Foreigners habitually resident abroad

Here you will find information about the documents required as proof of a negative COVID-19 test as well as the worthy purposes recognised to enter Denmark if you are habitually resident abroad, are not a Danish national or do not hold a valid residence permit for Denmark.

Different rules apply to entry into Denmark depending on whether your country of habitual residence is on the list of yellow, orange or red countries. When entering Denmark you must be able to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test. However, there are a number of exceptions to this requirement. See below.

See the list of countries here

Special rules apply for foreigners habitually resident in a border region

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

Special rules apply for foreigners who are vaccinated

Fully vaccinated foreigners who are habitually resident in a yellow or orange EU or Schengen country, in Andorra, San Marino, Monaco or the Vatican City, a yellow or orange OECD country or a yellow third country are exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry into Denmark and the requirement to have a worthy purpose. They are also exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a plane and the requirement to take a test and to isolate themselves upon entry into Denmark, unless they arrive from a red country.

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 to be considered fully vaccinated: 

  • The vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
  • At least two weeks but no more than eight months must have passed since you have taken the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If your first dose was the AstraZeneca vaccine and your second dose was an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech), you are considered to have taken the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • You must be habitually resident in a yellow or orange EU and Schengen country, in Andorra, San Marino, Monaco or the Vatican CIty, a yellow or orange OECD country or a yellow third country and have taken the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine in an EU and Schengen country, in Andorra, San Marino, Monaco or the Vatican CIty, in a OECD country or a yellow third country.

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

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

To be exempt from the requirements to have a worthy purpose and to take a test prior to entry into Denmark, fully vaccinated persons who want to enter Denmark must provide documentation of the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Target disease/vaccination against
  • Name of vaccine
  • Status of vaccination
  • Date of vaccination – date 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 who is fully vaccinated are exempt from the requirement to have a worthy purpose to be allowed to enter Denmark together with a parent.

Children under the age of 15 are exempt from the requirements to take a test and to isolate themselves upon entry into Denmark. Children and young people between the ages of 15 and 17 who enter Denmark together with a fully vaccinated parent are also exempt from the requirement to isolate upon entry to be allowed to accompany their parents.

However, children and young people aged 15 or more are still required to present a negative COVID-19 test at entry and when boarding a plane irrespective of whether they accompany a fully vaccinated parent or not.

Read more about the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test before entry 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

The rules applying to fully vaccinated people depend on your habitual residence and your country of departure. See the example below.

A foreigner who is resident in and has been vaccinated in an orange EU or Schengen country and who enters Denmark from an orange country is exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test taken before arrival in Denmark and the requirement to have a worthy purpose. That person is also exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a plane and the requirement to take a test and to isolate themselves upon entry into Denmark unless he or she arrives from a red country.

Other rules you also need to be aware of

Test and isolation upon entry

Generally, everyone who wants to enter Denmark must take a test after entry and subsequently isolate themselves for ten days. However, there are a number of exceptions to these requirements.

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

Requirement on test when travelling by air to Denmark

Please also note that Danish nationals and foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a residence permit for Denmark are also required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before they board a plane for Denmark from another country.

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

Entry into Denmark in general

Valid travel ID

Read about valid travel ID that you must bring for border controls upon entering Denmark:

Travel ID

Other relevant documents

An official document that provides proof of your address, including country and possibly region, such as a document showing your registered address or the like, and a passport.

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

You cannot obtain an advance approval of entry into Danmark. The Danish National Police has created a document establishing that you cannot obtain approval of entry in advance. This document can be helpful when boarding a plane, however, it is not a guarantee for boarding. 

Letter (in English) establishing that you cannot obtain advance approval of entry into Denmark

Entry and disembarkation for 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 must obtain special permission from the Epidemic Commission or anyone else authorised by the Commission, see Executive Order No. 1708 of 27 November 2020 on the prohibition of disembarkation from cruise ships etc. in connection with the handling of COVID-19.

 

Applicable entry restrictions

Foreigners habitually resident in yellow countries

 

Foreigners habitually resident in yellow countries can enter Denmark if they can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test irrespective of the purpose of their entry. The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry. 

Foreigners habitually resident in orange countries

 

Orange EU and Schengen countries

Foreigners habitually resident in orange EU and Schengen countries can enter Denmark with proof of a negative COVID-19 test irrespective of the purpose of their entry. The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry. 

Orange countries outside EU and Schengen

Foreigners habitually resident in orange countries outside EU and Schengen can enter Denmark if they have a worthy purpose and can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry.

The United Kingdom

Foreigners habitually resident in the United Kingdom can enter Denmark if they have a worthy purpose and can presendt proof of a negative PCR-test. The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry.

Worthy purposes:

Work, business, studies etc.

You can enter Denmark if you have a job in Denmark or are a self-employed person working in Denmark, including if you work as a professional artist or athlete.

You can enter Denmark if you have a valid work permit for Denmark. The same applies if you have not yet used your work permit and the purpose of entering Denmark is to work.

Relevant documents

A valid employment contract from an employer in Denmark - it may be combined with your most recent pay slip as proof that you are still employed.

If you have a work permit, you are advised to present it together with a valid employment contract.

If you are a self-employed person, you are advised to present proof in the form of a certificate of incorporation.

If you are a professional artist or athlete, you must be able to present proof of the working relationship and of the time and place of the work, such as an email or other written agreement on the performance of the work. Further, you must bring the contact details of a relevant contact person for the meeting/work in Denmark who can confirm the information provided by you.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Note

If you enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight, are exempted from the test requirement. Except if you are residing in South Africa, in which case, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry

If you enter Denmark as an air crew member (whether on or off duty) after having performed your job or having undertaken such function abroad and are in transit, you are exempted from the test requirement. 

If you are a crew member 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, you are exempted from the test requirement. 

Volunteer work is not considered a worthy purpose of entering Denmark.

You can enter Denmark for the purpose of attending meetings etc. as part of your job.

Relevant documents

You must present proof, such as an email, of the working relationship and of the time and place of the meeting/work. Further, you must present the contact details of a relevant contact person for the meeting/work in Denmark who can confirm the information provided by you.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you are to perform services or transport goods into or out of Denmark, including if you are to transport goods out of Denmark in your private car for business purposes.

Relevant documents

One of the following documents:

  • Proof of the transaction in the form of an invoice, a receipt, a purchase agreement or the like.
  • Receipt for registration in the Register of Foreign Service Providers (Registret for Udenlandske Tjenesteydere), RUT. The receipt must be reforwarded by the employer to the employee.
  • Proof of social security (PD A1) in connection with work in another EU/EEA country issued by the authorities in the country of origin of the employer/the self-employed person. 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Note

If you enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight, you are exempt from the requirement to take a test.

You can also enter Denmark if you are an aircraft crew member, a diplomat, an offshore worker or belong to another category of persons mentioned in Annex VII of the Schengen Borders Code.

You can enter Denmark if you are a seaman signing on or off in Denmark in connection with a crew change. However, you can only sign off from a cruise liner or a passenger ship with room for more than 100 passengers with the approval of the Epidemic Commission.

If you are a seaman on a cargo ship or on a small passenger ship (with room for 100 passengers or less), you can go ashore to exercise your right to shore leave. The general conditions applicable to the right to shore leave must be observed. If you are a seaman on a large passenger ship with room for more than 100 passengers, you can only go ashore with the approval of the Epidemic Commission.

Relevant documents

Confirmation from your employer of where and when you are to sign on or off.

If you are a diplomat, you must show your diplomatic passport and proof that you are travelling as an official of the state.

In general, you must also present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 a red country and are a ship crew member, an offshore worker or a maritime technician, you can only travel through Denmark in transit on your homebound journey.

Exemptions from the requirement of presenting a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to Denmark

If you enter Denmark as an air crew member (whether on or off duty) after having performed your job or having undertaken such function abroad and are in transit in Denmark, you are exempted from the test requirement. 

If you are a crew member 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 (for instance, in connection with a crew change), you are exempted from the test requirement. Please note, that if you are travelling to Denmark, i.e. with the purpose of signing on to a ship in connection with a crew change, and you are arriving to Denmark by air, you are still required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the plane. 

 

You can enter Denmark if you are going to a job interview in Denmark. 

Relevant documents

The invitation for the job interview from the Danish company must include contact details of the person at the Danish company.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate and have entered Denmark by  Thursday 4.00 pm. After Thursday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are enrolled as a pupil or student at an educational institution that is open on the condition that you must attend classes or have an exam requiring physical presence.

You can also enter Denmark if you are going to take an admission test or the like that cannot be taken online and the test is a prerequisite for being admitted to a Danish educational programme. The educational programme for which you are taking the test must be offered by a Danish public educational institution.

Moreover, you can enter Denmark if you have been admitted to an educational institution in Denmark. You must enter Denmark as late as possible before the start of your study programme but not earlier than two weeks before. If you have been issued with a student residence permit, you can present your residence permit as proof that you are entitled to study and live in Denmark.

You can also enter Denmark if your educational institution has made a special agreement with the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) (Styrelsen for International Rekruttering og Integration) under which pupils and students can postpone their application for residence until after their entry into Denmark. However, it is a requirement that you can provide proof that you are comprised by such particular scheme.

Relevant documents

A letter of confirmation from the educational institution at which you have enrolled or at which you are taking an admission test. It must also appear that the educational institution is open and that you have business requiring physical presence such as classes or an exam.

If you have been issued with a student residence permit, you can present your residence permit as proof that you are entitled to attend school or study and live in Denmark.

You must present proof of being comprised by a special scheme between SIRI and your educational institution, such as a so-called 'no objection letter' issued by SIRI, as well as confirmation that you are enrolled at your educational institution.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you have a traineeship that is a mandatory element of a formal further education programme in another country. In that case, the traineeship in Denmark will be deemed to be in the same category as education in Denmark. 

Relevant documents

A letter of confirmation from your foreign educational institution that traineeship in another country is a mandatory element of your education programme and the trainee contract with your Danish traineeship workplace.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark to attend a folk high school programme.

Relevant documents

A letter of confirmation from the folk high school that you are enrolled at the folk high school and that the school is open.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you been granted residence or have been issued with a residence card because you have an au pair placement with a family in Denmark.

Relevant documents

Your residence permit, registration certificate or residence card.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Private matters

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, stepchild, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, grandchild or step-grandchild of a Danish national resident in or permanently staying in Denmark or of a foreigner resident in Denmark.

The relationship must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person. Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

Relevant documents

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. You are also advised to bring a copy of the health insurance card of the person resident in Denmark. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

Download (English) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry (PDF)

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Children up to and including the age of 14 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, stepchild, grandchild or step-grandchild of a Danish national resident abroad and you otherwise have a legal right to enter Denmark. You must enter Denmark together with your Danish family member.

The relationship must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person. Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

Relevent documents

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. You are also advised to bring a copy of the health insurance card of the person resident in Denmark. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

Download (English) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry (PDF)

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Children up to and including the age of 14 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, child or stepchild of a person sent by a state and you hold a diplomatic passport or similar document confirming the relationship.

Relevant documents

You must be able to substantiate the relationship with the person sent by a state, for example by means of a diplomatic passport. 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Children up to and including the age of 14 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

 

You can enter Denmark for the purpose of having parenting time with minors.

Relevant documents

Your children's certificates of birth or baptism or your diplomatic passport from your your family relationship appears and copies of your children's health insurance cards.  

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you are the primary caregiver of minors living in Denmark, such as a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family.

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the authorities that you are the primary caregiver of the children and copies of the children's health insurance cards.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you want to visit a seriously ill or dying person in Denmark. The spouse, live-in partner, sweetheart, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, siblings, stepsiblings, parents, stepparents, grandparents, stepgrandparents, parents-in-law and children-in-law of a seriously ill or dying person can normally enter Denmark.

The relationship between sweethearts must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person.

Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the relevant healthcare professional passed on to you with the sick person's consent. Moreover, evidence of the family relationship must be provided. This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc.

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc.

The nature and duration of a relationship between sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

Download (English) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry (PDF)

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Children up to and including the age of 14 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are to participate in the imminent birth of your child with the consent of the mother-to-be. Normally, you can enter Denmark three weeks prior to the due date.

Relevant documents

As proof of the upcoming birth and your parental connection to that child you are advised to present a copy of the maternity record and a letter of consent from the mother-to-be stating that she acknowledges that you are the parent-to-be of the child and that she wants you to participate in the birth of the child.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you are to continue treatment at a Danish healthcare institution.

In this context, treatment at a private hospital is considered the same as treatment at a public hospital.

Relevant documents

A notice from the healthcare institution.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Children up to and including the age of 14 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are to attend a funeral or burial of immediate family members.

An 'immediate family member' is defined as a person's spouse, live-in partner, fiancé(e), regular partner, parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, foster child, stepchild, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, grandchild, step-grandchild, parent-in-law, or child-in-law. 

The relationship must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person. Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

Relevant documents

You are advised to present a letter of confirmation from the undertager, the church office or the chapel of rest verifying that they are handling the funeral. In addition, you must present documentation for your relation.

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. You are also advised to bring a copy of the health insurance card of the person resident in Denmark. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

Download solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry (English)

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Children up to and including the age of 14 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Denmark.

Legal matters etc.

You can enter Denmark if you are to participate in legal proceedings or you have been summoned to an interview or a meeting with the police or another public authority in a case in which the relevant authority finds it necessary to conduct an interview or a meeting in person.

Relevant documents

You must present the letter of summons from the court or a document from the public authority confirming that you are to attend an interview or a meeting in person.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you have urgent business at an embassy or consular mission in Denmark.

Relevant documents

A document from the embassy or consular mission in Denmark confirming that your business is essential and the date and time of your appointment.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

 

Real estate etc.

You can enter Denmark if you are the owner of a summerhouse, an allotment shed or a boat or are a permanent resident at a campsite in Denmark. You can bring your spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parents, stepparents, sisters and brothers, stepsisters and stepbrothers, grandparents, stepgrandparents, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, stepgrandchildren as well as other members of your household. You must enter Denmark together with the owner.

Relevant documents

Proof of your ownership of the summerhouse or allotment shed, such as the deed of conveyance, contract of sale or tax information. Proof that you are a permanent resident at a campsite or have a berth.

If you bring the above family members, you must bring proof of your family relationship such as your marriage certificate, certificates of birth, diplomatic passport if it shows the family relationship, proof of shared residence etc. 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 who are habitually resident in red countries and do not have one of the following special worthy purposes of entry will not be allowed to enter Denmark, not even to be in transit.

In addition to proof of a special worthy purpose, those persons must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry.

Special worthy purposes:

You can enter Denmark if you are the primary caregiver of minors living in Denmark, such as a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family.

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the authorities that you are the primary caregiver of the children and copies of the children's health insurance cards.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you want to visit a seriously ill or dying person in Denmark. The spouse, live-in partner, sweetheart, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, siblings, stepsiblings, parents, stepparents, grandparents, stepgrandparents, parents-in-law and children-in-law of a seriously ill or dying person can normally enter Denmark.

The relationship between sweethearts must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person.

Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the relevant healthcare professional passed on to you with the sick person's consent. Moreover, evidence of the family relationship must be provided. This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc.

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc.

The nature and duration of a relationship between sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

Download (English) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry (PDF)

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

Children up to and including the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are transporting freight.

Relevant documents

You must present proof that you transport freight for business purposes (either as an employee or as a self-employed freight carrier) or proof of your employment as a carrier of freight and also proof of the shipment you are transporting or intend to pick up in Denmark.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you are an air crew or ship crew member, an offshore worker or a maritime technician and travel through Denmark in transit on your homebound journey.

Relevant documents

You must present proof that you have been an air crew or ship crew member, have worked as an offshore worker or as a maritime technician. You must also present proof of your country of residence or origin, such as a document showing your registered address and/or a passport. Further, you must present proof of your homebound journey, such as a flight ticket. 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 enter Denmark if you are a diplomat, including groups of people similar to those mentioned in points 1 and 4 of Annex VII of the Schengen Borders Code, or a diplomatic courier, if you enter Denmark to pay a service visit to a local diplomatic mission or if you are allowed to enter Denmark under a host country agreement.

Relevant documents

You must present proof that you have business on a local diplomatic mission and your diplomatic passport, if relevant.

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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.

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

The police will check the test certificate (proof of a negative COVID-19 test) of the person who wants to enter Denmark at the border.

The test certificate must meet a number of requirements in order to be recognized upon entry into Denmark. Read more below.

The police only accept test certificates in the Scandinavian languages, German, English, French, Spanish or Italian.

Valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test 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 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).

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 home 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. 

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.

Certificate of negative COVID-19 test

 

It is a condition that you can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

For example, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate 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 a border region (Schleswig-Holstein, Scania, Halland, Blekinge or West Gothia) can enter into Denmark with proof of a negative COVID-19 test irrespective of the purpose. The test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before the time of entry.

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

Further, the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test does not apply to foreigners habitually resident abroad who fall within one or several of the groups below:

  • Children up to and including the age of 14. 
  • 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 14 days but no more than 180 days before the time of entry as the person is no longer assumed to be contagious. The reason for such positive test result is deemed to be inactive viral RNA fragments. The same requirements apply to the positive test certificate as for the negative test certificate. Read more above. 

*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. 

Please note that persons arriving in Denmark by plane, including Danish nationals and foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a residence permit for Denmark, must present a negative COVID-19 test when boarding the plane for Denmark.

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

Foreigners habitually resident in the United Kingdom must be able to present proof of a negative PCR-test taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry into Denmark. Antigen test are not accepted for foreigners habitually resident in the United Kingdom. 

For foreigners habitually resident in the United Kingdom, the same other requirements apply regarding proof of negative COVID-19 test, testing time and exceptions, as described in the sections above.

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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. However, please call the Arrivals' hotline if have questions regarding entry into Denmark.

Telephone: (+45) 7020 0233

Hotline opening hours

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

Foreigners arriving in Denmark will be refused entry into Denmark at all internal and external borders unless they meet the entry requirements.

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

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.