Persons who want to transit through Denmark

You can travel through Denmark (transit) if you have a worthy purpose outside Denmark or you are going on holiday outside Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland or as part of your homebound journey. This applies regardless of your habitual residence and your means of transport into and out of Denmark.

Testing requirement prior to transit through Denmark

If you want to transit through Denmark, you must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before you enter Denmark. This also applies to foreigners who are habitually resident in a border region and want to transit through Denmark. 
 
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. 

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

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

  • Foreigners who enter in connection with the transportation of freight unless they are habitually resident in South Africa. In that case, they must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.
  • Children up to and including the age of 12.
  • 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 two weeks and no more than 12 weeks before entry are exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test 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.

*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. 

Generally, everyone who wants to enter Denmark must take a test after entry and subsequently isolate themselves for ten days. Click the link below to read more about exemptions.

Information about the testing requirement and 10-day self-isolation requirement for entering Denmark

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.

 

Special requirements for foreigners habitually resident in South Africa

As from midnight between 5 and 6 January 2021, stricter rules on entry have applied to persons habitually resident in South Africa.

Foreigners who are habitually resident in South Africa and do not have one of the following special worthy purposes of entry will not be allowed to enter Denmark, not even to be in transit. 

In addition to proof of a special worthy purpose, those persons must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

Special worthy purposes

Persons who are the primary caregivers of minors living in Denmark, such as a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family.

Persons who are to visit a seriously ill or dying family member/sweetheart in Denmark.

Persons transporting freight.

Persons who are ship crew members, offshore workers or maritime technicians and who travel through Denmark in transit on their homebound journey.

Diplomats, including similar groups of people as mentioned in points 1 and 4 of Annex VII of the Schengen Borders Code, and diplomatic couriers or persons who enter Denmark to pay a service visit to a local diplomatic mission or who are allowed to enter Denmark under a host country agreement.

You can enter Denmark if

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 24 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 24 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 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 24 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.

Hotlines to the authorities

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: bbb@um.dk

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.

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 your question is 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 am - 4 pm)
Thursday 08.00-15.00 (8 am - 3 pm)
Friday 08.00-14.00 (8 am - 2 pm)