Travel out of Denmark

Information and guidelines from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark regarding travelling out of Denmark.

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Information in English about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice in relation to coronavirus/COVID-19 can be found below.

To limit the introduction and spread of more contagious virus variants, persons entering Denmark will now be subject to mandatory testing and 10-day isolation. Read more here: 

Requirements regarding test and isolation when entering Denmark

Questions regarding entry to Denmark must be directed to the Danish Police.

Questions regarding health-related issues and coronavirus/COVID-19 should be directed to the Danish Health Authority.

The list of questions and answers below was updated on 14 May 2021.

Travelling out of Denmark

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice offers non-binding guidance on travel rules and restrictions. It is ultimately your own decision whether you choose to travel. We advise you to be alert and stay updated on the travel advice for the country that you plan to visit, as this can change depending on both new local travel restrictions and changes in the number of weekly infections. You should always follow the local authorities’ instructions.

Persons entering Denmark will now be subject to mandatory testing and 10-day isolation. Read more here:

New mandatory testing and isolation requirements

Read the travel advice for your country of interest (in Danish):

Rejsevejledninger (um.dk) 

For more information the Danish models for travel restrictions for EU and Schengen countries as well as third countries, please consult this fact sheet.

If you travel to a ‘yellow’ country or region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises you to be alert and stay updated on the travel advice for the country or region in question, as this can change depending on both new local travel restrictions and changes in the number of weekly infections.

Should you choose to travel to areas not recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you must be aware of the risks involved. Your destination may be hard to reach, and local authorities may impose restrictions at very short notice. These restrictions may include border closures, forced quarantines, cancellation of flights, etc. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot guarantee against sudden changes in the approach taken by individual countries, including the cancellation of flights.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises you to contact your insurance provider before potential departure. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also recommends that you consider your personal safety and that you stay up to date on developments via local authorities, news media, and your travel agency.

You can find up-to-date information on travel destinations at the websites of the Danish embassies (Danish only)

For guidance on precautions upon return to Denmark, please read more on coronasmitte.dk.

During your travel

If the local authority where you are located proposes or imposes quarantine, you should follow their advice. If there are suspected cases of coronavirus where you are, you may need to remain in your hotel room or accommodation for a period, move to quarantine facilities, take tests for coronavirus and, if positive in some cases, be hospitalised abroad.

In this case, you should contact your travel agency, airline, or insurance company as soon as you can.

Returning home to Denmark

Persons entering Denmark will now be subject to mandatory testing and 10-day isolation. Read more here.

 

Relevant Danish authorities have published a brochure that provides answers to common questions about the flight ban and tightened entry restrictions. The brochure can be downloaded here.

The Minister for Transport has issued a ban on the access to air operations (flight ban) for passenger flights to Denmark for passengers without a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours from boarding. 

For a continuous journey, the following rules apply: If the passenger travels to Denmark on a continuous journey via stopovers at one or more airports, the test can be taken up to 48 hours before boarding at the first airport. The test must be presented in connection with the last flight that has a destination in Denmark. The airline flying the last flight must ask the passenger to provide proof that the test was taken within 48 hours of boarding the first leg/part of the journey. This documentation may be in the form of a boarding pass or other proof showing the time of start of the continuous journey. As an alternative to this, the passenger can take a test during the continuous journey, but prior to the flight with destination in Denmark. 

It does not apply to passengers aged 14 years or less.

Read more here

In some locations, it can be difficult to obtain a rapid test before boarding a connecting flight on your route to Denmark. 

In most of the airports, the test centres are located outside of the transit areas and tests must be booked in advance. Most airports offer PCR testing, but it can take up to 48 hours to get the result. The testing fees may vary at the different test centres.

You can find information here where, according to information provided, it is currently possible to obtain a rapid test in major transit airports (Danish only).

This information is subject to change.

The flight ban does not apply to transport of passengers with can document a positive COVID-19 PCR test that is at least 14 days and maximum 180 days old. Read more here

The following types of COVID-19 tests are valid: PCR test and rapid test. Please note that antibody tests are not considered valid. Both Danish citizens and foreign nationals must present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding the aircraft.

 

For rules on the entry of foreign nationals into Denmark, refer to the Danish Police hotline on +45 7020 6044.

Non-Danish citizens with a permanent residence in Denmark need to be able to document their residency when entering Denmark, for instance by means of a social security card, a residency card, a lease, other forms of identification with an address, or through other credible documentation.

If necessary, the Danish Embassies can issue documentation of Danish residency if you are registered in the Danish Civil Registration System (CPR) and if you have no other form of documentation.

Visa and work or residence permits

Yes, you can apply for a visa, however, most nationalities will need a worthy purpose to enter Denmark. Read more about worthy purposes here

Please visit this website for information regarding where to hand in your visa application.

It is not possible to modify the issued visa. You must apply for a new visa for the time when you wish to travel. (See question “Can I still apply for a visa to Denmark?”)

If you have already been granted a visa but are unable to enter Denmark due to the entry restrictions, it is not possible to get a refund of the visa application fee. 

Most travellers need a worthy purpose to enter Denmark. Please visit this website for information on overview of country status and whether you need a worthy purpose for entry into Denmark.

You are advised to call the Police’s dedicated hotline regarding entry to Denmark. The hotline can be reached on +45 7020 6044.

Foreigners, who have a valid residence permit under the Working Holiday scheme, will only be able to enter Denmark if they also have a worthy purpose, e.g. a job.

On the website of the Danish Police, you will find a reduced list of worthy purposes for entering Denmark, which applies to all travellers (arriving from both banned and open countries). 

The Minister for Immigration and Integration has decided to temporarily suspend all working holiday agreements. This means that the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) will stop issuing new residence permits for working holiday until further notice.

Read more about the suspension here.

If you have already submitted an application for a Working Holiday visa and the application has been sent to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), please note that it is not possible to get a refund of the fee of DKK 1,455 paid to the embassy.

If you have been prevented leaving Denmark due to COVID-19 you must leave as soon as it is possible. In order to do so you must also consider alternative travel routes.

If your deadline for departure has been postponed, but you have not had the possibility to leave Denmark before this date, it is also possible to apply for extension.

If you wish to apply for extension of your visa stay or visa free stay you can submit an application for extension of a short term visa.
Read more about applications for extension of short term visas including in which situations a short term visa can be extended in practice.

Read more about where and how you can submit your application for extension of a short term visa

It is still possible to contact the Danish Immigration Service as well as the Agency of International Recruitment and Integration.

With regard to extensions of residence permits handled by the Danish Immigration Service (cases of family reunification, residence permit as religious worker, and residence permit based on previous Danish citizenship, Danish heritage or affiliation with Danish minority), please visit New to Denmark’s website.

Concerning extensions of residence permits handled by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (cases of work permits, working holiday and residence under the EU regulations etc.), please visit New to Denmark’s website.

Other

The Faroe Islands are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does therefore not provide travel advice for the Faroe Islands. For the same reason, the entry restrictions for Denmark also apply to the Faroe Islands. For questions regarding potential travel to the Faroe Islands, please contact the Police.

For further information regarding coronavirus in the Faroe Islands, please refer to the Faroese health authorities.

Persons entering Denmark will now be subject to mandatory testing and 10-day isolation. Read more here.

Greenland is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does therefore not provide travel advice for Greenland. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can provide the following information:

Naalakkersuisut (the government of Greenland) urges companies, authorities and citizens not to travel.

At the request of the Naalakkersuisut, the government has introduced a general ban on civil aviation with passengers from abroad to Greenland.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, only a limited number of passengers are allowed to travel via air traffic from Denmark to Greenland. Please note that a number of entry-precautions apply to these trips.

For specific information about the rules regarding travel to Greenland, please refer to the Greenlandic health authorities, which is the official channel for information and knowledge about coronavirus in Greenland.

Persons entering Denmark will now be subject to mandatory testing and 10-day isolation. Read more on coronasmitte.dk.

The Danish Business Authority hotline can answer questions about the precautions which your company can take in connection with coronavirus. Tel: (+45) 7220 0034. Daily opening hours are from 8.30am to 4.00pm. CET (Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm CET).

You can find guidance for business travellers travelling to Denmark in the information material (PDF).

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.