Persons who want to transit through Denmark

Here you will find information about the applicable guidelines for foreigners travelling though Denmark in transit

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

See the list of countries here

Special rules apply for foreigners habitually resident in a border region

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

Special rules apply for foreigners who are vaccinated

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

You must comply with various requirements to be considered fully vaccinated. See below.

Read more about exemptions from the testing and isolation requirement upon entry into Denmark

The following requirements must be complied with to be considered fully vaccinated: 

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

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

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

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

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

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Target disease/vaccination against
  • Name of vaccine
  • Status of vaccination
  • Date of vaccination – date of first and second doses (if a second dose is required)

Children and young people under the age of 18 who enter Denmark together with a parent who is fully vaccinated are exempt from the requirement to have a worthy purpose to be allowed to enter Denmark together with a parent.

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

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

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

Read more about the requirements to take a test and to isolate upon entry into Denmark

Read more about the requirement to take a test before boarding a plane

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

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

Other rules you also need to be aware of

Test and isolation upon entry

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

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

Requirement on test when travelling by air to Denmark

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

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

Entry into Denmark in general

Valid travel ID

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

Travel ID

Other relevant documents

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

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

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

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

Entry and disembarkation for passengers and crew members on board cruise ships and other passenger ships which have room for more than 100 passengers and which do not operate a regular service with regular arrivals and departures to/from Danish ports must obtain special permission from the Epidemic Commission or anyone else authorised by the Commission, see Executive Order No. 1708 of 27 November 2020 on the prohibition of disembarkation from cruise ships etc. in connection with the handling of COVID-19.

 

Applicable entry restrictions when transiting through Denmark

Foreigners habitually resident in yellow countries

 

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

Foreigners habitually resident in orange countries

 

Orange EU and Schengen countries

Foreigners habitually resident in orange EU and Schengen countries can enter Denmark with proof of a negative COVID-19 test irrespective of the purpose of their entry.

Orange countries outside EU and Schengen

Foreigners habitually resident in orange countries outside of EU or Schengen can travel through Denmark in transit if they have a worthy purpose outside Denmark or they are going on holiday outside Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland or as part of a homebound journey. Read more below. This applies regardless of your means of transport into and out of Denmark. When travelling through Denmark you must also be able to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry.

The United Kingdom

Foreigners habitually resident in the United Kingdom can travel through Denmark in transit for one of the above (and below) mentioned purposes and if they are able to present proof of a negative PCR-testThe test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before the time of entry.

Border regions

Foreigners habitually resident in a border region can travel through Denmark irrespective of the purpose of their entry. However, the must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the time of entry.

 

Read more about the test requirement and exemptions below. 

Transit and relevant documentation

You can transit through Denmark for the purpose of going on holiday outside Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, but the transit should be made without undue delay. This also applies to holidays in private homes or privately let summerhouses.

Relevant documents

Proof of your holiday stay in the country to which you are going, such as the booking confirmation for a summerhouse or a hotel.

If you are staying in a private home, you must show confirmation that you have borrowed the home or an agreement for private accommodation. The documents must contain information about the location of the home and contact details for the person(s) entering Denmark and the person(s) letting or lending the home.

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

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

You can travel through Denmark (transit) if you have a worthy purpose outside Denmark. The transit should be made without undue delay. This applies regardless of your habitual residence and your means of transport.

Relevant documents

 

See the worthy purposes and relevant documentation

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

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

You can transit through Denmark as a natural part of your homebound journey.

This applies both if you travel to your country of residence and if you travel to your country of origin.

The transit must be made without undue delay in Denmark.

Relevant documents

A relevant official document stating your address, including country, and a passport or another valid photo ID.

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

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

Foreigners habitually resident in red countries

 

Foreigners habitually resident in red countries cannot travel through Denmark in transit, but can only enter Denmark with a special worthy purpose. 

Read more about the stricter rules applying to foreigners habitually resident in red countries

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

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

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

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

Valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test can be:

  • a certificate issued by a health services provider.
  • a certificate filled in and signed by a healthcare professional.
  • a certificate filled in and signed by a person who has been trained, appointed and authorised to supervise swabbing and the processing of swabs in connection with supervised COVID-19 antigen testing within fields like the educational sector in Denmark.

A COVID-19 test certificate filled in by the person tested or a close relative is not valid. Therefore, home test kits available in supermarkets and other shops will not be recognised as valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

The name of the person tested, the time of the test and the name of the issuer of the certificate must appear clearly from the certificate.

The test must not be inconclusive (inconclusive means that the test did not provide a clear result or that the analysis was void).

At this point, no specific type of negative COVID-19 test is required. The test must show whether a person is infected with the novel coronavirus. This means that both PCR tests and antigen tests are accepted in connection with entry into Denmark, whereas antibody tests do not meet the requirement. Supervised home tests, including those used for children, pupils and students, also meet the requirement. By contrast, home tests kits available in supermarkets and taken by the individual him or herself do not meet the requirements. 

The police will refuse entry to foreigners habitually resident abroad if there is any doubt about the validity of the test certificate.

You are free to use the certificate form below, which meets the above requirements.

Certificate of negative COVID-19 test

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

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

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

  • Children up to and including the age of 14. 
  • Foreigners who enter in connection with the transportation of freight.
  • Foreigners who enter Denmark as air crew members (whether on or off duty) after having performed their job or having undertaken such function abroad and are in transit.
  • Foreigners who are crew members on trains, buses, ships, taxis or any other commercial passenger transportation vehicle operating under permission of the Danish Taxi Act (taxiloven) and are in transit.
  • Foreigners who enter Denmark in emergency vehicles on duty.*
  • Foreigners who can present a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 14 days but no more than 180 days before the time of entry as the person is no longer assumed to be contagious. The reason for such positive test result is deemed to be inactive viral RNA fragments. The same requirements apply to the positive test certificate as for the negative test certificate. Read more above. 
  • If you transit through Denmark, but you do not enter Denmark, for example if you are in airport transit and you do not leave the transit area, you are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to Denmark. However, you are not exempted from the test requirement for people arriving to Denmark by plane. 

*Please note that foreigners who enter Denmark in 'retired' emergency vehicles used for graduation truck rides, vintage car rides, hobby purposes etc. are not exempt from the testing requirement. 

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

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

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

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

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Hotlines to the authorities

The Joint Danish Authorities hotline answers questions regarding coronavirus and restrictions in general caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. However, please call the Arrivals' hotline if have questions regarding entry into Denmark.

Telephone: (+45) 7020 0233

Hotline opening hours

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

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

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

Telephone: +45 7020 6044

Hotline opening hours

Monday-Wednesday 08.00-16.00 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Thursday 08.00-15.00 (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Friday 08.00-14.00 (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

 

NB! The hotline currently receives many calls concerning the tracking and tracing of close contacts. To avoid wait time, we recommend that you call later.
 
If you are infected with COVID-19 or if you are a close contact

Call +45 3232 0511
Opening hours: All days 08.00 am to 10.00 pm.

If you see that we have called or if you have received a message from us, please return our call.

The Citizens Service Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only answers questions in relation to travelling out of Denmark and the ministry's travel advice.

Telephone: +45 3392 1112 
Email: [email protected]

Hotline opening hours

The line is always open.

Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot answer any questions related to entering or transiting through Denmark, nor about worthy purposes. Such questions can be addressed on the arrivals hotline of the Danish police.