Travelling to Denmark as a tourist

Are you planning a trip to Denmark? Or did you just arrive? Read about the current travel restrictions and what to expect during your stay.

Updated 3 August 2021.

In Denmark, we use a corona passport to prove our COVID-19 status on vaccination, recent negative test and recovery from previous infection. Please keep in mind that you may need to get tested regularly during your stay in Denmark, if you are not vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19.

The Danish travel restrictions may change before you arrive or during your stay. Please make sure to keep yourself updated on this page.

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Rules for travelling to Denmark

This guide is indicative and provides a general overview over the current rules when traveling to Denmark.

The travel rules may change before and during your travel. Therefore, please keep yourself regularly updated. 

Entry

General travel rules

The Danish travel restrictions classify all countries and regions into four colour categories: green, yellow, orange and red. These categories determine which rules apply to you.

Read more about colour categories

Requirements also depend on whether you are travelling with a negative test, have been vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19, your country of residence, and where you are travelling from.

Who should self-isolate and be tested after entering Denmark?

Some travellers will need to document a negative test before boarding and upon arrival. Travellers from most countries outside EU/Schengen will need to isolate for up to 10 days. Your isolation can end after a negative PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

COVID-19 TEST

Where to get tested

Test upon arrival in Denmark

PCR and rapid antigen tests are free of charge in Denmark. You do not need to make an appointment to get a rapid antigen test. Typically, rapid antigen test results are ready within 15-30 minutes.

You need to register at covidresults.dk to get a PCR test and see your test result. Typically, PCR test results are ready after 24 hours.

Test to access restaurants and more

In Denmark, persons who cannot document vaccination or previous infection are required to present a negative test to access restaurants, cafés, cultural activities and attractions.

Find COVID-19 test centre

COVID-19 tests in Denmark are free of charge.

Please use a PCR test if you experience any COVID-related symptoms or have been in close contact with an infected person. Register at covidresults.dk to get a PCR test and see your test result.

During your stay

How to use a corona passport in Denmark

In Denmark, you need to present a corona passport to visit restaurants and most cultural attractions. EU Digital COVID Certificates and other relevant documentation can be used as corona passports in Denmark.

A valid corona passport comes in one of three following forms:

You can use vaccination as documentation after your first vaccine dose. The first dose can be used as valid documentation from 14 days after the vaccination. No more than 42 days must pass before the second dose. When fully vaccinated, your vaccination is valid for 12 months. The vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

You can use a negative test as documentation. Your negative test must be performed within the last 72 hours (rapid antigen test) or 96 hours (PCR test).

You can use a positive PCR test result proving recovery from previous infection as documentation. 14 days must have passed since your positive PCR test. It must be no older than 12 months.

We recommend that you provide the documentation in English or Danish. Your corona passport may be digital or a paper copy. Selected groups are exempted - e.g. children under the age of 16 or people exempted for medical reasons. Documents proving exemption can be obtained at municipality services.

Please note that the rules described in this section are only valid in Denmark.

How to use the EU Digital COVID Certificate

You can use the EU Digital COVID Certificate in Denmark to prove your COVID-19 vaccination, negative test or recovery from previous infection.

You can use the EU Digital COVID Certificate as your corona passport to visit most restaurants and most cultural attractions. The certificate can be on your phone or printed out.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a common European solution to facilitate safe and free movement in the EU and Schengen. The certificate is subject to European data protection, so your personal health information will be safe.

Privacy policy for people travelling with corona passport

General rules in Denmark

In Denmark, a face mask or shield is required at the airport and while standing up when using public transportation. You are advised to wear a face mask or shield at test centres or when you visit the hospital.

However, some groups are exempt from the required use of face mask or shield. These include, for instance, children up to the age of 12, people with a decreased level of consciousness, or people with physical or mental impairments that make it impossible for them to remove the face mask or shield themselves.

Face masks may be removed if the wearer experience a severe discomfort, such as difficulty breathing.

A face mask or shield is required while standing up when using public transportation in Denmark. You do not need to wear a face mask or shield while being seated.

You need to book a seat if you travel by intercity trains across regions. Seat tickets are free of charge and can be booked at train stations or online.

Restaurants, cafés and bars are open. You must present a corona passport when served inside restaurants, cafés and bars.

It is not necessary to present a valid corona passport when served outdoors. Please note that restaurants, cafés and bars close no later than 02:00.

All stores and shopping centres are open. Please keep a safe distance when shopping.

If you are going for a massage, getting a haircut, a tattoo etc., you must present a valid corona passport.

Museums, amusement parks, theatres, cinemas, concert venues, zoos, stadiums and other sports venues are open with infection prevention measures.

You must present a valid corona passport to enter indoor theatres, concert venues and cinemas with more than 500 seated spectators.

You must present a valid corona passport to enter outdoor events, such as concerts or football matches, with more than 2.000 seated spectators.

You must also present a valid corona passport to enter water parks and play centres.

Corona passports are required in gyms for people over the age of 15.

All discos and nightclubs are closed.

No more than 500 people can gather at the same public location.

Exceptions apply to bigger conferences, cultural events and sports events etc.

Fines are imposed for violating certain restrictions.

Find more information

These are only some of the most important rules and regulations. You can find more information at en.coronasmitte.dk

If you do not find an answer to your question here, please call the Joint Danish Authorities Hotline at +45 7020 0233