FAQ: Testing and isolation requirements after entry into Denmark

To limit the introduction and spread of more contagious virus variants, measures on mandatory testing and isolation have been introduced for all persons after entering Denmark from orange and red countries.

Updated 19 July 2021.

Different requirements apply to you depending on where you travelling from. The Danish travel model operates with different levels of risk (green, yellow, orange and red) for countries and regions of the world. There is no testing requirement after entry if you are travelling from green countries and regions. Moreover, there is no isolation requirement if you enter Denmark from green or yellow countries or regions.

The categorization of countries and regions

As a general rule, you have to undergo test and isolation after entry if you have within the last 10 days have stayed (not transit) in a red country or region. This rule applies even if you at the time of entry arrive from a green or yellow country or region.

The rules apply in addition to the existing rules on entry. Read more about the existing rules here.

You can find information about travel abroad from Denmark in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice here.

This FAQ is based on the rules of legal act “Bekendtgørelse om krav om test og isolation efter indrejse i Danmark i forbindelse med håndtering af COVID-19” (“Executive order on mandatory testing and isolation after entry into Denmark in connection with the management of COVID-19”) (Danish only). 

“Executive order on mandatory testing and isolation after entry into Denmark in connection with the management of COVID-19” (Danish only) (retsinformation.dk)

Please note that the provisions of this executive order may be adjusted, so it is important to regularly check this page if you are planning to enter Denmark.

The executive order applies until and including 31 October 2021.

Mandatory isolation after entry and breaking isolation after a negative test taken on the fourth day

After you enter Denmark from orange or redcountries, you must, without undue delay, isolate at an isolation site for 10 days. As a general rule, you must not leave the isolation site before the end of the 10-day period. This also applies even if you have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to and upon arrival or after entry into Denmark. However, you may be exempt if you are vaccinated or previously has been infected with COVID-19. Read more below under “Which rules apply if I am vaccinated?” and “Persons previously infected with COVID-19?” A number of other exemptions applies. Read more under “special groups”.

The requirement to undergo isolation also applies to you if you have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark., even if you arrive from a green or yellow country or region. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

The mandatory isolation may be prematurely broken after obtaining a negative PCR test taken no earlier than the fourth day after entry into Denmark.

Example:

The 10-day isolation requirement is calculated from the first day after entry into the country.

If you enter Denmark on Friday morning, you can take a PCR test after 00:00 on Tuesday (midnight between Monday and Tuesday). If you enter on Monday, you can take a PCR test on the fourth day after entry, which is Friday. You may not leave your isolation site until you have received the test result, which must be negative.

If you enter on Monday, you must isolate until Thursday the following week, unless you obtain a negative PCR test taken on or after the fourth day.

An isolation site may be a private home and adjacent private garden or a similar suitable facility that allows for accommodation and access to all basic necessities, including food and drink. There are no specific requirements regarding the isolation site, including its physical characteristics. Read more about this below.

If you are required to isolate but are unable to isolate under suitable conditions, you can be referred to a voluntary stay at a municipal isolation facility. You must pay the costs of this stay, including the costs of meals. Stays at a municipal isolation facility are available by referral by the municipality. Read more about the rules below.

The self-isolation requirement means that you must not leave the isolation site.

There are no specific requirements regarding the physical properties of the isolation site.

Thus you may isolate in your home or where you were otherwise planning to stay after entry into Denmark.

An isolation site can be:

  • A private home and adjacent private garden.
  • Another suitable facility that allows for accommodation and access to all basic necessities, including food and drink.
  • A vehicle used for freight transport (up to a maximum of two occupants).

Thus you may isolate in your own home or in another suitable facility, for example a hotel room. If you isolate in a private home, you may go out into the private garden adjacent to the home, but you may not go outside into common areas, such as a courtyard or garden collectively belonging to a local home-owners’ association.

You may isolate in a home even if your family or romantic partner is staying in the home at the same time. There is no requirement barring you from eating or sharing a bed with persons who are not part of your isolation. Other members of a household in which a person is isolating are thus not subject to the same isolation requirement as the person entering Denmark.

During the isolation, you are advised to observe the guidelines of the Danish Health Authority on isolating in the home (insert link ), but this is not mandatory.

Important guidance if you have tested positive for novel coronavirus (sst.dk)

In certain cases, you may be referred to a voluntary stay at a municipal isolation facility. You must pay the costs of this stay, including meals. Read more about the municipal isolation facilities below.

Transport

You must wear a facemask or visor during transport if you use public transport, and you should take care to comply with the general recommendations to prevent the spread of infection, including the recommendation on physical distancing from others. Furthermore, you should not make use of public transport if you are ill or assume that you are infected.

Shopping

You must not leave the isolation site, which means that you must not leave your home to shop for groceries or similar errands. Ask family or friends to assist with grocery shopping or order online, and to place the groceries at your front door.

Persons at risk of having been infected and who are awaiting the result of a test for COVID-19 may be eligible for referral to a voluntary stay at a municipal isolation facility.

The municipality assesses whether you are among the target group served by the facility in question. You must pay the costs of your stay, including meals.

In the context of mandatory isolation, the target group for a stay at a municipal isolation facility is adult citizens at risk of having been infected and awaiting a COVID-19 test, who are largely self-sufficient and thus do not require help or treatment from health or social services personnel, and who share a home with:

1) many people in a small area and/or without optimum division of rooms in the home;

2) one or more people who have difficulty cooperating with the potentially infected person in their efforts to follow the authorities’ recommendations on isolation in the home, for example due to social problems or cognitive impairment, or;

3) one or more persons at increased risk of developing a serious course of disease if infected with COVID-19, as defined by the Danish Health Authority in its recommendations for persons at increased risk, and where it is difficult to ensure adequate isolation within the home.

Children and young people under the age of 18 may only be referred to a stay at a municipal isolation facility if accompanied by an adult from the same household.

Call your municipality for more information about your options, or read more on your municipality’s website. If you do not live in Denmark, you can contact the municipality in which you are staying to learn more about the options for referral to a voluntary isolation facility.

There are a number of exemptions from the mandatory isolation requirement, including inter alia persons entering Denmark from green or yellow countries and regions and fully vaccinated persons or persons previously infected with COVID-19.

Some exemptions apply for all persons, while others only apply for Danish citizens and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit or for persons resident abroad. There are also special rules for certain groups of persons. Exemptions from the mandatory isolation requirement are outlined below.

Detailed information about the exemptions from mandatory isolation can be found in the “special groups of persons” section of this FAQ.

The current risk assessment (color) of a specific country or region can be found via this link where green, yellow and red countries and regions are listed. The rest of the world is orange:

Country categories

 

Persons entering Denmark from regions or countries, which at the time of entry are listed as green or yellow, and who during the journey to Denmark have not had a stay (transit not included) in regions or countries, which are orange or red, are exempted from the isolation requirement. See below.

Moreover, you can be exempt from the isolation requirement if you are fully vaccinated or has been infected with COVID-19 previously. Read more about the rules for vaccinated persons under “Which rules apply if I am vaccinated?” and for persons previously infected with COVID-19 under “Persons previously infected with COVID-19?”A number of other exemptions applies for special groups, for example duty travellers. See below for further information.

Persons entering Denmark from abroad and who must isolate after entry may temporarily interrupt their isolation:

  • To seek necessary treatment in the health service, including to obtain a rapid test (antigen) or PCR test for COVID-19.
  • To visit close acquaintances* who are seriously ill or dying.
  • To attend a funeral or burial of a close acquaintance.*
  • To attend the birth of their child.
  • To participate in court proceedings or similar.
  • To leave Denmark without undue delay.

After the temporary interruption, persons must resume the isolation without undue delay. This means, for example, that you may not go grocery shopping after you have been to the doctor or attended the funeral of a close acquaintance. You must wear a facemask or visor during transport to your isolation site if you use public transport, and you should take care to comply with the general recommendations to prevent the spread of infection, including the recommendation on physical distancing from others. Furthermore, you should not make use of public transport if you are ill or assume that you are infected.

*The following groups of persons are covered by the term “close acquaintance”: Spouse, cohabitating partner, fiancé, romantic partner, child, stepchild, foster child, grandchild, step-grandchild, sibling, step-sibling, parent, step-parent, foster parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, parent-in-law and child-in-law.

You are exempted from the isolation requirement if you enter Denmark from a green or yellow country or region. You will still be exempt from the isolation requirement if you are only in transit through regions or countries that are orange or red.

Example: If you travel to Croatia on vacation, and Croatia is green or yellow, you are exempt from the isolation requirement after entering Denmark from Croatia. If you travel to Croatia on vacation, and Croatia is green or yellow, but you transit in Serbia, which is orange or red, you are still exempt from the isolation requirement as long as you have not had a stay in Serbia. If you travel back from Croatia to Denmark but make a stop at i.e. a supermarket or a restaurant in Serbia, it will be considered as a stay meaning that you will have to go into isolation after entering Denmark (if Serbia is orange or red).

The current risk assessment (color) of a specific country or region can be found via this link where green, yellow and red countries and regions are listed. The rest of the world is orange:

Country categories

Please note that special rules apply if have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?” 

You are exempt from the isolation requirement, if you enter into Denmark from a country or region that was green or yellow at the time of departure from Denmark, but has changed to orange during your stay. It is a requirement that your stay does not exceed 15 days. If the region or country changes from green or yellow to orange during your stay, and your stay exceeds 15 days, you will have to go into isolation after entering Denmark.

If you enter into Denmark from a country or region that was green or yellow at the time of departure from Denmark, but has changed to red during your stay, you will have to go into isolation after entering Denmark.

It is a requirement that you have not had any stay in orange or red countries or regions on your journey back to Denmark. This means, that you will still be exempted from the isolation requirement if you only transit in regions or countries that are orange or red. If you make a significant stay in an orange or a red region or country on your journey back to Denmark, i.e. if you go shopping, visit restaurants or stay overnight in a hotel, you will have to go into isolation after entering Denmark.

Transit in an airport or pulling into a petrol station to refuel your car is not considered as having had a significant stay.

Example: If you travel on vacation to North Macedonia, and North Macedonia is yellow at the time of departure from Denmark, but changes to orange during your stay, you are exempted from the isolation requirement after returning to Denmark, as long as your stay in North Macedonia does not exceed 15 days, and you do not make any stay in other regions or countries that are orange or red.

If you travel on vacation to North Macedonia, and North Macedonia is yellow at the time of departure from Denmark, but changes to orange during your stay, you will have to go into isolation after returning to Denmark, if you stay in North Macedonia exceeds 15 days, or if you have had a significant stay in other regions or countries that are orange or red.

If you travel on vacation to North Macedonia, and North Macedonia is yellow at the time of departure from Denmark, but changes to red during your stay, you will have to go into isolation after returning to Denmark.

The current risk assessment (color) of a specific country or region can be found via this link where green, yellow and red countries and regions are listed. The rest of the world is orange:

Country categories

If you want to see the color categorization from previous weeks, you can access previous / historical versions of the Executive order on mandatory testing and isolation after entry into Denmark in connection with the management of COVID-19”) (Danish only )

"Executive order on mandatory testing and isolation after entry into Denmark in connection with the management of COVID-19" (Danish only) - yellow and red countries/regions are listed in Appendix 1 and 2. The rest of the world is coloured orange. If you want to see the colour categorization from previous weeks, you can access previous / historical versions of the executive order.

If you have stayed (transit not included) in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark you must get tested after entry and go into isolation after entry. Theis apply even if you are vaccinated or have been previously infected with COVID-19.

 If you have stayed in a "red" country or region between 5 and 10 days ago, the isolation can be broken by a negative PCR test, which is performed immediately after entry, and otherwise with a negative PCR test, which is performed at the earliest on the fourth day after entry.

In addition to the exemptions that apply for all persons, Danish citizens and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit are exempt under the following circumstances:

  • Persons who are a crew member of an aircraft, including active and passive members, train, bus or taxi or other commercial passenger transport requiring a permit under the Danish Taxi Act, and who are entering Denmark after having performed work or a function of this nature abroad.
  • Persons who enter Denmark for the purpose of freight transport or after having transported freight abroad.
  • Crew members of a ship, offshore workers and maritime technicians entering Denmark after having performed work abroad or a function of this nature abroad.
  • Persons entering Denmark after performing work or delivering a service in the border regions.
  • Persons entering Denmark after visiting a close acquaintance in the border region.
  • Persons entering Denmark after performing work abroad as a border guard, emergency responder, police, fire-fighter, or a person participating in the deportation and transfer of foreigners or escorting detainees to Denmark
  • Persons entering Denmark from Sweden after having been in transit through Sweden to or from Bornholm and without stopping in Sweden.
  • Persons entering after performing a necessary journey to exercise stipulated or agreed visitation with a child abroad.
  • Persons entering Denmark after having performed a function abroad as a state envoy, including as a diplomat or as an employee of the Danish Armed Forces, or as a member of the European Parliament.
  • Persons who can document having entered Denmark more than six times within the past 30 days from the time of entry (for example, commuters).
  • Persons who have been on a duty travel or business trip abroad, including attending business meetings, delivered goods or services

Please note that some of the abovementioned exceptions required you to present a test that is 72 hours or seven days old or a like. For detailed information about the exemptions, such as the requirement for a negative test prior to entry, see the “special groups of persons” section of this FAQ.

 

Special rules for persons who perform particularly critical and urgent functions. See FAQ on this group.

 

Danish citizens resident abroad and foreigners resident abroad who are permitted to enter Denmark according to the applicable entry restrictions, may – in addition to the circumstances applying for all persons (see above) – temporarily break their isolation in the event it is necessary to perform one of the following worthy purposes:

  • To perform work as an employee, employer or self-employed person.
  • To deliver services in Denmark.
  • Carry out transport of goods in, through or out of Denmark, including loading and unloading of the vehicle.
  • To participate in a business meeting. Please note that you will be fully exempt from isolation if you travel to Denmark to participate in a business meeting.
  • To perform work as a crew member of an aircraft, including active and passive members, train, bus, ship, taxi, or other form of commercial passenger transport requiring a permit under the Danish Taxi Act, offshore worker, wind turbine or maritime technician, or technical specialist who performs service or production of medical equipment or medicines or foods, or to perform tasks as a cross-border commuter, emergency responder, police office, fire-fighter or border guard.
  • To perform tasks as head of state, member of a government or similar, including as EU Commissioner, and following delegations, or as a diplomat.
  • To participate in military exercises.
  • To carry out errands at an embassy or representation in Denmark.
  • To participate in a job interview.
  • To exercise agreed or stipulated visitation.
  • To serve as a primary caregiver for minor children or young people resident in Denmark.
  • To participate in a current course of treatment provided by the Danish health authorities or a private hospital in Denmark.

After the temporary interruption, persons must resume the isolation without undue delay. This implies that persons who have performed one the worthy purposes listed above cannot, for example, shop for groceries after having performed the purpose.

Please note that persons governed by the isolation requirement can interrupt the isolation with the purpose of leaving Denmark without undue delay.

Read more under “General exemptions”.

The test that may be taken no earlier than the fourth day after entry must be a PCR test. 

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Note that special rules applies for the offshore industry and mobile workers. See the “special groups of persons” section of this FAQ.

You can interrupt your isolation to leave Denmark without undue delay. This means that you can leave your place of isolation or leave Denmark after work, whereas you cannot for instance visit family or shop on your way.

You should note that other countries may have entry restrictions e.g. testing and isolation upon entry. You can consult the travel advice published by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for information about other countries’ entry restrictions.

Weekly update of countries and regions according to the level of risk

Different rules may apply to you depending on the country or region you are entering from. For example, you are not required to undergo isolation if you are travelling to Denmark from green and yellow countries or regions.

Countries and regions are categorised in different levels of risk (green, yellow, orange and red). The list is updated  on a weekly basis and is based on an assessment of the infection situation in the specific country and region.

The current risk assessment (color) of a specific country or region can be found via this link where green, yellow and red countries and regions are listed. The rest of the world is orange:

Country categories 

If you want to see the color categorization from previous weeks, you can access previous / historical versions of the executive order:

Executive order on mandatory testing and isolation after entry into Denmark in connection with the management of COVID-19”) (Danish only). 

Requirement to have a valid COVID-19 certificate (test, vaccination, recovery from previous COVID-19 infection) before entering into Denmark

Foreigners who are not resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit are required to present documentation of one of the following:

  • Test certificate for negative test: Negative PCR-test taken not more than 72 hours before entry or a negative antigen test taken not more than 48 hours before entry.
  • Test Certificate for positive test: Positive PCR-test taken at least 14 days and not more than 8 months before entry.
  • Vaccination certificate: Vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine completed at least 14 days and not more than 8 months before entry (applies to holders of the EU digital COVID-19 Certificate and persons with permanent residence in a country in the EU or Schengen as well as Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and the Holy See, an OECD country or a yellow third country.)

If you have an EU digital COVID-19 Certificate, you can use this as documentation. If you do not, you can check if other documentation you might possess meets the Danish requirements. See link below for the requirements for different certificates.

As a general rule, you are required to have a worthy purpose if you are a foreigner resident in an orange or red countries or regions. Read more about the rules here.

Foreigners habitually resident abroad

Special rules apply for foreigners resident in the border regions—that is Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and Blekinge, Skåne, Halland and Västra Götaland County in Sweden. Read more about the rules here:

Regarding persons travelling to Denmark by air

Please note that special rules apply if have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

At present, there is no requirement stipulating a specific type of negative COVID-19 test that must be presented for entry into Denmark. It must be a test that can prove whether the person is infected with COVID-19. This means that both PCR tests and rapid tests (antigen tests) are accepted in connection with entry, whereas antibody tests do not meet the requirement. However, if you are resident in a red country or in the United Kingdom and travelling to Denmark you must present a negative PCR test to enter Denmark. 

Aircraft passengers

Aircraft passengers from and including the age of 16 years travelling to Denmark from red countries or regions, including Danish citizens, must present a negative PCR-test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft.

Among others, crew on commercial flights and passengers previously infected with COVID-19 are exempted.
The airlines are responsible for ensuring that no passengers are permitted on board unless the passengers are able to present a negative PCR-test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding.
You must pay any costs associated with obtaining the test prior to your entry into Denmark. This requirement applies for all passenger flights to Denmark from all red countries or regions.

Read more about the rules here:

Read more about the rules regarding persons travelling to Denmark by air

As a general rule, foreigners who are not Danish nationals, resident in Denmark or hold a Danish residence permit must have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test to be granted entry through the border control checkpoint at the airport in Denmark. A PCR-test can be taken no more than 72 hours before the time of entry and an antigen test can be taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry. Only a negative PCR-test will be accepted from foreigners habitually resident in red countries or the United Kingdom. You must pay any costs associated with obtaining the test prior to your entry into Denmark. Foreigners habitually in orange third countries or red countries must also have a worthy purpose for entering Denmark.

Entry via a sea or land border

Foreigners who are not Danish nationals, resident in Denmark or hold a Danish residence permit must be able to present 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. Only a negative PCR-test will be accepted from foreigners habitually resident in red countries or the United Kingdom. You must pay any costs associated with obtaining the test prior to your entry into Denmark. Foreigners habitually in orange third countries or red countries must also have a worthy purpose for entering Denmark.

Read more about the rules regarding persons resident in countries outside of Denmark

Special rules apply for foreigners resident in the border regions—that is Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and Blekinge, Skåne, Halland and Västra Götaland County in Sweden.

Read more about the rules regarding persons resident in the border regions

Danish nationals and foreigners who are resident in or have a residence permit for Denmark may enter Denmark regardless of their purpose and without presenting a negative COVID-19 test. Read more about the rules here. Note that all persons entering Denmark, as a general rule are subject to the requirement of testing upon arrival or after entry into Denmark.

See more below.

Read more about the rules regarding persons resident in Denmark or of Danish nationality or holding a valid residence permit to Denmark

Note that all persons entering Denmark, as a general rule, are subject to the requirement of testing upon arrival or after entry into Denmark. See more below.

It is mandatory to obtain a COVID-19 test upon arrival or after entry into Denmark if you are travelling from yellow, orange or red countries or regions.

Different rules on testing apply on whether the test is to be obtained upon arrival or after entry depending on whether you arrive by aircraft or enter via a sea or land border. There are also exemptions from the test requirement. These exemptions may be general (i.e. they apply for both arrival by aircraft and entry via a sea or land border) or specific (i.e. specifically applying to travellers by aircraft or entrants via a sea or land border).

In general, the following exemptions to test requirements upon arrival and after entry apply:

  • Children under the age of 16 (ie. up to and including 15 years).
  • Persons who, for medical reasons, should not take a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test for COVID-19.
  • Persons who, due to physical or mental disability, should not take a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test for COVID-19.
  • Persons who were previously infected with COVID-19 and who can present documentation of a positive PCR-test, which is performed at least 14 days and not more than 12 months before the time of entry into Denmark.
  • Persons vaccinated against covid-19* (only applies to persons with an EU Digital COVID Certificate and persons resident in an EU or Schengen country including Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and the Holy See, an OECD-country or a yellow third country).
  • Danish citizens vaccinated against covid-19*.
  • Children between the age of 16 and 17 travelling with a parent who are vaccinated or were previously infected with COVID-19.

The specific exemptions applying for persons arriving by aircraft or entering via sea and land borders respectively are outlined below.

Please note that special rules apply if have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

*Read more about the rules for vaccinated persons under “Which rules apply if I am vaccinated?”

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If you arrive from abroad by aircraft from yellow, orange or red countries and regions, you must take a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR-test for COVID-19 in the airport at one of the test spots pointed out by the airport. This requirement also applies for Danish citizens. You are exempt this requirement if you enter Denmark from a green country or region.

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be guided to a test spot to obtain a test (antigen test or PCR-test). The test spot can be located inside the airport terminals or outside the airport. Passengers arriving from red countries and third countries must be tested inside the airport, while passengers arriving from yellow EU and Schengen countries can be tested in the test spot outside the airport. However, there might be differences from one airport to another. Thus, you should always follow the instructions of the airport you arrive to.

Persons who are tested in the airport and the result is negative will have to present their test result before leaving the airport. Passengers who are tested positive will be accompanied to a PCR testing facility, where they will be offered a PCR test. Infected persons will then be offered transport to their isolation facility. If you undertake a test in the test spot outside the airport, you can leave the airport area immediately and before you have received test result.

If, as an aircraft passenger, you are not covered by the general exemptions from testing (see above), you may still be exempt from the test requirement if:

  • You are an aircraft active or passive crew member.
  • You are travelling via Denmark in transit and do no not leave the airport transit areas. However, see below regarding travel to another airport.
  • You are arriving from abroad to a Danish airport where it is not possible to obtain a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR-test for COVID-19.

For detailed information about the exemptions, including the conditions for exemption from mandatory testing, see the “special groups of persons” section of this FAQ.

If you are arriving at a Danish airport from a yellow, orange or red country or region, and have to take a flight to another Danish airport, you must be tested at the first airport you arrive at. This means, for example, that you must be tested at Copenhagen Airport if you arrive in Copenhagen with a plane from Turkey and you have to continue your trip with a flight to Aalborg Airport. There is a a separate testcenter in Copenhagen Airport for passengers from yellow countries.

If you arrive at a Danish airport where it is not possible to obtain a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR-test, you must obtain a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of entering Denmark (unless you leave Denmark within 24 hours).

Please note that special rules apply if have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

If you enter Denmark via a sea or land border, you must obtain a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test for COVID-19 no later than 24 hours after the time of entry. This requirement also applies for Danish citizens. Persons entering Denmark from green countries or regions are exempt from testing requirement after entry.

Persons entering Denmark will have access to facilities for PCR tests and antigen tests alike. Test stations have been established in the immediate vicinity of the border crossings, and entrants will also be able to use test stations within Denmark. Persons who establish that they have entered Denmark within the past 24 hours will, to the extent necessary required to meet the 24-hour requirement, and if possible, be afforded extra flexibility in terms of access to testing administered by Testcenter Danmark if, for example, they show up at the facility without a reservation and/or CPR number. It is not necessary to book a reservation for testing administered by the private contractors under their testing agreement with the Danish state.

The Danish Health Authority’s recommends everyone who is tested positive for COVID-19 by rapid test (antigen test) to have a follow-up PCR test performed.

If you are not covered by the general exemptions from testing (see above), you may still be exempt from the requirement to obtain a test within 24 hours of entry if you are:

  • A Danish citizen or foreigner resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit, and entering Denmark after having performed work, delivered a service or conducted classes or exams in the border region. This applies, for example, if you are resident in Copenhagen and work in Malmö. However, in order to be exempt from mandatory testing after entry, you must be able to present documentation of a negative test for COVID-19 (either rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test), which at the time of entry is no more than 72 hours old.
  • Resident in the border regions. However, in order to be exempt from mandatory testing after entry, you must be able to present documentation of a negative test for COVID-19 (either rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test), which at the time of entry is no more than 72 hours old.
  • Entering Denmark for the purpose of freight transport or after having transported freight abroad.
  • A crew member of an aircraft, train, bus or taxi, or other commercial passenger transport that requires a permit under the Danish Taxi Act.
  • Entering from Sweden after having been in transit through Sweden to or from Bornholm without having stopped in Sweden. You may not, for example, stop to purchase items in Sweden while driving through Sweden to or from Bornholm.
  • Departing from Denmark no later than 24 hours after the time of entry.

For detailed information about the exemptions, including the conditions for exemption from mandatory testing, see the “special groups of persons” section of this FAQ.

Please note that special rules apply if have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

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The exemption for medical reasons applies when the administration of a test upon arrival or after entry to Denmark may cause a person unusually severe discomfort and/or aggravation of existing disease or similar. The conditions covered by this exemption include:

Persons with certain diseases or other conditions that make it difficult or potentially harmful to perform the test, for example:

  • Persons with narrow nasal passages due to a deviated (crooked) nasal septum, nasal deformation, nasal polyps, chronic infection of the nasal passages or similar.
  • Persons with cancer or after-effects of cancer following treatment of cancer in the nose, mouth or throat area.
  • Persons with a recently broken nose or who recently underwent nose surgery.
  • Persons who may be at risk of serious bleeding, for example people in treatment with blood-thinning medicine after a heart valve operation or deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the deep veins in the leg or pelvic area), persons with a bleeding disorder or similar.
  • Persons with mental and/or cognitive impairment that makes them unable to understand or cooperate in the administration of the test.
  • Persons with mental conditions and illnesses, such as anxiety, PTSD or the like, or for whom administration of the test would feel like a traumatic violation of their personal boundaries.

If the person entering Denmark cites one of the above conditions and is thus unable to undergo a rapid test, the entrant will be instructed to isolate alone, if the person is covered by the isolation requirement, and book a PCR test as soon as possible via www.coronaprover.dk.

No documentation, such as a medical certificate, is required to substantiate a claim that a person is unable to undergo a rapid test because of one of the above conditions. If, in special cases, there is specific doubt about the justification for an exemption, the person administering the test can contact and consult the testing facility’s supervising doctor regarding the specific assessment.

PCR test or a rapid test (antigen test) centers are found in all five regions. Tests are free of charge. On coronasmitte.dk/en you will find information on where you can get tested including addresses and opening hours:

Find COVID-19 test centre (coronasmitte.dk)

Citizens with a Danish civil registration number (CPR number) and NemID can book a PCR test at coronaprover.dk, whereas booking is not required in order to get a rapid test (antigen), and one can show up without an appointment. Find information about the current waiting times at the testing sites for rapid tests on coronasmitte.dk.

Foreigners without a Danish CPR number and NemID can be tested at all PCR test stations in Region Hovedstaden (Capital Region of Denmark), Region Sjælland (Region Zealand) and Region Nordjylland (North Denmark Region).

In Region Syddanmark (Region of Southern Denmark) and Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region), foreigners can be tested at selected PCR test stations. Find more information about testing options for foreigners on www.COVID-19travelrules.dk.

Foreigners can show up without an appointment at both the PCR test stations and the rapid test stations. To obtain documentation of a PCR test result, foreigners must register at COVID-19results.dk before the test. For rapid tests (antigen), the result can be provided by text message.

Test centres at the airport

In connection with entry at the airports in Copenhagen, Billund and Aalborg, test facilities are located directly within the airport.

  • At Copenhagen Airport, the rapid test centre is located just before the border crossing checkpoint and a PCR-test spot outside the airport.
  • At Billund Airport, the rapid test centre is located just after the border crossing checkpoint in the baggage collection area. Passengers will be checked as they pass through customs before exiting the airport.
  • At Aalborg Airport, the rapid test centre is located just before the border crossing checkpoint.

More on special groups of persons

Special rules apply for certain groups of persons. The specific rules are outlined below.

Fully vaccinated persons resident in an EU or Schengen country

Fully vaccinated persons resident in an EU or Schengen country are exempt from the requirement of test and isolation after entry. This also applies to person having an EU digital COVID-19 Certificate for vaccination. This does not apply if you are travelling from or have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark.

In this context, EU or Schengen countries covers the countries that are members of the European Union or Schengen cooperation, as well as Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and the Holy See.

Fully vaccinated persons resident in a third country

Fully vaccinated persons resident in an OECD-country or in a third country that is yellow at the time of entry are exempt from the requirement of test and isolation. This does not apply if you are travelling from or have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark.

OECD-countries are countries who are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

Fully vaccinated Danish citizens

If you are a Danish citizen fully vaccinated against COVID-19, no matter in which country in the world, you are exempt from the requirement of test and isolation after entry. This does not apply if you are travelling from or have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark.

General requirements for fully vaccinated persons (applies for all)

To be considered “fully vaccinated”, the following requirements apply:

  • The vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 12 months have passed since completion of the vaccine program
  • If you have received AstraZeneca as the first dose and an mRNA vaccine (Spikevax (from Moderna) or Comirnaty (from Pfizer-BioNTech)) as the second dose, it will also be considered as a completed vaccination program.

The EMA has so far approved the following vaccines against COVID-19:

  • Pfizer BioNtech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson - Janssen Pharmaceutical (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax - before named COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, earlier COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca).

You must be able to provide relevant documentation for you vaccination. Your can use your EU Digital Covid Certificate. If not you should check whether you documentation contains the following information:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Vaccine name
  • Date of vaccination - first and second (for two dose vaccines)

If you were previously infected with COVID-19 and are thus unable to present a negative test, instead of taking a test upon arrival or after entry, you must present documentation of a positive PCR test, which is performed at least 14 days and not more than 12 months before the time of entry into Denmark.

If you previously have been infected with COVID-19, you are also exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement. This is on the condition that you are able to present documentation of a positive PCR test, which is performed at least 14 days and not more than 12 months before the time of entry into Denmark. Please note that you are not covered by this exemption if you travel into Denmark from a country or region categorized as red at the time of entry. So even if you have previously been infected with COVID-19, you are not covered by the exemption from the requirement to go into isolation if you   are travelling from or have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark.

If you are unable to present documentation of a positive test result in accordance with the above provisions, you must comply with the general rules.

The current risk assessment (color) of a specific country or region can be found via this link where green, yellow and red countries and regions are listed. The rest of the world is orange:

Country categories


 

 

The requirement for a test prior to entry (no more than 48 hours before entry) does not apply for children below the age of 16 years. Children below the age of 16 years (ie up to and including 15 years) are also exempt from the requirement for a test prior to boarding a flight to Denmark from red countries and regions.

Children under the age of 16 are exempt from the requirement for a test upon arrival or after entry into Denmark, regardless of whether they are arriving by aircraft or entering via a sea or land border. As a general rule, this implies that all persons from the age 16 and onwards must undergo a COVID-19 test when entering Denmark. Children under the age of 16 may also obtain a test, but it is not a requirement.

Children under the age of 16 are also exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement. As a general rule, this means that all persons from the age 16 and onwards must also isolate when they enter Denmark from abroad.

Children and young people in the age from 16 to 17, who travel with a fully vaccinated parent or a parent who previously have been infected with covid-19 are exempt from the isolation requirements and the test requirements. The parent with whom the child travels must fulfil the requirements for fully vaccinated persons and previously infected persons. Read about the detailed requirements under “Which rules apply if I am vaccinated?” and “Persons previously infected with COVID-19?”

Special rules apply for stipulated and agreed visitation. See more under “What does the mandatory isolation upon entry into Denmark mean for stipulated and agreed visitation with children?”.

Persons resident abroad who enter Denmark to exercise stipulated or agreed visitation with a child may temporarily break isolation to perform the visitation. This means that persons do not have to isolate if the visitation starts the moment they enter into Denmark. If these persons leave Denmark immediately after the visitation, they will not have to isolate after the visitation either. However, persons remaining in Denmark after the visitation must isolate.

It is also possible to travel from Denmark to the child’s home country or residence abroad to exercise stipulated or agreed visitation or to pick up the child for visitation in Denmark without having to isolate upon return to Denmark. The same applies in connection with entry into Denmark for persons who have accompanied the child back to the child’s home country after visitation in Denmark, or who have brought a child to visitation abroad.

Children who travel out of Denmark to exercise visitation in another country are exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement upon return to Denmark.

Children resident abroad who enter Denmark to exercise visitation are subject to slightly different rules. Children under 16 years old are generally exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement. Children between 16 and 17 years old are subject to the isolation requirement, but may temporarily interrupt the isolation to exercise visitation with family or persons in their network. This means that children between 16 and 17 years old do not have to isolate if the visitation starts the moment they enter into Denmark. If children between 16 and 17 years old leave Denmark to return home immediately after the visitation, they will not have to isolate after the visitation either. However, if children between 16 and 17 years old remain in Denmark after the visitation itself, they must isolate.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and travelling into Denmark with your spouse or romantic partner, who is vaccinated, you are exempt from the requirement of isolation after entry. However, you are not exempt from testing requirement after entry.

In order to be exempt from isolation, it is a condition that your spouse or romantic partner is considered fully vaccinated in accordance with the requirements for vaccinated persons. You can read more about the conditions and documentation requirements for fully vaccinated persons under “Which rules apply if I am vaccinated?”

In addition to the other exemptions, special rules apply in relation to the requirement of test after entry for the border regions (Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, and Blekinge, Scania, Halland and West Gothia County in Sweden).

There is no isolation requirement for persons travelling from the EU- and Schengen and thus not for the border regions.

You can read more about the applicable entry restrictions, including the mandatory negative COVID-19 test before entry:

Country categories (coronasmitte.dk)

These rules apply in addition to the rules below specifically concerning test after entry and isolation.

Persons resident in the border regions

Test requirement after entry: Persons resident in the border regions are not required to obtain a test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of entering Denmark via a sea or land border, provided that the person can present documentation of a negative rapid test (antigen) or a PCR test, which is performed no more than 72 hours before the time of entry into Denmark.

If you enter Denmark from a part of the border region that is green, you will be covered by the general exemption for testing when entering from green countries / regions. Thus, there will be no requirement for testing.

Danish citizens and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit

Test requirement after entry: Danish citizens and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit who enter Denmark after performing work, delivering services or conducted classes or exams in the border regions are exempt from the requirement of obtaining a test within 24 hours after entry via a land or sea border, provided that they can present documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained as a rapid test (antigen test) or a PCR test that is no more than 72 hours old at the time of entry.

If you enter Denmark from a part of the border region that is green, you will be covered by the general exemption for testing when entering from green countries / regions. Thus, there will be no requirement for testing.

Danish citizens and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit who enter Denmark from abroad are exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement if they can document having entered Denmark more than six times within the past 30 days, as calculated from the time of entry. The exception is only relevant if you commute to orange or red countries, ie. countries outside the EU and Schengen.

Documentation may be in the form of flight, bridge, or ferry tickets, or other documentation such as time records or the like that establish that the person has entered Denmark as required for the exemption to apply.

There are no special rules regarding testing.

Persons who are a crew member of a train, bus, taxi or other commercial passenger transport that requires a permit under the Danish Taxi Act are exempt from the requirement to obtain a test no later than 24 hours after entry into Denmark via a sea or land border. This applies regardless of whether the person in question is a Danish citizen or foreigner.

Danish citizens and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit are exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement if they enter Denmark after having performed work abroad as a crew member of a train, bus, taxi or other commercial passenger transport that requires a permit under the Danish Taxi Act. It is a requirement that these persons at the request of police are able to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, which, at the time of entry, is no more than seven days old. In addition to the above requirement, crew members of ships, offshore workers and maritime technicians will also be permitted to present a rapid (antigen) test that is no more than seven days to be exempted form the isolation requirement.

Foreigners resident abroad will be required to isolate when not performing a function as a crew member of a train, bus, ship, taxi or other commercial passenger transport that requires a permit under the Danish Taxi Act. The isolation may be temporarily interrupted in order to attend and perform work, and the isolation requirement does not apply if the person leaves Denmark.

Please note that in any case you will be exempt from isolation after entry if you travel into Denmark from green or yellow countries or regions. However, special rules apply if you have have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

Persons who enter Denmark for the purpose of freight transport are exempt from the test requirement. This applies to both the requirement to present a negative test* before entry and the requirement to obtain a test in connection with entry. This applies both to persons who are and who are not resident in Denmark.

Persons who are not resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit are required to isolate when not performing freight transport work. If you enter into Denmark after commencing the freight transport from a country or region, which is green or yellow** at the time of departure, you are not required to isolate when entering into Denmark. However, it is a condition that you, during your trip to Denmark, have not had a significant stay (with the exception of hours of rest as stipulated in regulations related to your profession) in countries or regions that are not green or yellow. 

Persons with Danish citizenship or foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit who enter Denmark after completing freight transport abroad are exempt from the isolation requirement, provided they can present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 that is no more than seven days old at the time entry. If the person in question is unable to present a negative test that is no more than seven days old at the time of entry, that person will be subject to the mandatory isolation requirement.

Drivers may isolate in the vehicle used for freight transport. The isolation may be interrupted in connection with the performance of work, to use toilet and bath facilities in the immediate vicinity of the isolation site**, to purchase food and other necessities in the immediate vicinity of the isolation site***, and to relocate to a different isolation site**. No more than two persons may isolate in one vehicle.

Note that the regular mandatory rest period of at least 45 hours must still be observed in accordance with the driving and rest time regulations.

Please note that in any case you will be exempt from isolation after entry if you travel into Denmark from green or yellow countries or regions. However, special rules apply if you have have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

*Persons entering into Denmark from red countries  are not exempted from test before entry.

**The current risk assessment (color) of a specific country or region can be found via this link where green, yellow and red countries and regions are listed. The rest of the world is orange:

Country categories

***This requires that the driver concerned has chosen to isolated himself in his vehicle used for freight transport.

Persons who are an active or passive crew member of an aircraft are exempt from the requirement to obtain a rapid test (antigen test) when arriving by an aircraft.

Aircraft crew includes, for example, pilots and cabin crew. Aircraft crew includes both active and deadhead crew.

Danish citizens and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit who are a crew member of an aircraft are exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement if they can present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 which at the time of entry is no more than seven days old.

Foreign crew members of an aircraft who are not resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit, as well as crew members who are Danish citizens resident abroad, are only exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement while performing their work, including crewrest as part of the work of a crew member on an aircraft. This implies that they isolate without undue delay if they stay in Denmark after having entered Denmark as crew members of an aircraft.

Please note that in any case you will be exempt from isolation after entry if you travel into Denmark from green or yellow countries or regions. However, special rules apply if you have have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

Danish citizens resident in Denmark and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit who perform particularly critical and urgent functions and who have had significant reasons for being abroad are subject to the mandatory isolation requirement, but they may temporarily interrupt the isolation if they must attend the workplace in person or travel abroad to perform especially critical and urgent functions.

This includes, for example, persons who are essential for maintaining critical infrastructure, authority functions or other societal functions, including utilities, the exercise of public authority and governance.

These groups of persons will thus be required to isolate after entry, but they may temporarily interrupt the isolation to perform an especially critical and urgent function if the travel abroad has been necessary and if their function requires their physical attendance in the workplace.

Note that these groups of persons may also be subject to other specific exemptions.

Please note that in any case you will be exempt from isolation after entry if you travel into Denmark from green or yellow countries or regions. However, special rules apply if you have have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

Persons resident in Denmark

If you are a Danish citizen or a foreigner with a Danish residence permit entering Denmark after having been on a business or duty travel abroad (for example to be in a business meeting or to provide goods or services) you are exempt from the requirement to undergo isolation after entry.

It is a condition that your business or duty travel abroad does not include an element of holiday. If you travel to an orange coloured region or country on business, but the travel includes an element of holiday, you will have to go into isolation after entering into Denmark.

Please note that, special rules apply if you have have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

Persons resident abroad

Foreigners resident abroad who enter Denmark to participate in a business meeting are exempt from the requirement of isolation. If you are entering Denmark for work, to deliver services or similar, you are only exempt from isolation while performing your work or while delivering services etc. This means that you must undergo isolation when not performing such tasks or travel out of Denmark.

The current risk assessment (color) of a specific country or region can be found via this link where green, yellow and red countries and regions are listed. The rest of the world is orange:

Country categories

Please note that in any case you will be exempt from isolation after entry if you travel into Denmark from green or yellow countries or regions. However, special rules apply if you have have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

 

 

 

Danish citizens resident in Denmark and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit are exempt from the requirement to isolate after entry if they are crew members of a ship, offshore workers or maritime technicians.

This means, for example, that a Danish citizen resident in Denmark or a foreigner resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit who is a crew member of a ship, offshore worker or maritime technician who enters Denmark after having worked or performing a function of this nature abroad is not required to isolate if that person can document a negative rapid (antigen) test or PCR test for COVID-19 that is no more than seven days old at the time of entry into Denmark.

Danish citizens resident abroad and foreigners who are not resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit are subject to the mandatory isolation requirement after entering Denmark for the purpose of working on a Danish drilling platform. Offshore workers resident abroad may temporarily interrupt the isolation on a daily basis to perform their work. Outside of working hours they must resume the isolation.

Persons subject to the mandatory isolation requirement who enter Denmark from abroad in order to perform functions as crew member of a ship, offshore worker or maritime technician may break the isolation after obtaining a negative rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test taken no earlier than the fourth day after the time of entry into Denmark.

Please note that in any case you will be exempt from isolation after entry if you travel into Denmark from green or yellow countries or regions. However, special rules apply if you have have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

Find COVID-19 test center

There are no special rules for diplomats regarding testing. As a general rule, this means that diplomats must obtain testing according to the rules for entry by aircraft or via sea and land borders.

There are certain exemptions from the mandatory isolation requirement:

Persons resident abroad

Diplomats, including holders of diplomatic passports, official passports or service passports, are covered by the mandatory isolation requirement upon entry, but they may temporarily interrupt the isolation if they are entering Denmark to perform tasks pursuant to their office.

Persons resident in Denmark

Danish citizens and foreigners resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit are exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement if they enter Denmark on a diplomat passport, official passport or service passport, or otherwise have performed a function abroad as an envoy of state. 

Learn more about applicable entry restrictions, comprising requirements to a negative COVID-19 test prior to your entry (indsæt link). These rules apply in addition to the following which is solely about the rules related to requirement of test upon arrival or after entry as well as requirements to isolation.

Test requirement upon arrival in or after entry into Denmark

According to the rules applicable for persons arriving in Denmark from yellow, orange or red countries and regions, they shall as a general rule take a test upon arrival or after entry. Persons arriving by plane must, as a general rule, take a rapid test (antigen test) at the airport, whereas passengers entering Denmark via sea or land border must take a rapid test (antigen test) or a PCR test no later than 24 hours after their entry into Denmark. These requirements also apply to professional athletes and persons supporting the athlete in his sporting practice.

Isolation requirement for Danes and persons resident in Denmark

Professional athletes and persons supporting the athlete in his or hers sporting practice, such as e.g. a coach or physiotherapist, who enter Denmark after having participated in a championship, a competition, a training camp or similar in orange countries are exempt from isolation.

It is a condition that your trip abroad does not include an element of holiday. Please also note that, special rules apply if you have have stayed in a red country or region 10 days before entering Denmark. Read more under “What if I have stayed in a red country/region?”

Isolation requirement for persons resident abroad

As a general rule, persons entering into Denmark from orange and red countries or regions shall upon entry and without undue delay isolate at a isolation site for 10 days and, as a general rule, he or she is not be permitted to leave the quarantine accommodation before the expiry of this period. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule which for instance facilitates the temporary interruption of the isolation for persons with permanent residence abroad having entered into Denmark to provide a service.

Isolation requirement for persons resident abroad

As a general rule, persons entering into Denmark from orange and red countries or regions shall upon entry and without undue delay isolate at a isolation site for 10 days and, as a general rule, he or she is not be permitted to leave the quarantine accommodation before the expiry of this period. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule which for instance facilitates the temporary interruption of the isolation for persons with permanent residence abroad having entered into Denmark to provide a service.

With respect to championship matches, competitions or similar to take place in Denmark and to be attended by professional athletes and essential operational or support staff without permanent residence in Denmark,

Professional athletes and persons supporting the athletes in their sporting practice participating in championships, competitions or similar are considered as a service provided for e.g. an organiser of a match, a tv station or the similar.

This means that for instance foreign national and club teams shall be entitled to the temporary interruption of their isolation for the purpose of participating in matches against Danish national teams and clubs in championships, competitions and similar, comprising training activities linked with their participation in a championship, competition or similar, that take place in Denmark. This shall not, however, apply to other training activities or the participation in friendly matches and practice matches, training camps, and other activities taking place in Denmark, that are not considered a service provided.

After participation in championship matches, competitions and the similar taking place in Denmark, professional athletes and essential operational or support staff shall, without undue delay, resume isolation at the isolation site. In the event that professional athletes and essential operational or support staff for instance isolate at a Danish hotel, it will be possible for teammates, coaches, staff, etc. to isolate by more persons sharing the same room.

The mandatory isolation may be prematurely broken after obtaining a negative PCR test taken no earlier than the fourth day after entry into Denmark.

 

If you are a mobile workers travelling to Denmark, you may temporarily interrupt the isolation to perform your work as an employee, employer or self-employed person. Outside of working hours, you must remain in isolation. You are also subject to the test requirements before and upon arrival and after entry.

Mobile workers are workers who cross the border into Denmark in order to work and possibly to live temporarily in Denmark. This applies no matter the duration of stay and the nature of the work.

If you employ mobile workers travelling to Denmark as an employer, there is a special requirement that, as employer, you must ensure that your employees are PCR tested for COVID-19 no earlier than 48 hours and no later than 120 hours after the employee in question tested negative for COVID-19 before entering Denmark. Similarly, as an employer or self-employed person without employees entering Denmark to work, you must obtain a PCR test for COVID-19 no earlier than 48 hours and no later than 120 hours after you tested negative for COVID-19 prior to entering Denmark. The Danish Working Environment Authority is authorised to conduct inspections to ensure compliance with these rules.

Persons who obtained a negative test for COVID-19 in accordance with the rules in “Bekendtgørelse om pligt til at sikre covid-19-test af tilrejsende arbejdskraft efter indrejse i Danmark” (“Executive order on the the legal requirement to ensure COVID-19 testing of mobile workers after entry into Denmark”) are not subject to the mandatory isolation requirement when the test has been obtained in accordance with the executive order.

Executive order on the the legal requirement to ensure COVID-19 testing of mobile workers after entry into Denmark (retsinformation.dk)

This entails, that when you are a mobile worker travelling to Denmark, you are required to isolate, but you can interrupt the isolation after having obtained a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 48 hours and no later than 120 hours after you tested negative for COVID-19 before entry into Denmark.

Please note that in many cases there is no requirement for testing. You can read more about the rules and requirements in connection with inspections at the website of the:

Danish Working Environment Authority

Other questions

If you test positive in the airport, you will be guided via an exit to a PCR testing facility at the airport, where an additional PCR test will be administered to determine whether you are infected with a particular virus variant.

After this additional PCR test is taken, you will be offered transport by the test supplier to your isolation facility. Many people choose to isolate in their own home, but if you are unable to maintain a sufficient distance from others in your household, for example because your home is very small or members of your household are at increased risk of serious illness if they are infected with COVID-19, you may be referred by your municipality to a voluntary isolation stay outside your home.

Stays at a municipal isolation facility are available through referral by the municipality. Call your municipality for more information about your options, or read more on your municipality’s website. If you do not live in Denmark, you can contact the municipality in which you are staying to learn more about the options for referral to a voluntary isolation facility.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival or after entry into Denmark must isolate even if they belong to one of the groups of persons who would otherwise be exempt from mandatory isolation. If you have a positive test for COVID-19, you will also be barred from temporarily breaking your isolation even if it is for a worthy purpose. However, you may break your isolation to seek necessary treatment in the health service, including in connection with testing. When breaking your isolation to seek treatment, you should observe the applicable recommendations to limit the spread of infection.

Read more about the general guidelines on the website of the Danish Health Authority (sst.dk)

The rules below are specifically referring to the mandatory test requirement upon arrival or after entry into Denmark. Please note that a requirement for test before entry may apply.

Transit in airports

The testing requirement for persons arriving in Denmark from abroad by aircraft do not apply for persons who are only travelling via Denmark in transit, and who stay within the transit areas in the relevant airport. This implies that persons travelling via Denmark in transit with the purpose of travelling to a country abroad are exempted from the test requirement in the airport.

If you are arriving at a Danish airport from a yellow, orange or red country or region, and have to take a flight to another Danish airport, you must be tested at the first airport you arrive at. This means, for example, that you must be tested at Copenhagen Airport if you arrive in Copenhagen with a plane from Turkey and you have to continue your trip with a flight to Aalborg Airport. At Copenhagen Airport, there is a separate test center inside the airport for passengers arriving for yellow countries. Transit via sea or land borders

Persons entering Denmark from abroad via a sea or land border are not subject to the requirement to obtain a test within 24 hours after entry if they leave Denmark within 24 hours.

Transit through Sweden to or from Bornholm

Persons entering Denmark from Sweden after having been in transit through Sweden to or from Bornholm and without stopping in Sweden are not subject to the requirement to obtain a test within 24 hours after entry via a sea or land border.

Also note that Sweden may have rules which, for example, require testing when entering Sweden from Denmark. You should refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s travel advice for Sweden before you travel.

The requirements for testing upon arrival and after entry and mandatory isolation apply provisionally until and including 31 October 2021. Please be aware that the rules can continually be adjusted. If you are planning to travel to Denmark from abroad, please always keep yourself updated on the newest rules.

Persons travelling from Greenland and the Faroe Islands to Denmark are not subject to requirements for testing and isolation after entry.

Violation of the mandatory testing and isolation rules is punishable by fine.

You may be fined if you violate the requirement to obtain a test.

You may also be fined for violating the requirement that, as a person entering Denmark, you must, without undue delay, isolate at an isolation site for 10 days and may not leave the isolation site before the end of the 10-day period.

The fine will generally be levied in the amount of DKK 3,500 for first-time offences and may increase in the event of repeat offences.

If you are in isolation only because of your entry into Denmark, you will not be entitled to sickness benefit. This is because, in such a situation, you are not considered unable to work due to your own illness. Your employer will also not be entitled to reimbursement of sickness benefit.

If you are in isolation because you are infected with covid-19, or because you are in close contact with a person who is infected, you are considered incapacitated for work due to your own illness. Thus, you can be entitled to sickness benefits if you meet the other conditions of the Sickness Benefits Act.

If your employer pays wages during sick leave, your employer will be entitled to reimbursement of sickness benefits after 30 days of sick leave.

If you have shopped at e.g. the German border in Schleswig Holstein, you may subject to test requirement after entry if Schleswig Holstein is yellow at the time of entry into Denmark.

Please note that depending on the circumstances, you may be exempt from the requirements according to the rules for special groups of persons, for instance if you live in Denmark and enter Denmark after the completion of your work performance, the delivery of your service, conducted classes or exams provided that you can present a negative test which, at the time of entry, is no more than 72 hours’ old. Read more in the “special groups of persons” section of this FAQ.

 

You can use public transport to get to your isolation site e.g. own home. You must wear a facemask or visor during transport if you use public transport to get to your isolations site, and you should take care to comply with the general recommendations to prevent the spread of infection, including the recommendation on physical distancing from others. Furthermore, you should not make use of public transport if you are ill or assume that you are infected.

If you test positive in the airport, you will be offered transport to your isolation site. The specifics of this service will vary from airport to airport.

Persons with a Danish civil registration number (CPR) or administrative CPR number can collect and print test results at sundhed.dk.

Persons without a Danish CPR number and NemID, who needs to prove that they are PCR tested, can use covidresults.dk.

Before testing is possible, creation of a profile on covidresults.dk is required. Afterwards, testing can be conducted at a mobile or permanent test station where you show the "Foreigner ID" – a unique ID number – provided by covidresults.dk. You can show up without an appointment. Subsequently, you can collect and print proof of vaccination on the website.

Link to instructions on how to use covidresults.dk:

Documentation for COVID-19 test for those without NemID (pdf)

Updated: 3 July 2021

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