The Ministry of Justice

Agreement on normalisation and simplification of COVID-19 travel rules

Published 15-10-2021

A broad majority in the Danish Parliament has agreed on a significant easing and simplification of travel restrictions. At the same time, the parties agree that there is still a need for a contingency plan that can be implemented quickly and effectively if new virus variants develop abroad that could pose a risk in Denmark.

Please note: This is a translation of a press release from The Ministry of Justice, 12 October 2021. To read the full press release in Danish, follow the link at the bottom.

Most of the Danish population is now fully vaccinated, which means COVID-19 poses a minor threat to Danish society. The vaccine rollout in the rest of Europe is also advanced. The governing Social Democratic party, together with the Liberal Party, the Danish People’s Party, the Social Liberal Party, the Socialist People’s Party, the Red-Green Alliance, the Conservative People’s Party, the Liberal Alliance and the Alternative, have agreed that the COVID-19 travel restrictions should reflect these developments.

As a result of the agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel guidelines will be normalised and will no longer reflect the corona situation abroad. It is a logical step towards normalisation, and means that the travel guidelines will only reflect the security situations in other countries, not the coronavirus situation.

Also, there will be fewer restrictions for travellers arriving in Denmark. The remaining entry restrictions focus on travellers who are not vaccinated and have not previously been infected. However, a contingency plan will remain in place, so that the previous restrictions can quickly be reintroduced if serious new virus variants arise abroad.

The travel guidelines will be normalised on Friday 15 October 2021, before the Danish autumn holidays. The new entry rules will take effect from Monday 25 October 2021.

The parties have agreed on the following:

Travel out of Denmark (applies from Friday 15 October 2021)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel guidelines will be normalised so that they no longer reflect the COVID-19 infection rates in other countries, but only security issues for travellers, such as terrorism, war, unrest, etc.

In many countries, COVID-19 restrictions still apply. Therefore, Danes who travel abroad must still familiarise themselves with the threat level in the travel guidelines and the destination country’s rules of entry on the embassies’ COVID-19 websites.

Non-vaccinated travellers can find information about the restrictions that apply after returning to Denmark in relation to testing and isolation requirements on coronasmitte.dk. In addition, non-vaccinated travellers should be particularly aware that several countries still do not allow entry without proof of vaccination.

Travel into Denmark (applies from Monday 25 October 2021)

In the EU and Schengen area, people who have been fully vaccinated, people who have previously been infected and people with a negative test will be able to travel into Denmark without restrictions. Travellers who do not fall into these categories will be required to take a test no later than 24 hours after their entry into Denmark. This requirement will also apply to persons with Danish citizenship or with permanent residence in Denmark when they enter Denmark.

The requirements for a legitimate purpose of travel and testing prior to entry will be lifted for travel to Denmark from all countries in the world.

The police’s COVID-19-related border control will also be discontinued.

Fully vaccinated people from OECD countries, countries on the EU’s positive list that Denmark has opened for, and countries that are part of the EU COVID Certificate scheme, may enter Denmark without being required to take a test and self-isolate.

Non-vaccinated people entering Denmark from countries on the EU’s positive list that Denmark has opened for must be tested after they enter Denmark.

Travellers from other countries will be required to take a test and self-isolate after entry.

As regards cruise tourism, travellers will be required to show corona passes before boarding and to be tested before disembarking in Denmark in the event that infection breaks out on the ship.

Epidemic control

The inter-ministerial task force for COVID-19 travel restrictions will continue to maintain a contingency plan and will activate emergency measures and introduce strict restrictions if serious new virus variants arise and pose a threat to Denmark. If this happens, all travel will be discouraged in the travel guidelines (red colour) and requirements for pre-entry testing, proof of legitimate purpose of entry, pre-boarding tests and post-entry testing and self-isolation will be reintroduced.

Press release

The travel advices from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will normalize from Friday October 15, before autumn break. In addition, new entry rules will enter into force Monday October 25.