Tests for COVID-19

Both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests can be used as proof in your corona passport and for regular testing. However, you should always take a PCR test when showing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are a close contact of someone infected with COVID-19.

Negative COVID-19 test as corona passport

You can use a negative test as proof if the test took place within the past 72 hours. The negative test can be either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.

Read more about the corona passport

Public testing

Two types of free tests are used in the public test system – PCR tests and rapid antigen tests – and both types can be used in the vast majority of cases. However, PCR tests should always be used if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who is infected.

It’s a good idea to get tested if you physically go to your workplace or educational institution, if you’re going to be with someone at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, or if you can’t avoid being in a place with many people.

Use the map to find your nearest COVID-19 test centre

Questions and answers about testing

There are three types of tests: a PCR test, a rapid antigen test and an antibody test.

Read more about the different types of test (sst.dk)

PCR test
The PCR test is the most sensitive test, with a 90-95% confidence interval in detecting whether a person is infected with COVID-19. It should always be used if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • are a close contact of someone infected

A PCR test usually produces a result the following day. The test result only provides a snapshot, so it is important that you continue to comply with the infection prevention measures, even if you receive a negative test result.

Rapid antigen test

Rapid antigen tests are not quite as sensitive as the PCR test, but provide a test result within 15-30 minutes.

They can be used as an alternative to PCR tests for broader infection detection among people who are at less risk of having been infected.

For example, they can be useful for those who have to physically attend a workplace where they need to be tested regularly. They can also be useful as a precautionary measure in situations where the spread of infection can have more serious consequences, for example among nursing home staff or schoolchildren and students.

They may also be used among selected groups of the population where there is a particularly high level of spread of infection, or in specific occupations where there is a known risk of spreading infection.

As with the PCR test, rapid antigen tests only provide a snapshot. It is therefore important that you continue to comply with the infection protection recommendations, even if you receive a negative test result.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone who is infected, you should always take a PCR test.

Antibody tests

Antibody tests can detect whether you have previously been infected with COVID-19. They are primarily used for research purposes and are not part of the public testing system.

In order to control the pandemic, it is essential that infected people are found as quickly as possible so that they can self-isolate and their close contacts can be tested. You can help break the chain of infection when you are tested.

The general rule is that you should be tested regularly. However, in parts of society, testing is an actual requirement, for example at schools and other educational institutions. How often you should be tested varies depending on your situation, your job and the degree of contact you have with other people.

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone infected, you should take a PCR test as soon as possible.
  • If you are in contact with other people, for example as part of your job, you should be tested frequently.

To have a PCR test at a public test centre you need an appointment. It is easy and quick to do this on coronaprover.dk.

You can also find test centres offering PCR tests on the test centres map of Denmark here:

Find COVID-19 test centre

In most cases, you do not need to make an appointment to have a rapid antigen test.

You can read more about booking requirements by clicking on a specific test centre on the map of Denmark.

If your rapid antigen test result is positive, you must self-isolate immediately. You must also identify the people you have been in close contact with and whom you may have infected.

You can get help with this from Coronaopsporingen (corona tracing) by calling +45 32 32 05 11.

It is also recommended that anybody who has had a positive rapid antigen test should take a PCR test.

If your PCR test is positive, you are infected with novel coronavirus. You should immediately self-isolate to avoid infecting others. This also means that you should keep your distance from people you live with. This also applies if you do not have symptoms of the disease.

In addition, you will receive a letter in your e-Boks from the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

Coronaopsporingen will contact you within 24 hours and help you trace your close contacts, i.e. the people you may have infected. You can also call Coronaopsporing yourself on +45 32 32 05 11.

If you develop mild to moderate flu-like symptoms within 48 hours of being vaccinated against COVID-19, you don’t need to be tested before returning to work.

However, you should generally continue to be tested if you are a close contact of someone infected with or if you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if you have been vaccinated.

Here are the recommendations and requirements for testing

Culture and attractions

Museums, libraries, zoos, cinemas, amusement parks etc., have reopened throughout the country with infection prevention measures such as face masks/visors, distancing and hygiene measures.

You must show your corona passport as proof that you have been vaccinated against, previously infected with or have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 72 hours.

The general recommendation is that anyone who goes into the workplace and physically meets and socialises with others is tested once a week.

Sport and fitness

Corona passports are required in gyms for people over the age of 15.

They are also required for indoor sports for people aged 18 and over. There is no requirement for children and young people under the age of 18 to show a corona passport when coming together for indoor organised sports.

You must show a corona passport when attending football matches in the Danish Superliga and a number of other league and division matches. A number of infection prevention measures are also in place such as dividing the crowd into sections, distancing etc.

Church and other religious communities

For church activities with more participants than the current ban on gatherings allows, you must show a corona passport. This does not apply to church services or religious acts, or to church activities that comply with the relevant ban on gathering.

The general recommendation is that anyone who goes into the workplace and physically meets and socialises with others is tested once a week.

Service trades

If you are going for a haircut, massage etc., you are required to wear a face mask or visor, and follow the guidance for infection prevention. You must show a corona passport as proof that you have been vaccinated against, previously infected with, or have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 72 hours.

The general recommendation is that anyone who goes into the workplace and physically meets and socialises with others is tested once a week.

Restaurants, cafés etc.

You must show a corona passport when served inside restaurants, bars, cafés etc. It is not necessary to have a coronavirus passport when served outdoors.

The general recommendation is that anyone who goes into the workplace and physically meets and socialises with others is tested once a week.

Nursery and kindergarten

Children and parents who have symptoms of COVID-19 must follow the general advice to keep children home from the institution and get tested immediately.

The general recommendation is that anyone who goes into the workplace and physically meets and socialises with others is tested once a week.

Schools (Years 0-10) and youth education

Children and parents who have symptoms of COVID-19 must follow the general advice to keep children home from school and get tested immediately.

Pupils over the age of 12 and primary and lower secondary school staff are strongly encouraged to take a test twice per week. Twice weekly tests are required for both students and staff in youth, adult and continuing education.

Young people in secondary education for young people with special needs (STU) are encouraged to be tested regularly.

Further education

As a student, employee etc. in further education, you must be able to prove that you have received a negative result of an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 within the past 72 hours, however, not more than twice at even intervals in the past seven days are required.

People who physically attend work

It is important that you are continuously and regularly tested – preferably once per week – at one of the many test centres.

Find COVID-19 test centre

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should follow the general guidance of not going into work, and you should get tested immediately.

If you work in a certain profession where physical attendance is necessary, and where there has been shown to be a higher risk of infection, e.g. a slaughterhouse, construction site and among prison staff, it is recommended that you are tested twice a week.

People entering Denmark

People travelling to Denmark (including for holidays) are generally subject to several requirements to be tested for COVID-19 when arriving from a number of countries, and should also self-isolate. Read more about the rules and exceptions:

Who should self-isolate and be tested after entering Denmark?

A European corona passport for use when travelling is currently being developed.