 hours and a negative antigen-test is valid for 48 hours.

Corona passport is required in the following areas:

  • Indoor restaurants (with the exception of takeaway places and restaurants associated with social services and in premises and in locations where services are provided in accordance with the Social Services Act, including in the elderly area (eg hostels, warm rooms and nursing homes).
  • Visitors to prisons and detention centers.
  • Higher education, youth and adult education and language centers.
  • Liberal service professions, including tattoo, piercing, spa, body care, beauty and massage clinics, hairdressers and other premises where services are provided which, by their nature, involve close physical contact with customers, and staffed tanning beds.
  • Driving schools and driving tests.
  • InterCity and InterCity express trains. Travel documents (season tickets, travel cards or single tickets) are not valid without a seat ticket and corona passport.
  • Long-distance buses.
  • Swimming pools.
  • Premises used as fitness centers (from 24 December 2021).
  • Cinemas, theatres, conferences, community centers, concerts, and lectures.
  • Knowledge Education Activity Centers (VPAC) and the like.
  • Worship services, religious acts, including baptisms, weddings and funerals, as well as congregational events. The requirement for corona passport does not apply if the organizer ensures that there are 100 or fewer participants indoors or 1,000 or fewer participants outdoors.
  • Visitors, volunteers and other people associated with the institution, etc. on indoor and outdoor common areas on social services and nursing homes etc.
  • In addition, traders and private cultural institutions etc. may make stricter requirements for its guests and customers than what follows from the legislation. It may, for example, be a requirement that one's guests or customers must be able to present a negative test or must wear a face mask / visor. However, the requirements must be in accordance with other legislation and must e.g. not be discriminatory.

If you are state employed you must be able to present corona passport. It is also possible for private, municipal and regional employers to require their employees to present corona passport or be tested.

Corona passport can also be a requirement when you travel.

Each country has different requirements for corona passes, and it is therefore important that you familiarize yourself with the country's rules before departure.

Children under 15 years are exempt from the corona passport requirement in Denmark.

However, if you intend to take a trip abroad, it is important to check the COVID-19 rules in effect for the destinations in question, including the specific rules that apply to children. For trips abroad, parents can use the self-print solution on sundhed.dk for their children in addition to other test documentation if this is required by the country in question.

In Denmark, the following rules apply when you have a valid corona passport:

  • After vaccination: You will have a valid corona passport from 14 to 42 days after your first vaccination. In addition, you (from the age of 18) will have a valid coronapas immediately after you have been vaccinated with second dose if your vaccination course requires multiple doses. After the second dose your corona passport is valid for 5 months. If your vaccination course consists of only one dose, your corona passport will be valid after 14 days.
  • After negative test: You will also have a valid corona passport if you have had a negative test performed no more than 72 hours ago for PCR testing and no more than 48 hours ago for rapid testing (antigen testing).
  • After previous infection: If you have previously been infected with COVID-19 and have had a positive PCR test that is between 11 days and 5 months old, you will also have a valid corona passport.

If you have been vaccinated or previously infected, you have a corona passport, which you can find as an app, "Coronapas", on sundhed.dk or in the health authorities' app "MinSundhed".

Corona passport may be a requirement when travelling. The rules for a valid corona passport may vary from country to country - for example, not all countries have corona passport valid after the first vaccination. Therefore, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the rules before you travel.

NOTE: A negative self-test does not provide a valid corona passport.

You can prove that you have a valid corona passport using the corona passport app.

You will still be able to show valid corona passports from MinSundhed and sundhed.dk, as well as negative test results from private providers of rapid antigen tests.

It depends on how you show your valid corona passport.

If you use the corona passport app or the app MinSundhed, there is no requirement to present ID. This is because there are moving elements in the two apps that minimize the risk of fraud.

On the other hand, you must present ID if you use sundhed.dk, a printed corona passport, or documentation issued by private providers of rapid antigen tests (RAT). The purpose of this is to minimize the risk of passport fraud.

Documentation of vaccination against COVID-19:

  • Individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who are exempt from receiving digital post will receive documentation of their vaccination (vaccination passport) directly via ordinary mail. This applies both after the first vaccination (or only vaccination if vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and when the individual is fully vaccinated.
  • Individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can also order a printed vaccination passport from sundhed.dk by phone on (+45) 4422 7774. This is possible both after the first vaccination and when the individual is fully vaccinated.

Documentation of a COVID-19 test:

  • It is currently possible to get physical documentation of results from rapid antigen tests (RAT) carried out by private providers. These providers are required to provide physical documentation to any individuals who request it.
  • In addition, there is a proxy solution available via sundhed.dk, which enables relatives or guardians to view test results and download COVID-19 test passports and COVID-19 immunity passports.

If your corona passport documentation was not issued in Denmark, the same rules apply as if your documentation was issued in Denmark.

Your foreign corona passport can be documented both electronically and by presenting printed documentation.

Documentation of vaccination

If you were vaccinated outside Denmark, your vaccination must meet the following requirements:

  • The vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
  • You will receive a valid corona passport 14 to 42 days after the date of your first vaccination. In addition, you will receive a valid corona passport immediately after you have been fully vaccinated. If vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson you will have a valid corona passport after 14 days after your (only) vaccination.
  • Another approved vaccination process involves receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine for the first jab and an mRNA vaccine (Spikevax (from Moderna) or Comirnaty (from Pfizer/BioNTech) for the second.

If you have received an EMA-approved vaccine abroad and you have a Danish CPR number and NemID, you can register your vaccination process on sundhed.dk after which it must be certified by a doctor. Once you have done this, the vaccination information will be issued electronically and you will have a valid corona passport.

So far, the EMA has approved the following vaccines against COVID-19:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Johnson & Johnson - Janssen Pharmaceutical
  • Novavax (Nuvaxovid)

How is previous COVID-19 infection documented?

If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a PCR test, you can use this as documentation after 11 days by presenting the test result from your positive test. The documentation will be valid for 5 months.

Negative test

Both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests (RAT) can be used as evidence that you have been tested negative for COVID-19 with the PCR test within the past 72 hours or with the rapid antigen test (RAT) within 48 hours (such as upon entering Denmark). You can then take these tests on a regular basis during your stay in Denmark.

You can be tested here

Questions about the corona passport app

Updated: 16 January 2022

Please note, that these questions are relevant to Danish residents only.

There are three possible ways to get a valid corona passport in the corona passport app:

  • Negative test: Negative PCR test is valid maximum 72 hours from the time the test was performed. Negative antigen test is valid maximum 48 hours from the time the test was performed.
  • Immunity: A positive result of a PCR test lasting a minimum of 11 days and a maximum of 5 months old from the time the test was performed.
  • Completed vaccination: A vaccination course with two doses is considered complete immediately after the final dose. A vaccination course with one dose is considered for 14 days after this single dose. An initiated vaccination course also gives you a valid corona passport. A vaccination course against COVID-19 is considered to have started at least 14 days and at most 42 days after the first dose.

The corona passport of people between the age of 15 – 17 will not expire after the second dose, until they turn 18.

The corona passport app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The app can be installed on Android phones (with operating system Android 5 or higher) and iPhones (with operating system iOS 9 or higher).

You set up yourself in the app using your NemID. Next, select a 4-digit PIN, and you can choose whether or not to use your smartphone’s fingerprint or facial recognition features on future occasions when logging into your corona passport.

The corona passport app was developed and is designed specifically to show and scan corona passports, in contrast to existing solutions, such as the MinSundhed app, which serves a broader purpose and collects multiple health details.

The corona passport app collects information about vaccinations, testing status and immunity from previous infection in a single user-friendly solution, the design of which means that it basically displays a few or no personal details about the user. Additionally, the app only shows the valid corona passport, and the passport will automatically disappear if you no longer meet the requirements for a valid corona passport. There is therefore no need to show ID when presenting your corona passport in the app.

The corona passport app also includes a scanning function that can read the QR code in the corona passport which enables it to be used to verify the corona passport on other smartphones. At the same time, the new app enables quickly verifying whether a passport is valid, either by visual inspection or by scanning the passport.

It will still be possible to use other existing corona passport solutions such as the MinSundhed app and sundhed.dk to show a valid corona passport.

Two types of tests are used in the public testing system: PCR testing and rapid antigen testing (RAT). Both tests are included in the corona passport app. Results from saliva tests are also included.

You can find your nearest COVID-19-testcentre here

Tests taken at educational institutions or workplaces and reported by professional staff will also be registered and included in the corona passport.

At present, home tests taken by individuals are not included in the corona passport and will not be able to activate a valid corona passport.

Positive antibody tests are also currently unable to activate a valid corona passport.

All citizens with a NemID and an Apple or Android smartphone can use the coronapas app. Children under the age of 16 are exempt from the requirement for corona passes in Denmark.

If you are travelling, you can see your children's test results (or vaccination if they are up to 12 years old) in the European corona passport. Read more about it here (in Danish):

Coronapas på rejsen

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should not use your corona pass. You should instead let yourself be tested and go into isolation.

There are two ways to have your corona passport app checked. This will vary from one place to another.

  1. Visual inspection: You show your corona passport (which will shine green) to the passport checker.
  2. Scanned inspection: You show your corona passport (which will shine green) and the passport checker scans the QR code.

With the corona passport app, you may not use screenshots for the verification process. You must log into the app every time your corona passport needs be checked. You can unlock the app using your PIN, fingerprint or facial recognition. Your corona passport will disappear automatically when you no longer meet the criteria for a valid corona passport.

Test results are reported on an ongoing basis, and you will be able to use the corona passport app once your test result has been reported.

If you have taken a PCR test, you will usually receive your test result within 24 hours. If you have taken a rapid antigen test (RAT) you will usually receive your test result within 15-30 minutes.

If you have taken a rapid antigen test (RAT), you can use the documentation you receive from the test provider as a corona passport (such as a text message) in the meantime.

Statens Serum Instituts' website provides a list of the test providers who report test results to SSI and the corona passport app.

Go to the website of Statens Serum Instituts (Danish)

If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 in a PCR test, you can get a corona immunity passport. You will not be able to see your corona immunity passport until 11 days after the date on which your positive COVID-19 test was taken.

You will have access to your corona immunity passport if you have a positive PCR test result that is between 11 days and 5 months old.

After your first vaccination, 14 days must pass before you can use your commenced vaccination as a valid corona passport. Therefore, during these 14 days, you must continue to have a negative test result in order to obtain a valid corona passport.

Once you are fully vaccinated, your vaccination will serve as a valid corona passport immediately after you have been fully vaccinated.

If you think that your vaccination information contains errors, please contact the regional hotlines at:

  • Copenhagen Capital Region: (+45) 38 66 00 00
  • Region Zealand: (+45) 70 20 42 22
  • Region of Southern Denmark: (+45) 99 44 07 17
  • North Denmark Region: (+45) 97 64 84 63
  • Central Denmark Region: (+45) 70 23 24 15

Corona Denmark – multiple languages:

  • Arabic: +45 6026 8150
  • Bosnian: +45 6026 8151
  • English: +45 6026 8153
  • Kurmanji: +45 6026 8154
  • Polish: +45 6026 8155
  • Urdu: +45 6026 8156

If you are in a multi-dose vaccination process and you do not receive your second jab within 42 days after receiving your first, your corona passport will cease to be valid. Therefore, you must be tested to be eligible for a valid corona passport until you get your second vaccination.

If you have any questions about the use of the corona passport, you can contact the Joint Danish Authorities Corona hotline on (+45) 7020 0233.

If you experience errors or problems with the app, you can contact Sundhed.dk’s support staff by emailing [email protected] or calling (+45) 3242 0303.

You can use your corona passport app when travelling – both in the EU and outside EU, but you should be aware that each country might have different entry requirements that you are responsible for complying with. If you have more questions about using the corona passport app when travelling, read here (in Danish):

Coronapas på rejsen

The corona passport app has been developed to support travel abroad both inside and outside the EU, which is why the app will still be able to be used after the phasing out of the app for domestic use.

The information in the corona passport is stored in the corona passport app on the phone itself. Besides this, your health data will only be stored in central health registers.

Scanned results are not stored in the app nor with the passport checker who scans the app’s QR code. The checker can briefly see on his/her scanner whether your corona passport is valid (the checker can see the information for a maximum of 120 seconds). If you have chosen to display your name and date of birth (this can be switched on/off in the app), the checker will also be able to see this information on their scanner. The information is not stored on the checker’s smartphone or alternative scanning device.

The corona passport app is secure to use. The app development process has been keenly focused on security.

Among other things, a comprehensive security test of the app was conducted by an internationally recognised IT security company.

In addition, when the app development process was launched, a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) was prepared to describe the risks relating to user data and the measures applied to mitigate these risks.

Statens Serum Institut is the data controller for the app, as the agency has regulatory responsibility for the Danish Vaccination Register (DDV) and the Microbiology Database (MiBA), which supply data to the solution.

Denmark’s Health Data Agency (Sundhedsdatastyrelsen) is responsible for developing, managing and maintaining the corona passport app and is thus the data processor for the app.

Read more about the app’s personal data processing here (Danish)

The corona passport app was jointly developed by the following Danish ministries and agencies as part of Denmark’s efforts to combat COVID-19: the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Statens Serum Institut, Health Data Agency, Agency for Digitisation, Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice.

Netcompany A/S, an IT digitisation partner and service provider, developed the app on behalf of Denmark’s health authorities and the Agency for Digitisation. In addition, Trifork, an IT and business service provider, developed the web service that links the relevant databases to the app.

The scanner function in the coronapas app can work without you logging in. It can be used to read and check other corona passes by scanning the QR code. The app works on mobile phones that have a camera or a professional scanner that uses image recognition.

If you are already logged in to your app, it is currently not possible to scan other people's corona passes without being logged in, as the app does not have a log out function.

Yes. The corona passport app can be used both online and offline. You do not need an internet connection to view or scan a corona passport in the corona passport app.

No. In the corona passport app you can only see if a corona passport is valid or not. It is therefore not possible to check whether a user is exempted via the corona passport app.

Support

If you have unanswered questions about the corona passport, please contact the joint authorities' corona hotline at +45 70 20 02 33.

If residents experience errors or problems with the corona passport app, please contact support at sundhed dk. You may call +45 32 42 03 03 or e-mail: [email protected]