If you have been in a red country/region
All travellers who have been in a red country or region (excluding transit) 10 days before entry must take a test and isolate on arrival in Denmark. Foreigners permanently residing in red countries must present a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entering Denmark. There are currently no countries or regions categorized as red.
Following the health authorities’ assessment of changing the colour of red countries to orange, the test requirement before boarding has been revoked as of Saturday 14 August 2021 at 4 p.m.
The test requirement before boarding can be re-introduced at a later date if some countries are categorized as red again.
If you are required to take a test or isolate
If you are required to take a test prior to entry, you must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before your time of entry into Denmark. An antigen test is only valid if taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry, i.e. the exact time at which you are checked before entering Denmark.
If you are subject to the requirement to take a test upon arrival, the rules vary depending on whether you enter Denmark by air or via its sea or land borders. If you arrive by plane from a yellow, orange or red country, you are usually required to take a test on arrival at the airport. If you enter Denmark via a sea or land border, you must generally take a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test no later than 24 hours after your time of entry.
If you are subject to the requirement to self-isolate, you should as a rule self-isolate for 10 days. You may stop self-isolating after obtaining a negative PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry. If you were in a red country or region between and 5 and 10 days prior to your arrival in Denmark, then your isolation may be broken following a negative PCR test taken immediately on arrival.
Danish business travellers returning to Denmark from a business trip to an orange country are not required to self-isolate after returning to Denmark. And they don’t need to self-isolate outside working hours, either.
Foreign business travellers from orange countries attending a business meeting in Denmark are also exempt from the self-isolation requirement after entry. The people concerned are still required to be tested in accordance with the rules otherwise in force.
Children below the age of 16 are exempt from the test and isolation requirements. The same applies to children below the age of 18 if they travel with a parent who is fully vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19.