Foreigners who want to transit through Denmark

Different rules apply to transit through Denmark depending on whether you are habitually resident in a country classified as green, yellow, orange or red.

EU and Schengen countries are classified into the categories green, yellow and red. Countries out side the EU and Schengen area are classified into the categories yellow, orange and red. 

See the list of countries categories here

Special rules apply for foreigners habitually resident in a border regions

Read more about the rules applying to foreigners habitually resident in a border region here

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

Applicable entry restrictions when transiting through Denmark

Foreigners in transit who are habitually resident in green and yellow countries

 
 

Foreigners habitually resident in green and yellow countries can transit through Denmark regardless of the intended purpose, but they must present a negative COVID-19 test. A PCR test can be taken no more than 72 hours before the time of entry and an antigen test can be taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry.

Foreigners who are habitually resident in border regions and want to transit through Denmark must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry. 

Read more about the testing requirement and exemptions below.

Foreigners in transit who are habitually resident in orange countries

 

Foreigners habitually resident in orange countries can transit through Denmark if they are going on holiday outside Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, if they have a worthy purpose outside Denmark or if they travel through Denmark as part of their homebound journey. See below. This applies regardless of the means of transport used to enter and leave Denmark. The requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test also applies to foreigners travelling through Denmark. A PCR test can be taken no more than 72 hours before the time of entry and an antigen test can be taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry. 

Read more about the test requirement and exemptions below. 

Transit and relevant documentation

Foreigners habitually resident in orange countries outside the EU and Schengen area (third countries) can travel through Denmark for the purpose of going on holiday outside Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, but the transit should be made without undue delay. This also applies to holidays in private homes or privately let summerhouses.

Relevant documents

Proof of your holiday stay in the country of your destination, such as the booking confirmation for a summerhouse or a hotel. 

If you are staying in a private home, you must present confirmation that you have borrowed the home or an agreement for private accommodation. The documents must contain information about the location of the home and contact details for the person(s) entering Denmark and the person(s) letting or lending the home.

You must also present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.
 
 For example, if you were PCR-tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received proof of the negative test result and have entered Denmark by Friday at 4.00 pm. After Friday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

For example, if you were antigen-tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received proof of the negative test result and have entered Denmark by Thursday at 4.00 pm. After Thursday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

If you are habitually resident in an orange country outside the EU and Schengen area (a third country), you can travel through Denmark if you have a worthy purpose outside Denmark. The transit must be made without undue delay in Denmark.

Relevant documents

See the worthy purposes and relevant documentation of worthy purposes

You must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.
 
For example, if you were PCR-tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received proof of the negative test result and have entered Denmark by Friday at 4.00 pm. After Friday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

For example, if you were antigen-tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received proof of the negative test result and have entered Denmark by Thursday at 4.00 pm. After Thursday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

You can travel through Denmark as a natural part of your homebound journey. This applies both if you travel to your country of residence and if you travel to your country of origin. The transit must be made without undue delay in Denmark.

Relevant documents

A document providing proof of your country of residence or origin, such as a document showing your registered address and/or a passport.

You must also present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.
 
 For example, if you were PCR-tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received proof of the negative test result and have entered Denmark by Friday at 4.00 pm. After Friday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

For example, if you were antigen-tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received proof of the negative test result and have entered Denmark by Thursday at 4.00 pm. After Thursday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

Foreigners habitually resident in red countries

 

Foreigners habitually resident in red countries cannot transit through Denmark unless they are to pursue a special worthy purpose. If you have a special worthy purpose, you must also present proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the time of entry.

Foreigners who are habitually resident in red countries can only be in transit if they are in possession of a residence permit for a Schengen country and travel trough Denmark in transit to get to the Schengen country that has issued their residence permit.

Read more about the stricter rules on entry applicable to foreigners habitually resident in red countries

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Denmark

If you want to transit through Denmark, you must present a negative COVID-19 test taken before you enter into Denmark, regardless of whether you are habitually resident in a green, yellow, orange or red country.

Special rules apply to foreigners who are habitually resident in border regions regarding the conditions applicable to the time of test. 

The police will check the EU Digital COVID Certificate or test certificate of the person who wants to enter Denmark at the border.

The COVID-19 test certificate (other proof of COVID-19 test than the EU Digital COVID Certificate) must meet a number of conditions to be accepted for entry into Denmark. Read more below.

The police only accept test certificates (other proof of COVID-19 test than the EU Digital COVID Certificate) in the Scandinavian languages, German, English, French, Spanish or Italian.

A COVID-19 test certificate can be:

  • a certificate issued by a health services provider.
  • a certificate filled in and signed by a healthcare professional.
  • a certificate filled in and signed by a person who has been trained, appointed and authorised to supervise swabbing and the processing of swabs in connection with supervised COVID-19 antigen testing within fields like the educational sector in Denmark.

A COVID-19 test certificate filled in by the person tested or a close relative is not valid. Therefore, home test kits available in supermarkets and other shops will not be recognised as valid proof of a negative or positive COVID-19 test.

The name of the person tested, the time of the test and the name of the issuer of the certificate must appear clearly from the certificate.

The test must not be inconclusive (inconclusive means that the test did not provide a clear result or that the analysis was void).

The police will refuse entry to foreigners habitually resident abroad if there is any doubt about the validity of the test certificate.

You are free to use the certificate form below, which meets the above requirements.

Self-declaration form for use in case of a negative COVID-19 test

For negative test certificates 

At this point, no specific type of negative COVID-19 test is required. The test must show whether a person is infected with the novel coronavirus. This means that both PCR tests and antigen tests are accepted in connection with entry into Denmark, whereas antibody tests do not meet the requirement. Supervised self-tests, including those used for children, pupils and students, also meet the requirement. By contrast, home tests kits available in supermarkets and taken by the individual him or herself do not meet the requirements. 

However, please note that there is a difference in the requirements applicable for the time of test depending on the type of test. See more below. 

For positive test certificates

Only positive PCR tests can be used as documentation that you have previously been infected with COVID-19. The test must have been performed at least 2 weeks and at most 12 months before the time of entry.

Foreigners who are habitually resident abroad and want to transit through Denmark must present proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the time of entry or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry. 

 For example, if you were PCR-tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received proof of the negative test result and have entered Denmark by Friday at 4.00 pm. After Friday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

For example, if you were antigen-tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received proof of the negative test result and have entered Denmark by Thursday at 4.00 pm. After Thursday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

Foreigners who are habitually resident in border regions and want to transit through Denmark must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry. 

For example, if you are a foreigner habitually resident in a border region and were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate and have entered Denmark by Friday at 4.00 pm. After Friday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

The following groups of persons are not required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test:

  • Children up to and including the age of 15. 
  • Foreigners who enter in connection with the transportation of freight.
  • Foreigners who enter Denmark as air crew members (whether on or off duty) after having performed their job or having undertaken such function abroad and are in transit.
  • Foreigners who are crew members on trains, buses, ships, taxis or any other commercial passenger transportation vehicle operating under permission of the Danish Taxi Act (taxiloven) and are in transit.
  • Foreigners who enter Denmark in emergency vehicles on duty.*
  • Foreigners who can present a positive PCR test taken at least two weeks but no more than 12 months before the time of entry as such persons are no longer assumed to be contagious. The reason for such positive test result is deemed to be inactive viral RNA fragments. A positive COVID-19 test certificate must meet the same conditions as a negative COVID-19 test certificate. Read more above. 
  • Foreigners in transit, who do not enter Denmark, for example if they are in airport transit and do not leave the transit area. However, they basically still have to comply with the requirement to present a negative PCR-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding a flight to Denmark if they travel from red countries or regions. 
  • Foreigners who are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine and who can either 1) present an EU COVID-19 Vaccine Passport to substantiate that they have been fully vaccinated or 2) are habitually resident in an EU or Schengen country or in Andorra, San Marino, Monaco or the Vatican State, an OECD country or a yellow third country. You must comply with various requirements to be considered fully vaccinated. For more information, see the top of the page.
  • Foreigners resident in the border regions (Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and in the provinces of Blekinge, Scania, Halland and West Gothia in Sweden), who arrive at a Danish airport in order to transit via Denmark to a final destination in the border region without undue delay. 

*Please note that foreigners who enter Denmark in 'retired' emergency vehicles used for graduation truck rides, vintage car rides, hobby purposes etc. are not exempt from the testing requirement. 

 

The following groups of persons are not required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test:

  • Children up to and including the age of 15. 
  • Foreigners who enter in connection with the transportation of freight.
  • Foreigners who can present a positive PCR test taken at least two weeks but no more than 12 months before the time of entry as such persons are no longer assumed to be contagious. The reason for such positive test result is deemed to be inactive viral RNA fragments. A positive COVID-19 test certificate must meet the same conditions as a negative COVID-19 test certificate. Read more above. 

Please note that persons arriving in Denmark by plane from red countries or regions, including Danish nationals and foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a residence permit for Denmark, must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the plane for Denmark.

Read more about the rules applying to persons who arrive in Denmark by plane

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. 

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

Entry into Denmark in general

Valid travel documents

Read about valid travel documents that must be presented at the border upon arrival in Denmark:

Read about travel documents on the website www.politi.dk

Other relevant documents

A relevant official document stating your address, including country and region, if relevant, and a passport or another valid photo ID.

Foreigners with clear symptoms, such as fever and a dry cough, cannot enter Denmark.

You cannot obtain an advance approval of entry into Denmark. The Danish National Police have published a document with more information on this issue, which may be helpful when boarding a flight. Please note that this is no guarantee that you will be allowed to board your flight. 

Airline companies operating routes to or from Denmark (PDF)

A special permission is required from the Patient Safety Authority (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed) for the disembarkation of passengers and crew members on board cruise ships and other passenger ships which have room for more than 100 passengers and which do not operate a regular service with regular arrivals and departures to/from Danish ports, see Executive Order No. 1385 of 24 June 2021 Prohibiting the Disembarkation from Cruise Ships etc. in Order to Control COVID-19.

However, passengers on cruise ships are allowed to disembark if all passengers aged 16 or more are fully vaccinated in an EU, Schengen, OECD country or ‘yellow’ third country with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Fully vaccinated passengers who are allowed to disembark cruise ships are exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test taken before entry.

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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.