Rules and regulations

Read about current advice and regulation in Denmark, and travel rules when travelling to Denmark.

This page is being updated

New rules for self-isolation

The Danish Ministry of Health has announced new rules for when you can stop your self-isolation. This page is being updated.

Read more here (in danish).

Current rules in Denmark

You must present a Corona Passport, COVID Certificate or similar to document that you have been vaccinated, that you have previously been infected with COVID or have a recent negative test to enter restaurants, nightlife, cultural venues and more.

Even though it rarely happens, businesses and private cultural institutions are allowed to make their own requirements regarding masks, shields, corona passport etc. Please comply with such demands.

  • You must wear a face mask or shield at the airport, domestic flights, trains, busses, taxis and ferries. In intercity busses you must present a corona passport. In intercity trains you must present a valid corona passport as well as seat reservation.
  • Museums, cinemas, art galleries, concerts, art performances, screenings, big screen events, lectures, conferences and the like are open. You need a corona passport to enter. You also need to wear a face mask or shield in indoor places. Audience must be seated with limitation of 1,500 people divided in three sections of maximum 500 people.
  • Amusement parks, zoos and aquariums are open. You need a corona passport to enter. You also need to wear a face mask or shield in indoor places.
  • Cinemas are open. You need a corona passport to enter. You also need to wear a face mask or shield when not seated. Audience must be seated with limitation of 1,500 people divided in three sections of maximum 500 people.
  • Libraries, archives and music schools are open. You must wear a face mask or shield inside.
  • The following remains closed:
    • Arcades, casinos, play centres and water parks, trade fairs, rooms used for rent for parties such as weddings, confirmations, birthdays and other private anniversaries.
    • Rooms and venues where concerts and other cultural events are held with standing audiences.

See the exemptions from face mask or shield here: Prevent infection

See the exemptions from corona passport here: Corona passport in Denmark

  • Outdoor sporting events are open. Paying spectators and spectators who are offered free tickets, which would normally be for sale, must present a corona passport to enter. The spectators must essentially be seated.
  • Indoor sporting events are open. Paying spectators and spectators who are offered free tickets, which would normally be for sale, must present a corona passport to enter. They also need to wear a face mask or shield when not seated. The spectators must essentially be seated with limitation of 1,500 people divided in three sections of maximum 500 people.
  • You must present a corona passport to visit gyms and swimming pools. You must also wear a face mask or shield while not being physically active.

See the exemptions from face mask or shield here: Prevent infection

See the exemptions from corona passport here: Corona passport in Denmark

  • At restaurants, cafés and bars you must present a corona passport/COVID certificate or similar. 
  • Face masks or shield must be worn when not seated. Staff with costumer contact must also wear facemasks or shields.
  • Restaurants, bars and cafees must close from 11 PM to 5 AM. Alcohol must not be served or sold between 10 PM and 5 AM.
  • Discos and nightclubs are closed. Bars must close at 11 PM.
  • Consumption of alcohol in buses is prohibited. Operators must communicate this with signs.
  • You must wear a face mask or shield in grocery stores, shops and shopping centres. This includes staff.
  • All stores and shopping centres are open. Please keep a safe distance when shopping.
  • You may be required to present a corona passport/COVID certificate as businesses are allowed to make their own requirements.
  • Alcohol must not be sold between 10 PM and 5 AM.
  • Corona passport/COVID certificate is required if you are going for a massage, haircut, tattoo etc.
  • You must also wear a mask or a shield.
  • You must present a corona passport or similar if there is access for more than 100 people indoor and 1000 people outdoor.
  • You must wear face mask or shield, except when sitting down.
  • Pupils, students, staff and visitors at higher education institutions must wear a face mask or shield indoors when not seated. This does not apply in connection with teaching and exams.
  • Children and parents who have symptoms of COVID-19 must follow the general recommendation to keep children home from the institution and get tested immediately.
  • There are requirements for face mask or shield for parents and visitors in day care. If for health reasons you can not use a face mask, you should use a shield instead.
  • For staff, there is no requirement for a face mask or shield, but employees have the right to wear a shield if they wish.
  • For staff in day care, who have not been vaccinated and have not been infected, there is per. January 5th 2022 request for two weekly screening tests.
  • A sharper focus is encouraged on complying with the recommendations in the Danish Health Authority's general guidelines on the prevention and management of the spread of COVID-19.

Read general guidance here (Danish Health Authority).

  • Children and parents who have symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to follow the general recommendation to keep children home from school and get tested immediately.
  • There are requirements for face mask or visors for parents and visitors. If for health reasons you can not use a face mask, you should use a visor instead.
  • For staff, there is no requirement for a face mask or visor, but employees have the right to wear a visor if they wish.
  • Pupils from 1st grade onwards and staff in primary and lower secondary school are strongly encouraged to get tested twice weekly, unless they have been previously infected with COVID-19 within the last 12 weeks.
  • There are also changed guidelines for contact with a person infected with COVID-19. For more information see Close contact.

In addition, there are a number of recommendations and calls to prevent infection. Read more at the Ministry of Children and Education (in danish):

Her er planen for genåbningen af skolerne (uvm.dk)

In schools and educations, the Danish Health Authority's general advice on infection prevention applies - except for the recommendation on distance:

Read general guidance here (Danish Health Authority).

  • Corona passport/COVID certificate is required at educational institutions such as universities, youth education and language schools. See exceptions here: Corona passport in Denmark - where and when?
  • Students and visitors must wear face masks or shields indoor when moving around or residing in common areas.
  • Employees in youth and adult education as well as in folk high schools in the public education have the right to wear a face mask or visor.
  • All students, course participants and participants as well as employees at youth and adult education institutions are encouraged to be tested twice a week. This also applies to students, course participants and participants as well as employees who have been vaccinated or previously infected and thus have a valid corona passport.
  • The request for two weekly screening tests does not apply to students, course participants, participants and staff who have been infected within the past 12 weeks or should not be tested for health reasons.
  • Recommendation on the organization of teaching in permanent classes (to the extent that it is compatible in relation to the practical implementation of ordinary teaching, etc.).
  • Call for cancellation of major social events
  • There are also changed guidelines for contact with a person infected with COVID-19. For more information see Close contact
  • In schools and educations, the Danish Health Authority's general advice on infection prevention applies - except for the recommendation on distance.

Read general guidance here (Danish Health Authority).

  • You must have a valid corona passport/COVID certificate to visit the health sector such as hospitals, clinics etc. Furthermore, you must wear a face mask or shield.
  • There are requirements for face mask or shield in the healthcare sector - this applies to visitors, patients and staff at public and private hospitals and clinics, the practice sector and municipal healthcare services.
  • At social services, nursing homes etc. a valid corona passport/COVID certificate is required for visitors age 15 and over.
  • Guardians, personal representatives, lawyers, etc. is exempt.
  • In addition, it is possible for the institution to dispense with the requirement in special cases.
  • At social services and nursing homes etc. requirements for face mask and shield are reintroduced for visitors and employees. The requirement applies in common rooms to which the public has access.
  • It is adviced to work at home extensively in both public and private workplaces and that meetings, seminars etc. are held virtually.
  • It is adviced to cancel major social events at workplaces.
  • Municipal employers can require their employees to present a corona passport/COVID certificate. Employers may also, under certain conditions, require employees to be tested for corona and disclose the result of the test. However, employers must be able to objectively justify that a test is necessary to limit the spread of infection with COVID-19.
  • Employees in the state and the regions will be required to present a corona passport/COVID certificate.
  • Special recommendations apply to staff in day care, school and youth and adult education. Read more under the individual topics
  • Visitors must present a corona passport/COVID certificate or similar to gain access to a room associated with the prison centers (excluding children under the age of 15, guardians, personal representatives, lawyers, etc.).
  • There is no limit to how many people can gather outdoors.
  • There is a participation limit of 1,500 people indoors separated in three sections of maximum 500 people in the following places:
    • Cinemas
    • Venues and rooms where concerts, art performances, screenings, big screen events, conferences, lectures and the like are held.
    • Indoor sporting events with paying spectators or spectators who are offered free tickets, which would normally be offered for sale.
    • Spectators must essentially be seated.
Entry

Travelling to Denmark

If you are not a Danish national or a resident of Denmark, different rules apply for entering Denmark depending on your vaccine status and the country you are arriving from.

Entry rules for residents

These are the rules that apply when you return home from holiday travel, if you have permanent residence in or a residence permit for Denmark.

Travel out of Denmark

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

General information

Information

Corona passport

Information

Vaccination

Information

Test for COVID-19

Information

Prevent infection

Information

Infected

Information

Close contact

Questions and answers

Here you will find an overview of all frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

Questions and answers about COVID-19

Contact and hotlines

If you do not find an answer to your question here, please call the joint Danish authorities' hotline at +45 7020 0233

Contact and hotlines