Travel out of Denmark

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

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.

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 24 February 2021.

Travelling out of Denmark

Effective from 8 January 2021 until and including 5 April 2021, the Ministry advises against all travel worldwide. The tightened travel advice also advises against business travel that is otherwise considered necessary travel. However, certain exceptions apply, e.g. in connection with the delivery of goods and services in and out of the country. See the specific exceptions here.

Additionally, a flight ban has been imposed on transportation of passengers from the entire world, who are unable to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 24 hours prior to departure. The flight ban will enter into force 9 January 2021 at 5 PM until and including 5 April 2021.

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

Read the travel advice for your country of interest here (Danish).

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.

From 9 January until and including 5 April 2021, an entry ban will be implemented for foreign travellers from abroad who do not reside in Denmark, please find more information here.

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, see above “Can I travel abroad?”  

 

 

 

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.

As a Danish traveller abroad, you do not have to travel home immediately but if in doubt, we recommend that you contact your airline or travel company to examine the possibilities for returning to Denmark. There are currently flights available to Denmark either direct or through transit airports, but travel options may change quickly as we experienced previously in the pandemic.

Danes who live permanently abroad are encouraged to stay where they are and follow the instructions of the local authorities. As a rule, the same advice applies for Danes who are on a long-term stay abroad but it is ultimately your own decision whether you choose to stay in the country of residence or return to Denmark.

For guidance on precautions upon return to Denmark, see above “Can I travel abroad?”  

From 9 January until and including 5 April 2021, an entry ban will be implemented for foreign travellers from abroad who do not reside in Denmark.

Returning home to Denmark

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

From 5:00 p.m. on 9 January 2021 through 5 April 2021, Denmark has instituted a flight ban on the transport of passengers, including Danish citizens, who are unable to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours before departure. 

Children 12 years and younger are exempt from the test requirement, but they are still encouraged to get a COVID-19 test.

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 24 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 24 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 24 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 12 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 test that is at least 14 days and maximum 12 weeks old. Read more here

Read more about how you document a positive COVID-19 test in the questions below.

If you need to document a positive COVID-19 test that is at least 14 days and maximum 12 weeks old, you can do that on sundhed.dk. Here, your test results are translated from Danish to English and French. If you wish to print the result, you can click CTRL-P (Windows computer) or Shift+Command+3 (Mac).

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.

You can travel through Denmark (transit) to a destination outside of Denmark, including the Faroe Islands and Greenland. This applies regardless of your habitual residence and your means of transport. However, you are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the plane.

Please, click here for more information.

For rules on the entry of foreign nationals into Denmark, refer to the Danish Police hotline on +45 70206044.

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, however due to the current restrictions on entry into Denmark, you can only enter Denmark if you have a worthy purpose of entry. 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). 

Please contact the relevant Danish mission (Find us abroad) if you wish to hand in a 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. 

From 9 January until and including 5 April 2021, stricter entry restrictions apply to travellers from all countries of the world who wish to enter Denmark.

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). Note that a number of previously accepted worthy purposes have been removed from the list which is valid up to and including 5 April 2021.

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

The entry ban to Denmark applies to business travels. However, holders of business visas who travel with a view to delivering goods and services can enter Denmark. 

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). Note that a number of previously accepted worthy purposes have been removed from the list which is valid up to and including 5 April 2021.

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, Naalakkersuisut has temporarily ceased all air traffic from Denmark to Greenland until 1 March 2021.

During this period, only persons with a registered address in Greenland and persons performing duties in an essential service or function will have the opportunity to travel to Greenland by plane. 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 here.

 

The Danish Business Authority hotline can answer questions about the precautions which your company can take in connection with coronavirus. Tel: (+45) 72 20 00 34. 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

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)