Foreigners habitually resident abroad

Here you will find information about the documents required as proof of a negative COVID-19 test as well as the worthy purposes recognised to enter Denmark if you are habitually resident abroad, are not a Danish national or do not hold a valid residence permit for Denmark.

Foreigners habitually resident abroad can enter Denmark if they have a worthy purpose and a certificate providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The test must have been taken no more than 24 hours before entry. Special rules apply to foreigners resident in a border region.

 

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

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

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

Please note that all persons, including Danish nationals and foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a valid residence permit for Denmark, and who enter Denmark by plane must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before they board the plane.

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

You will find information about testing requirements in connection with entry into Denmark below under 'Proof of a negative COVID-19 test required'.

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.

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.

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

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test required

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

The name of the tested person, 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 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.

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.

Download declaration of negative COVID-19 test (PDF - English)

Requirement for testing time

It is a condition that you can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

Exemptions

Foreigners who are habitually resident in a border region (Schleswig-Holstein, Scania, Halland, Blekinge or West Gothia) and have a worthy purpose of entry are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry.

Like everybody else, foreigners who are habitually resident in a border region and do not have a worthy purpose of entry are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

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

Further, 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:

  • 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 but 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. 

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

Worthy purposes of entry into Denmark

If you are a resident abroad, you can enter Denmark if:

Work, business etc.

You can enter Denmark if you have a job in Denmark or are a self-employed person working in Denmark, including if you work as a professional artist or athlete.

You can enter Denmark if you have a valid work permit for Denmark. The same applies if you have not yet used your work permit and the purpose of entering Denmark is to work.

Relevant documents

A valid employment contract from an employer in Denmark - it may be combined with your most recent pay slip as proof that you are still employed.

If you have a work permit, you are advised to present it together with a valid employment contract.

If you are a self-employed person, you are advised to present proof in the form of a certificate of incorporation.

If you are a professional artist or athlete, you must be able to present proof of the working relationship and of the time and place of the work, such as an email or other written agreement on the performance of the work. Further, you must bring the contact details of a relevant contact person for the meeting/work in Denmark who can confirm the information provided by you.

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.

Note

If you enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight, are exempted from the test requirement. Except if you are residing in South Africa, in which case, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry

If you enter Denmark as an air crew member (whether on or off duty) after having performed your job or having undertaken such function abroad and are in transit, you are exempted from the test requirement. 

If you are a crew member 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, you are exempted from the test requirement. 

Volunteer work is not considered a worthy purpose of entering Denmark.

You can enter Denmark for the purpose of attending a critical business meeting as part of your job.

Relevant documents

You must be able to present evidence, such as an email, of the time and place of the meeting/work. In addition, you must be able to present documentation from a company/business partner confirming that you need to enter Denmark to attend the meeting.

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 enter Denmark if you are to perform services or transport goods into or out of Denmark, including if you are to transport goods out of Denmark in your private car for business purposes.

Relevant documents

One of the following documents:

  • Proof of the transaction in the form of an invoice, a receipt, a purchase agreement or the like.
  • Receipt for registration in the Register of Foreign Service Providers (Registret for Udenlandske Tjenesteydere), RUT. The receipt must be reforwarded by the employer to the employee.
  • Proof of social security (PD A1) in connection with work in another EU/EEA country issued by the authorities in the country of origin of the employer/the self-employed person.
     

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.

Note

If you enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight, you are exempt from the requirement to take a test - except if you are habitually resident in South Africa, in which case, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

You can also enter Denmark if you are an aircraft crew member, a diplomat, an offshore worker or belong to another category of persons mentioned in Annex VII of the Schengen Borders Code.

You can enter Denmark if you are a seaman signing on or off in Denmark in connection with a crew change. However, you can only sign off from a cruise liner or a passenger ship with room for more than 100 passengers with the approval of the Epidemic Commission.

If you are a seaman on a cargo ship or on a small passenger ship (with room for 100 passengers or less), you can go ashore to exercise your right to shore leave. The general conditions applicable to the right to shore leave must be observed. If you are a seaman on a large passenger ship with room for more than 100 passengers, you can only go ashore with the approval of the Epidemic Commission.

Relevant documents

Confirmation from your employer of where and when you are to sign on or off.

Proof of your business in Denmark, your employment contract and possibly a document confirming that you are travelling for business purposes.

If you are a diplomat, you must show your diplomatic passport and proof that you are travelling as an official of the state.

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.

If you enter Denmark as an air crew member (whether on or off duty) after having performed your job or having undertaken such function abroad and are in transit, you are exempted from the test requirement. 

If you are a crew member 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, you are exempted from the test requirement. 

If you are habitually resident in South Africa and are a ship crew member, an offshore worker or a maritime technician, you can only travel through Denmark in transit on your homebound journey.

Private matters

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, grandparent, stepgrandparent, child, stepchild, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, grandchild or stepgrandchild of a Danish national resident in or permanently staying in Denmark or of a foreigner resident in Denmark.

The relationship must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person. Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

Relevant documents

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. You are also advised to bring a copy of the health insurance card of the person resident in Denmark. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

Download (english) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry (PDF)

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

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.

Children up to and including the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, child or stepchild of a person sent by a state and you hold a diplomatic passport or similar document confirming the relationship.

Relevant documents

You must be able to substantiate the relationship with the person sent by a state, for example by means of a diplomatic passport. 

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.

Children up to and including the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

 

You can enter Denmark for the purpose of having parenting time with minors.

Relevant documents

Your children's certificates of birth or baptism or your diplomatic passport from your your family relationship appears and copies of your children's health insurance cards.  

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 enter Denmark if you are the primary caregiver of minors living in Denmark, such as a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family.

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the authorities that you are the primary caregiver of the children and copies of the children's health insurance cards.

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 enter Denmark if you want to visit a seriously ill or dying person in Denmark. The spouse, live-in partner, sweetheart, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, siblings, stepsiblings, parents, stepparents, grandparents, stepgrandparents, parents-in-law and children-in-law of a seriously ill or dying person can normally enter Denmark.

The relationship between sweethearts must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person.

Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the relevant healthcare professional passed on to you with the sick person's consent. Moreover, evidence of the family relationship must be provided. This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc.

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc.

The nature and duration of a relationship between sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

Download (english) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry (PDF)

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

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.

Children up to and including the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are to participate in the imminent birth of your child with the consent of the mother-to-be. Normally, you can enter Denmark three weeks prior to the due date.

Relevant documents

As proof of the upcoming birth and your parental connection to that child you are advised to present a copy of the maternity record and a letter of consent from the mother-to-be stating that she acknowledges that you are the parent-to-be of the child and that she wants you to participate in the birth of the child.

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 enter Denmark if you are to continue treatment at a Danish healthcare institution.

In this context, treatment at a private hospital is considered the same as treatment at a public hospital.

Relevant documents

A notice from the healthcare institution.

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.

Children up to and including the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are to attend a funeral or burial of immediate family members.

An 'immediate family member' is defined as a person's spouse, live-in partner, fiancé(e), regular partner, parent, stepparent, grandparent, stepgrandparent, child, foster child, stepchild, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, grandchild, stepgrandchild, parent-in-law, or child-in-law. 

The relationship must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person. Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

Relevant documents

You are advised to present a letter of confirmation from the undertager, the church office or the chapel of rest verifying that they are handling the funeral. In addition, you must present documentation for your relation.

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. You are also advised to bring a copy of the health insurance card of the person resident in Denmark. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

Download (english) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry (PDF)

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

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.

Children up to and including the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Denmark.

Legal matters etc.

You can enter Denmark if you are to participate in legal proceedings or you have been summoned to an interview or a meeting with the police or another public authority in a case in which the relevant authority finds it necessary to conduct an interview or a meeting in person.

Relevant documents

You must present the letter of summons from the court or a document from the public authority confirming that you are to attend an interview or a meeting in person.

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)