Danish nationals and foreigners who are resident in or have a residence permit for Denmark

Here you will find guidelines for Danish nationals and foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a valid residence permit for Denmark and the relevant documents required for entry.

Danish nationals can enter Denmark regardless of the intended purpose of their entry and without presenting a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their country of habitual residence. Foreigners who are habitually resident in or have a valid residence permit for Denmark can also enter Denmark regardless of the intended purpose of their entry and without presenting a negative COVID-19 test.

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

Relevant documentation

As a Danish national you can always enter Denmark regardless of your habitual residence and the purpose of your entry.

Relevant documents

Danish passport as proof of nationality.

You can enter Denmark if you are residing in Denmark (as a general rule, this means you should be registered as a resident in Denmark with the Danish authorities).

Relevant documents

Valid passport, health insurance card, residence permit, residence card, EU registration certificate or personal identification document with proof of address.

You can enter Denmark if you hold a valid residence permit to Denmark.

Relevant documents

Valid residence permit or residence card.

Recommended procedures to prevent infection on arrival in Denmark banned countries

Expatriates are urged to follow the recommendations of the health authorities, possibly with some exceptions (see fact sheet), and to take a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before entry or to take a test in Denmark right after entry.

Fact sheet on Danish travel restrictions (in Danish, PDF)

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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.