Foreigners habitually resident abroad

Different rules apply to entry into Denmark for foreigners habitually resident abroad depending on whether your country of habitual residence is on the list of green, yellow, orange or red countries. See the rules of the different categories below.

EU and Schengen countries are classified into green, yellow and red categories while countries outside EU and Schengen countries are classified into yellow, orange and red categories. 

Foreigners who hold a valid residence permit for Denmark can enter Denmark regardless of their purpose unless they are habitually resident in a red country. In that case, they can only enter Denmark if they have a special worthy purpose (see the list of special worthy purposes below).

Foreigners who are habitually resident in an orange country outside the EU and the Schengen area and who enter Denmark without a valid residence permit for Denmark can enter Denmark if they have a worthy purpose (see the list of worthy purposes below).

See the list of countries here

Guide for people travelling to Denmark as tourist 

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

Applicable entry restrictions

Foreigners habitually resident in green and yellow countries

 
 

Foreigners habitually resident in green and yellow countries can enter Denmark if they can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test irrespective of the purpose of their entry. 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 testing requirement and exemptions below.

Foreigners habitually resident in orange countries

 

Foreigners habitually resident in orange countries can enter Denmark if they have a worthy purpose and can present proof of 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.

Orange OECD countries

Foreigners who are habitually resident in an orange OECD country and who comply with the requirements for being considered fully vaccinated can enter Denmark without providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test irrespective of the purpose of their entry. See below.

Read more about the testing requirement and exemptions below.

Worthy purposes:

Work, business, studies etc.

You can enter into Denmark if you have a job in Denmark or are self-employed who perform work in Denmark.

The entry must take place as close to the beginning of your employment as possible. If, in connection with your work in Denmark, you intend to move to Denmark, you will, however, be able to enter up to 14 days before the start of your employment. In this connection, it will be a prerequisite that you can also document that the entry takes place with the intention of moving to Denmark.

If you are a professional artist or athlete, you should see under the tab "You are to perform services or carry goods into or out of Denmark”.

Relevant documents

A valid employment contract from an employer in Denmark and, if relevant, your most recent pay slip as proof that you are still employed.

If you are self-employed, you must present documentation of the employment relationship as well as the time and place of the work (for example in the form of an e-mail or other written agreement on the performance of the work). You should also present documentation for registration of your company.

Furthermore, you must be able to present contact information to a possible contact person in connection with the work in Denmark, who can confirm the information.

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

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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

Persons who enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight are normally exempt from the testing requirement.
If you are a crew member on a train, bus, ship, taxi or any other commercial passenger transportation vehicle operating under permission of the Danish Taxi Act (taxiloven) and you are in transit, you are also exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test taken before entry. 

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

Relevant documents

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

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.

You can enter Denmark if you are to perform services for business purposes or carry goods into or out of Denmark for business purposes, including if you are to carry goods out of Denmark in your private car for business purposes.

You can also enter into Denmark if you need to provide services as a professional artist or athlete. A professional athlete includes individuals who:

  1. Participates as an athlete, staff, official or management in professional sports and receives remuneration for this, or
  2. Participates as an athlete, staff, official or management in a sporting event otherwise at a high international level in a sport recognized by the Danish Sports Confederation (DIF), in horse racing or an e-sport. This includes participation in national matches, World Championship, European Championship and World Cup competitions as well as other competitions at a similarly high level without the requirement that the person in question receives remuneration for this.

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.

If you are a professional artist, you must be able to present documentation for the event, including time and place, an agreement on the delivery of the service (for example in the form of an e-mail or other written agreement on the service) and an agreement on remuneration for the service.

If you are a professional athlete, you must either be able to submit documentation of an employment relationship, where you receive remuneration for your work as an athlete, or an invitation / registration confirmation from the organizer of the competition / event in question in Denmark.

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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

If you enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight, you are exempt from the testing requirement. See below.

You can 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 Patient Safety Authority (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed).

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 Patient Safety Authority.

Relevant documents

If you are a seaman, you must present confirmation from your employer of where and when you are to sign on or off. You must also provide proof that you are a crew member, such as a valid employment contract. 

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

Normally, 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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

If you are an aircraft crew member (whether on or off duty) and enter Denmark after having performed your job or having undertaken such function abroad and are in transit in Denmark, you are exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test upon entry. 

If you are a crew member on a train, bus, ship, taxi or any other commercial passenger transportation vehicle operating under permission of the Danish Taxi Act and are in transit (for example when signing on or off a ship), you are exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test upon entry.

Note, however, that if you travel to Denmark to sign on a ship etc. and you arrive from a red country or region, you must present a negative PCR test before boarding the plane. The test must have been taken no more then 72 hours before you board 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 a relevant contact person at the Danish company.

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.

You can enter Denmark if you are enrolled as a pupil or student at an educational institution that is open and you are to 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 requiring physical presence 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.

You must enter Denmark as late as possible before the start of your study programme. However, if you contemplate relocating to Denmark in connection with your education in Denmark, you can enter Denmark 14 days before the start of your educational programme. In that connection, you will be required to provide proof that you enter Denmark with a view to relocating to Denmark.

Relevant documents

A letter of confirmation from the educational institution at which you have enrolled/been admitted 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.

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.

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 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.

You can enter Denmark if you are a pupil at a folk high school or have been admitted to a folk high school that is open, no matter the length of your stay. The folk high school must be approved under the Danish Act on Folk High Schools (lov om folkehøjskoler).  

A list of approved folk high schools is available on the website of the Agency for Culture and Palaces (Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen).

Relevant documents

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

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.

 

You can enter into Denmark if you are to be an au pair for a host family in Denmark.

Relevant documents

A valid au pair contract with a host family in Denmark. In addition, you should provide contact information for your host family, which can confirm the placement. 

Private matters

You can enter Denmark if you are closely related to a Danish national or foreigners resident in or permanently staying in Denmark.

Closely related means:

Spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, stepchild, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, grandchild and step-grandchild.

The relationship of 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

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 form for solemn declaration of relationship

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.

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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

Children up to and including the age of 15 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Denmark.

 

 

You can enter Denmark if you are closely related to a Danish national resident abroad or a foreigner who is resident abroad and holds a residence permit for Denmark and you enter Denmark together with the relevant family member.

Closely related means:

Spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, stepchild, grandchild and step-grandchild.

The relationship of 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

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.

The nature and duration of a relationship can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the Danish family member resident abroad declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark together with the Danish family member resident abroad. 

Download form for solemn declaration of relationship

 

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.

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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

Children up to and including the age of 15 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Denmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, child or stepchild of a person who is expatriated by a state to Denmark and holds a diplomatic passport or similar document that confirms the relationship.

Relevant documents

You must provide proof of the relationship with the person expatriated by a state to Denmark, such as a diplomatic passport or other similar document that confirms the relationship.

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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

Children up to and including the age of 15 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Denmark.

 

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

Relevant documents

Your child's certificate of birth or baptism or your diplomatic passport from which your family relationship appears and a copy of your child's health insurance card.

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.

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 child and a copy of the child's health insurance card.

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.

 

You can enter Denmark if you are to visit a closely related person in Denmark who is seriously ill or dying.

Closely related means:

Spouse, live-in partner, sweetheart, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, sisters, brothers, parents, stepparents, grandparents, stepgrandparents, parents-in-law and children-in-law of a seriously ill or dying person.

The relationship of 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, you must provide proof of the family relationship. This could be in the form of a certificate of birth or baptism etc. As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of 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.

Download form for solemn declaration of relationship

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

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.

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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

Children up to and including the age of 15 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Denmark.

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, 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.

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.

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 or private hospital stating that your treatment is to be continued.

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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

Children up to and including the age of 15 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Denmark.

You can enter Denmark to attend burial or funeral services for a closely related person.
 
Closely related means:

Spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, foster child, stepchild, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, grandchild, step-grandchild and parents-in-law.

Relevant documents

You are advised to present a letter of confirmation from the caretaker, the church office, the chapel etc. verifying that they are handling the funeral in Denmark. 

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of 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 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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

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 are advised to 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. 

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.

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.

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.

Real estate etc.

You can enter Denmark if you are the owner of a summerhouse, an allotment shed, a boat or a permanent location at a campsite in Denmark. You can bring closely related persons and other members of your household. You must enter Denmark together with the owner of the summerhouse, the boat or the permanent location at the campsite.

Closely related means:

Spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, foster child, stepchild, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, grandchild, step-grandchild and parents-in-law.

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 have a permanent location at a campsite or a berth.

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

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.

Exemptions from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

Children up to and including the age of 15 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into 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. Foreigners who are habitually resident in red countries can only be in transit if they are in possession of a residence permit from a Schengen country and travel through Denmark in transit to get to the Schengen country that has issued their residence permit. 

In addition to proof of a special worthy purpose, those persons must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the time of entry.

Read more about the testing requirement and exemptions below.

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 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were PCR-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.

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 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were PCR-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.

Children up to and including the age of 15 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.

 

Exemption from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test

If you enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight you are exempt from the testing requirement. See below.

 

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 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were PCR-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.

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 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry. 

For instance, if you were PCR-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.

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

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.

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).

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 be performed at least 2 weeks and at most 12 months before the time of entry.

Foreigners who are habitually resident abroad and want to enter into 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 your documentation for 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 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

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.

*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 people who arrive in Denmark by plane

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.

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.