Test for covid-19

Read more about the current testing recommendations for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated citizens

Updated: 7 September 2022

If you develop symptoms of covid-19 and feel ill, The Danish Health Authority only recommends testing if you are 65 year of age or older or for other reasons are at increased risk of experiencing a severe course of covid-19. This also applies if you are pregnant. If you are at increased risk and test positive, you may be targeted for early treatment of covid-19.

It is no longer the recommendation that you get tested if you live with an infected person or if you have had other contact with an infected person.

In addition, specific testing recommendations apply in elderly care, in social services with vulnerable people and in the healthcare system.

There is still nationwide access to PCR testing.

Current test recommendations

In case of significant symptoms of covid-19

The National Board of Health recommends that you should be tested in situations where a test result may be important for the treatment of covid-19.

  • You have symptoms of covid-19 and you feel sick – this applies if you are 65 years or older or if you, for other reasons, are at increased risk of a serious illness with covid-19. This also applies if you are pregnant.
  • You have contacted a doctor due to illness and the doctor assesses that there is need to know what is causing the symptoms.
  • There is a health professional recommendation to test patients over the age of 18 who are acutely admitted to the hospital within certain specialties.
  • You are released from hospital to an institution, for example a nursing home or housing facility.

Contact your own doctor if you are at increased risk, as it is your doctor who will assess whether you can receive early treatment for covid-19. Read more about early treatment here (sst.dk).

Follow the National Board of Health's recommendations for self-isolation. Read more here:

Infected with coronavirus

In nursing homes and when taking care of the elderly

A number of test recommendations still apply for employees and visitors to nursing homes, home care and social services with vulnerable people who are at particular risk of a serious illness in the event of infection with covid-19.

Permanent staff working in nursing homes and in home care are encouraged to be PCR-tested for covid-19 once every 14th day.

Permanent staff working in nursing homes and in home care are further encouraged to take 2 weekly antigen self-tests for covid-19. Since false positive tests can occur the employee is encouraged to take another antigen self-test if the test results are positive. If a second antigen self-test is negative the employee is encouraged to take a 3rd antigen self-test.

Loosely employed staff working in nursing homes and in home care have the opportunity to be PCR tested once every 14th day and to take an antigen self-tests for covid-19 at the beginning of each work shift. Since false positive antigen self-tests can occur the employee is encouraged to take another antigen self-test if the test results are positive. If a second antigen self-test is negative the employee is encouraged to take a 3rd antigen self-test.

Staff working in social care institutions with vulnerable people are encouraged to take two weekly antigen self-tests for covid-19. Since false positive tests can occur the employee is encouraged to take another antigen self-test if the test results are positive. If a second antigen self-test is negative the employee is encouraged to take a 3rd antigen self-test.

It is encouraged that relatives of the elderly +85 years at nursing homes and of the elderly +85 years who receive home care are tested before a visit. If the relatives haven’t been tested before a visit they can get a free antigen self-test at the municipality.

Read more here about tests in geriatric care and on social services with vulnerable people

Symptoms of covid-19

The Danish Health Authority does not recommend that you get tested unless there is a health-related reason to do so. It is recommended that you get tested if you are ill with significant symptoms of covid-19, such as fever, persistent cough, difficulty of breathing, etc., and you are at increased risk of a severe course of covid-19.

If you develop symptoms of covid-19 and feel ill, the recommendation is to stay at home until you are well again. If you have mild symptoms, such as a running nose, a tickle in the throat, a few coughs, etc., but otherwise do not feel sick, you do not need to stay home or get tested.

If you feel so ill that you need to talk to a doctor, or your symptoms worry you, you can call your own doctor or the on-call doctor/1813.

If you're worried about whether you have covid-19 or would like to know for some other reason, for example if you live with someone who is at increased risk, you might consider taking a self-test.

It is also still possible to book an appointment for a PCR test in the public testing system.

Covid-19 test strategy

The starting point for the Danish testing strategy is to be prepared for different possible developments of the disease. The strategy therefore allows testing efforts to be escalated quickly if necessary.

is to ensure a testing capability that is sufficiently robust and cost-effective, and that will be able to adapt to different scenarios with the necessary speed in the light of epidemiological developments.

  • identify covid-19 infection in persons where it has specific health relevance.
  • monitor signals that the epidemic is changing, including increased infection rate and burden on the health care system due to decreasing efficacy of vaccines and - in situations where sufficient testing can be done - detect and follow new virus variants, etc.
  • reduce infection by identifying infection chains and then support outbreak management and a possible need for infection tracing

You can download the full testing strategy here:

Covid-19 testing strategy 2022 and 1st quarter of 2023 (pdf)

Which test should you use?

There are different types of tests. If you have significant symptoms of covid-19 and feel sick and are at increased risk of a serious illness, it is recommended that you take either a PCR test or a self-test.

A positive antigen test or self-test does not need to be followed up by a PCR test.

Infected with coronavirus

If you have significant symptoms of covid-19 and feel sick and you are at increased risk of a serious illness with covid-19, it is recommended that you take either a PCR test or a self-test.

If you have tested positive for covid-19, you should go into self-isolation as soon as possible.

Read here what is recommended if you test positive

Rapid antigen-tests are no longer available in the national test setup. There may still be the option of quick tests with private providers for a fee.

A rapid antigen-test can be performed in three different ways:

  • Assisted (included in coronapas)
  • Under supervision (included in coronapas)
  • As a self-test (not included in coronapas)

In addition to PCR tests and rapid antigen tests, there are also several types of CE-marked self-tests. A self-test is recommended, just like a PCR test, if you have significant symptoms of covid-19 and feel ill and you are at increased risk of a serious course of covid-19.

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

Self-tests can i.a. purchased at the pharmacy.

A positive self-test no longer needs to be followed up by a PCR test to confirm the result. Instead, it is recommended to follow the recommendations for infection:

Infected with coronavirus

TEST FOR COVID-19

Find a test centre near you

The map shows all PCR test sites in Denmark.

Remember that you must book an appointment for a PCR test via coronaprover.dk. It is not possible to get a quick test at the PCR test sites. Non-residents in Denmark need to register at covidresults.dk to get a PCR test and to see your test result. 

Please note that the rapid test sites are closed. There may be a possibility for rapid tests with private providers for a fee.

Close contact

Contact with an infected person

As a close or other contact to an infected person with covid-19, testing is no longer recommended.

positive covid-19 test

What you should do if you are infected

If you have tested positive for covid-19, you must self-isolate as soon as possible.

Negative test as corona passport

If you have not been vaccinated or infected with corona within the last 5 months, you can get a valid corona passport/covid certificate with a negative test result (but not with self-test).

Corona passport is valid with a negative result of a PCR-test or rapid antigen test.

Read more about corona passport

FAQs

Questions and answers about testing

Updated: 6 May 2022

There are several types of tests. It is important to notice, that the tests’ results only provide a snapshot, so it is important that you continue to comply with the infection prevention measures, even if you receive a negative test result.

The PCR test is the most sensitive test, with a 90-95% confidence interval in detecting whether a person is infected with covid-19.

A PCR test usually produces a result the following day. The test result only provides a snapshot.

Rapid antigen tests are not quite as sensitive as the PCR test, but provide a test result within 15-30 minutes.

If you test positive with a rapid test, it is no longer recommended that you follow up with a PCR test. You are no longer recommended to contact your close or other contacts. You are still recommended to follow the Danish Health and Medicines Authority's recommendations for self-isolation.

As with the PCR test, rapid antigen tests only provide a snapshot. It is therefore important that you continue to comply with the infection protection recommendations, even if you receive a negative test result.

Please note that public rapid antigen test centres are closed. However, it is possible to pay a private test provider.

There are several types of CE-marked self-tests, which are available at various places such as pharmacies and supermarkets. Self-tests for covid-19 give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms.

A negative self-test does not give a valid corona passport/covid certificate.

If you test positive for a self-test, you are no longer recommended to follow up with a PCR test, unless you have symptoms of covid-19 and are at increased risk of a serious course of covid-19.

You are recommended to get tested if:

  • You have symptoms of covid-19 and you feel sick, and you are at the same time 65 years or older, or for other reasons you are at increased risk of a serious course with covid-19 - this also applies if you are pregnant. You can book an appointment for a PCR test in a public test center at coronaprover.dk or choose to take an antigen self-test. If you are at increased risk and your test is positive, you should contact your own doctor as soon as possible, as it is your doctor who will assess whether you can receive early treatment for covid-19. 
  • You have contacted a doctor due to illness and the doctor assesses the need to know the cause of the symptoms.

To get a PCR-test you need to book an appointment at coronaprover.dk.

If you do not have a Danish social security number, you need to register at covidresults.dk to get a PCR test and see your test result.

You can read more about booking requirements by clicking on a specific test centre on the map of Denmark.

Map of covid-19 test centres

The Danish Health Authority recommends, that you immediately self-isolate to avoid infecting others.

If you have tested positive with self- or rapid test, it is no longer recommended to follow up with a PCR test.

It depends on the severity of your symptoms. Unfold the section that best represent your situation:

If you do not have any symptoms, you can stop self-isolating 4 days after taking a PCR test.

Mild symptoms of covid-19 include such transient symptoms as a runny nose, ‘tickle’ in your throat, a few coughs, etc. You will not be feeling very ill.

If you only have mild symptoms of covid-19, you can stop self-isolating 4 days after you took a PCR test. If your symptoms become more severe, you must continue self-isolating until you no longer have any symptoms.

Severe symptoms leave you feeling quite ill and include fever, persistent coughing, sneezing or difficulty breathing.

If you have had severe symptoms of covid-19, you can stop self-isolating once you no longer have any symptoms – but no sooner than 4 days after you took a PCR test.

Still looking for answers?

You can find out more information in our FAQ section or by contacting one of the authorities' covid-19 hotlines.