Danish nationals and foreigners who are resident in or have a residence permit for Denmark

Here you will find guidelines for Danish nationals and foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a valid residence permit for Denmark and the relevant documents required for entry.

Danish nationals can enter Denmark regardless of the intended purpose of their entry and without presenting a negative COVID-19 test. This applies regardless of their countries of habitual residence or the countries from which they arrive.

Foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a valid residence permit for Denmark can also enter Denmark regardless of the intended purpose of their entry and without presenting a negative COVID-19 test.

Foreigners habitually resident in red countries

Foreigners issued with a Danish residence permit but habitually resident in red countries can only enter Denmark if they have a special worthy purpose.

See the list of special worthy purposes applicable to foreigners habitually resident in red countries

Special rules apply for foreigners who are vaccinated

No fully vaccinated Danish nationals are subject to travel restrictions but can leave and enter Denmark as they want.

Foreigners who are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine, including tourists, and who can either 1) present an EU COVID-19 Vaccine Passport or 2) who are habitually resident in an EU or Schengen country or in Andorra, San Marino, Monaco or the Vatican State, an orange OECD country or a yellow third country are also exempt from travel restrictions. This means that there is no testing requirement before arrival in Denmark, nor are you required to be tested and isolate upon entry into Denmark. However, this does not apply if you are habitually resident in red countries or if you within the past 10 days before arriving in Denmark have stayed in countries or regions classified as red at the time of arrival.

You must comply with various requirements to be considered fully vaccinated. See below.

Read more about exemptions from the testing and isolation requirement upon entry into Denmark

The following requirements must be complied with if you are to be considered fully vaccinated in relation to travel restrictions: 

  • The vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
  • At least two weeks must have passed since you completed a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • No more than 12 months must have passed since you completed a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • You must either provide proof that you are a Danish national, present an EU COVID-19 Vaccine Passport or provide proof that you are habitually resident in an EU or Schengen country, Andorra, San Marino, Monaco, the Vatican State, an orange OECD country or a yellow third country.

If your first dose was the AstraZeneca vaccine and your second dose was an mRNA vaccine (Spikevax (from Moderna) or Comirnaty (from Pfizer-BioNTech)), you are considered to have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.

So far, the following COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the EMA:

  • Pfizer BioNtech (Comirnaty) (two doses required).
  • Johnson & Johnson – Janssen Pharmaceuticals (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen). (NOTE: Only one dose of the Janssen vaccine is required).
  • Spikevax (formerly Moderna /COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna) (two doses required).
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, formerly COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) (two doses required).

If you change the type of vaccination, the latest approved vaccination course is valid. The following cross-vaccinations may apply as a completed vaccination course:

  • Pfizer BioNtech/Comirnaty + Spikevax/Moderna.
  • AstraZenecca + Pfizer BioNtech/Comirnaty.
  • AztraZenecca + Spikevax/Moderna.

As regards vaccines requiring two doses, you will only be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second shot.

 

To be exempt from the travel restrictions, fully vaccinated persons who want to enter Denmark must provide documentation of a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The following information must appear from the documentation of the vaccination:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Name of vaccine
  • Date of vaccination – dates of first and second doses (if a second dose is required).

 

Children and young people under the age of 18 who enter Denmark together with a parent habitually resident in an orange OECD-country who is fully vaccinated are exempt from the requirement to have a worthy purpose. This does not apply to orange countries that are not OECD-countries or red countries.

Children and young people under the age of 18 who enter Denmark together with a parent who is fully vaccinated are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate upon entry if the parent is exempt.

However, children and young people aged 16 or more are still required to present a negative COVID-19 test before entry, irrespective of whether they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or not.

Read more about the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival below.

Read more about the requirements to take a test and to isolate upon entry into Denmark

Read more about the requirement to take a test before boarding a plane

Danish nationals, including Danish expats, who can prove that they have had a full course of an EMA approved COVID-19 vaccine in Denmark or abroad are not subject to the Danish travel restrictions. This means that they are exempt from the testing and self-isolation requirements when travelling to Denmark unless they enter Denmark from red countries or regions. 

A foreigner who is habitually resident in a green or yellow EU or Schengen country and who arrive in Denmark from a red country is required to be tested before boarding a flight to Denmark and is required to be tested and isolate themselves upon entry into Denmark because he or she arrives from a red country. However, since such person is permanently resident in a green or yellow EU or Schengen country, he or she is exempt from the requirement to present a test taken before the time of entry.

 A foreigner who is fully vaccinated and is habitually resident in a green or yellow EU or Schengen country and who enters Denmark from a green or yellow EU or Schengen country, but has stayed in a red country or region four days prior to entry. The relevant foreigner is required to take a test and to self-isolate upon entry into Denmark because he or she has stayed in a red country within the past 10 days before entry. However, since that person is habitually resident in a green or yellow EU or Schengen country, he or she is exempt from the requirement to take a test before entry and from the requirement to have a worthy purpose.

Other rules to be observed

Test and isolation upon/after entry

You may be required to take a test upon or after entry and subsequently isolate for ten days. 

Read more about the testing requirement and 10-day isolation requirement for entering Denmark

Requirement on test when travelling by air to Denmark

As a general rule, everyone who wants to enter into Denmark by plane from red countries or regions, that is, also Danish nationals and foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a valid residence permit for Denmark, must present a negative PCR test taken before boarding the plane. 

Read more about the requirement to take a COVID-19 test before boarding a plane to Denmark

Relevant documents for

As a Danish national you can always enter Denmark regardless of your habitual residence and the purpose of your entry.

Relevant documents

Danish passport as proof of nationality.

If you are a foreigner who is habitually resident (basically have a registered address) in and hold a valid residence permit for Denmark, you can always enter Denmark regardless of the purpose of your entry.

Relevant documents

Valid passport, health insurance card, residence permit, residence card, EU registration certificate or personal identification document with proof of address.

You can enter Denmark if you have a valid residence permit for Denmark.

Foreigners issued with a Danish residence permit but habitually resident in red countries can only enter Denmark if they have a special worthy purpose.

See the list of special worthy purposes applicable to foreigners habitually resident in red countries

Relevant documents

Valid residence permit, residence card or EU registration certificate.

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Hotlines to the authorities

The Joint Danish Authorities hotline answers questions regarding coronavirus and restrictions in general caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, including COVID-19 related restrictions which apply after your entry into Denmark - for example requirements for testing and isolation after entry.

However, please call the Arrivals' hotline if you have questions regarding the applicable COVID-19 entry restrictions for entry into Denmark. 

Telephone: (+45) 7020 0233

Hotline opening hours

Every day from 06.00 (6 am) to 24.00 (midnight)

Foreigners arriving to Denmark will be refused entry into Denmark at all internal and external borders unless they comply with the requirements for entry.

If you cannot find an answer to your question on the website, you can call the arrivals hotline regarding questions on entry into and transit through Denmark.

The arrivals hotline can answer questions regarding the COVID-19 restrictions that apply to entry into Denmark - requirements on test prior to entry as well as requirements on having a worthy purpose. The hotline cannot answer questions regarding restrictions that apply after your entry into Denmark - for example requirements on testing and isolation upon or after entry. 

Telephone: +45 7020 6044

Hotline opening hours

Monday-Wednesday 08.00-16.00 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Thursday 08.00-15.00 (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Friday 08.00-14.00 (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

NB! The hotline currently receives many calls concerning the tracking and tracing of close contacts. To avoid wait time, we recommend that you call later.
 
If you are infected with COVID-19 or if you are a close contact

Call +45 3232 0511
Opening hours: All days 08.00 am to 10.00 pm.

If you see that we have called or if you have received a message from us, please return our call.

The Citizens Service Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only answers questions in relation to travelling out of Denmark and the ministry's travel advice.

Telephone: +45 3392 1112 
Email: [email protected]

Hotline opening hours

The line is always open.

Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot answer any questions related to entering or transiting through Denmark, nor about worthy purposes. Such questions can be addressed on the arrivals hotline of the Danish police.