Travelling to Denmark as a tourist

Updated 14 June 2021, 15:58

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.

In Denmark, regular testing is key, and we use a corona passport to document our status on vaccine, previous infection or recent test. Please keep in mind that you need to document your status and 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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General travel rules

If you are planning a trip to Denmark, please familiarise yourself with the following travel restrictions.

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

Read more about colour categories

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

Requirements regarding test and isolation when entering Denmark

Most travellers will need to document a negative test before boarding and upon arrival. Some travellers will also 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

If you are required to get a test no later than 24 hours after your time of entry into Denmark, you are advised to get a rapid antigen test.

You do not need to make an appointment to get a rapid test, but bring a valid ID. Typically, test results are ready within 15-30 minutes.

If you are required to isolate, your isolation can end after a negative PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

PCR and rapid antigen tests are free of charge in Denmark.

Test to access museums, restaurants and more

In Denmark, persons who cannot document vaccination or previous infection are required to present a negative test to access most services such as restaurants, cafés and 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, museums and more. Some exceptions apply.

To obtain a valid corona passport, you can document your status in one of the following three forms:

You can use a negative test as documentation if the test has been performed within the last 72 hours. It must be either a PCR-test or a rapid antigen test. Getting a rapid test for this purpose is advised.

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 and until 42 days after the vaccination. Once you have completed your full vaccination course, you can immediately after the vaccination use it as valid documentation.

Read more about how vaccination is defined

Your positive PCR test must have been completed within the last 14 days – 8 months to be valid as documentation.

If your documentation for a corona passport is from abroad, you are in principle able to use the documentation in Denmark provided that it meets the rules for obtaining a Danish corona passport. We recommend that you provide the documentation in English or Danish, which most inspectors will understand. Your foreign corona passport can be documented both electronically and through physical documents.

Read more about the corona passport

A valid corona passport has to be presented to get access to cultural facilities, sports facilities, restaurants, cafés and bars among other places. Some exceptions apply - for instance to children under 15 years or for people who either should not have a COVID-19 test for medical reasons or who cannot take a COVID-19 test as a result of a physical or mental disability.

General rules in Denmark

In Denmark, a face mask or shield is required at the airport and while standing up when using public transportation.

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 difficulty breathing, 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, choking sensations etc.

A face mask or shield is required while standing up when using public transportation in Denmark. You will need to book a seat, if you travel by train (except for S-trains and the metro). Seat tickets can be booked free of charge and can be booked at train stations or online. You do not need to wear a face mask or shield while being seated.

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 midnight.

All stores and shopping centres are open and are required to implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 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, venues, zoos, stadiums and other sports venues are open with infection prevention measures.

You must present a valid corona passport to enter.

Participating in indoor sports activities requires a valid corona passport.

Children under the age of 18 are not required to present a corona passport when participating in sports activities and leisure activities.

All discos and nightclubs are closed.

No more than 100 people can gather at indoor events and activities simultaneously at the same location. It is therefore not allowed to host and attend indoor events, activities etc. with more than 100 people gathered. Some exceptions apply to bigger conferences, cultural 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