Foreigners habitually resident in a border region

Here you will find guidelines for Danish nationals and foreigners resident in Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and in the provinces of Blekinge, Scania, Halland and West Gothia in Sweden as well as the documents required for entry both with and without a worthy purpose.

Personen mit dauerhaftem Wohnsitz in einer Grenzregion

Stricter rules on entry for travellers from the border regions as of 17 February 2021

Danish nationals habitually resident in a border region can enter Denmark regardless of the intended purpose of their entry and without presenting a negative COVID-19 test.

However, 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.

 

Proof of negative COVID-19 test required

Foreigners who are habitually resident in border region (Schleswig-Holstein, southern Sweden (the provinces of Blekinge and Scania) and western Sweden (the provinces of Halland and 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.

Children up to and including the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Denmark. Foreigners who are habitually resident in a border region and do not have a worthy purpose can still enter Denmark without a worthy purpose, but they have to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

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 in a border region if there is any doubt about the validity of the test certificate.

Download declaration of negative COVID-19 test

Requirement for time of test

If you have a worthy purpose, you must present a test certificate providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 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 Friday at 4.00 pm. After Friday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

If you do not have a worthy purpose, you must show a test certificate providing 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

The requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test does not apply to persons falling within one or several of the groups below:

  • Foreigners who enter in connection with the transportation of freight unless they are habitually resident in the United Kingdom or 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 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

You can enter Denmark if you are to undertake an unpaid traineeship in Denmark and you are enrolled at an institution of further education under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

You can find the worthy purposes for entry into Denmark on this site. 

Relevant documents

You must be able to provide evidence that you are enrollment as an active student at an institution of higher education under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

You must also be able to provide evidence that you are to undertake an unpaid traineeship in Denmark. Finally, you must be able to provide evidence that you are resident in a border region. 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 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 Friday at 4.00 pm. After Friday 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)