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

The Danish travel restrictions classify all countries and regions around the world into four categories: green, yellow, orange and red. These colour categories determine which rules apply to you on your arrival in Denmark. The rules also depend on whether you are travelling on a negative test, whether you have been vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19, on your country of residence, where you are travelling from and where you have spent the past 10 days. The rules also apply if you are returning to Denmark following a trip abroad.

Updated: 14 August 2021

All countries and regions in the world are categorised into four categories: green, yellow, orange and red. Countries and regions are classified weekly on the basis of the prevailing health situation in each individual country and region.  See the list of countries here:

Categorization of countries

The Danish corona passport app is the Danish version of the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate which can be used in different countries. However, you should continue to observe other travel rules in place.

 

If you are travelling on a negative test

The travel restrictions for people travelling on a negative test depend primarily on your country of residence and where you are travelling from. There is no requirement for tourists arriving from green and yellow countries in the EU and Schengen Area, as well as those arriving from yellow third countries, to have a worthy purpose for entry to Denmark or to otherwise isolate on arrival.

Travel restrictions for people who are not vaccinated and who have not previously been infected with COVID-19

 
  GREEN YELLOW ORANGE RED
                                                                                                     
Test required after entry
No

Yes

Yes Yes
Isolation required after entry
No No Yes Yes
Foreigners required to have a worthy purpose for entry to Denmark
No No Yes Yes
(short list)
Foreigners required to take test prior to entry to Denmark (EU Digital COVID Certificate)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

If you are travelling and are fully vaccinated

The travel restrictions for people travelling on the basis that they are fully vaccinated depend on whether you fulfil the Danish conditions for being classified as fully vaccinated.

In Denmark, you are considered to be fully vaccinated once you have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and at least two weeks and no more than twelve months have elapsed since you completed your course of vaccination. It is also a requirement that you are able to document this through the presentation of a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, or by documenting that your permanent residence is in an EU or Schengen country, or in Andorra, San Marino, Monaco, the Vatican City, an OECD member state (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands) or in a yellow third country.

You must be able to present relevant documentation that you have been vaccinated. If you have the EU digital covid certificate for vaccination, you can show that. If not, you should check if your vaccine certificate contains the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine name
  • Effective date - time for 1st and 2nd vaccination (for a vaccination courses where 2nd dose is required)

Danish citizens, including Danish expats, who are able to document that they have completed a course of vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine – regardless of in which country the vaccination was administered – will be considered to be fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated people are exempt from the requirements to be tested and isolate on arrival in Denmark unless they have been in a red country/region during the 10 days preceding their arrival.

Travel restrictions for people who are fully vaccinated*

Travel restrictions for people who have been fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine and who are Danish citizens or are from an EU or Schengen country, Andorra, San Marino, Monaco, the Vatican City, an OECD member state or a yellow third country.

 
  GREEN YELLOW ORANGE RED
                                                                                                     
Test required after entry
No No No ** Yes
Isolation required after entry
No No No ** Yes
Foreigners required to have a worthy purpose for entry to Denmark
No No No ** Yes
(shortlist)
Foreigners required to take test prior to entry to Denmark (EU Digital COVID Certificate)
No No No** Yes

* Includes only persons who have been vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine and are residents in EU and Schengen countries, OECD countries or "yellow" third countries, and Danish citizens who have been vaccinated abroad.

** Applies only to fully vaccinated from OECD countries and "yellow" third countries. Vaccinated persons from non-OECD countries must have a worthy purpose and be able to present a negative test, which has been performed no more than 48 (antigen) or 72 (PCR) hours prior to the time of entry, in order to be allowed entry into Denmark.

 

If you are travelling having been previously infected with COVID-19

The travel restrictions for people travelling on the basis that they have been previously infected with COVID-19 primarily depend on where your permanent residence is, where you are travelling from and where you have spent the past 10 days, and whether you meet the criteria for being covered by the rules applicable to people previously infected with COVID-19. People previously infected with COVID-19 must therefore be able to present documentation showing a positive PCR test taken at least 14 days and no more than twelve months prior to the time of entry in order to be eligible.

For further details on whether you are considered to have been previously infected with COVID-19 and on how this can be documented are available here: 

FAQs about rules applicable to entry to Denmark

 

Travel restrictions for people travelling who have previously been infected with COVID-19

 
  GREEN YELLOW ORANGE RED
                                                                                                     
Test required after entry
No No No No
Isolation required after entry
No No No Yes
Foreigners required to have a worthy purpose for entry to Denmark
No No Yes Yes
(short list)
Foreigners required to take test prior to entry to Denmark
No No No No

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.

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