Country categories

The country you arrive from – and whether you are fully vaccinated or previously infected - defines if you are required to get tested and potentially self-isolate upon your arrival in Denmark.

Updated: 3. December 2021

Entry from areas with COVID-19 variants of concern

If you have stayed in a country, region or area with COVID-19 variants of concern (except transit) within 10 days prior to the date of entering Denmark, you must take a test within 24 hours of entry and immediately self-isolate for 10 days. You may end the isolation with a negative PCR-test taken at least six days after arrival. If you fly directly from the area with variants of concern, you must also take a PCR-test before boarding.

Even though you are fully vaccinated, you are not exempt from the requirement for testing before boarding, as well as testing and isolation after entry. Previously infected people are excepted the testing prior and after entry, but must self-isolate immediately after entry.

Specific requirements for foreigners residing in countries with COVID-19 variants of concern

Foreigners residing in countries with COVID-19 variants of concern can only enter Denmark if they have a special worthy purpose and if they can present a negative PCR-test taken a maximum of 72 hours before the time of entry. Previously infected are exempt the test requirement. Requirements for test and isolation after entry still apply.

Special worthy purposes

  • Foreigners who act as primary caregivers for minor children in Denmark (may, for example, be a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family)
  • Foreigners who have to visit seriously ill or dying family members or boy/girlfriends in Denmark
  • Foreigners carrying out freight transport. Freight transport is understood as the transport of goods within the wholesale chain regardless of the mode of transport used (truck, plane, train, ship, etc.). There is no requirement for certain types of goods to be transported. Foreigners who enter without transporting goods themselves, but who can document that the entry takes place in order to take part in the transport of goods, are also covered by this exception
  • Diplomats, including similar groups of persons mentioned in Annex VII of the Schengen Borders Code, p. 1. (Heads of State) and pkt. 4 (holders of diplomatic passports, official passports or service passports, as well as members of international organizations) as well as diplomatic couriers or foreigners who enter as part of a service visit at a representative office, or who are entitled to entry under a hosting agreement
  • Foreigners who work as crewmembers on ships or work as offshore workers or maritime technicians who travel through Denmark (transit) as part of their return journey.

Transit: Foreigners with permanent residence in countries with COVID-19 variants of concern may not enter Denmark in transit, unless they are in possession of a residence permit from a Schengen country and travel through Denmark in transit, to get to the Schengen country that has issued their residence permit.

Requirement of a negative PCR-test

All foreigners who are permanently resident in countries with COVID-19 variants of concern must present a negative PCR-test taken a maximum of 72 hours before the time of entry. This also applies for foreigners who are fully vaccinated.

Exemptions from a negative PCR-test

  • Children under 15 years: Children under the age of 15 are exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test when entering Denmark.
  • Foreigners who have previously been infected with COVID-19: Foreigners who are permanently resident in countries with Covid-19 variants of concern and who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from the requirement for a negative PCR-test in cases where they can present a positive PCR-test taken at least 14 days and a maximum of 180 days before the time of entry. Note that an antigen test / quick test is not recognized in this regard.

Legal requirements for compulsory testing of all passengers entering from certain foreign airports

As part of the detection and containment of the possible spread of Omicron, the COVID-19 variant of concern, a statutory test has been introduced for all passengers entering Denmark from the following foreign airports:

  • Hamad International Airport, Doha
  • Dubai International Airport

The requirement means that you must test when you enter Denmark from the above-mentioned airports as a general rule. Passengers who do not comply with the test requirement may risk a fine of DKK 3.500. Children under 15 years and certain other groups are exempt from the requirement.

Entry from EU/Schengen countries

These travellers may enter Denmark from EU/Schengen-countries without test or self-isolation:

  • Fully vaccinated residents in EU/Schengen
  • Fully vaccinated residents in OECD-countries
  • Fully vaccinated travellers from risk-countries
  • Fully vaccinated travellers who can document vaccination with the EU corona passport or with a vaccination certificate, which is equal to the EU’s digital COVID-19 certificate
  • Previously infected travellers from all countries

All other travellers must either take a test before entry or within 24 hours after entry.

Your entry country is the country you are travelling form - not countries that you have only passed through in transit.

Entry from countries considered by Denmark as COVID-19 risk countries

These travellers may enter Denmark from COVID-19 risk countries without test or self-isolation:

  • Fully vaccinated residents in EU/Schengen
  • Fully vaccinated residents in OECD-countries
  • Fully vaccinated residents in risk-countries
  • Fully vaccinated travellers who can document vaccination with the EU corona passport or with a vaccination certificate, which is equal to the EU’s digital COVID-19 certificate
  • Previously infected travellers from all countries

All other travellers must take a test within 24 hours after arrival.

Your entry country is the country you are travelling form - not countries that you have only passed through in transit.

Entry from all other countries - which are considered by Denmark as COVID-19 high-risk countries

All travellers must take a test within 24 hours after entry and self-isolate without undue delay.

If you enter Denmark from a COVID-19 high-risk country you will need to get testes and isolate immediately after entry. This also applies for Danish citizens and people with permanent residence or a residence permit in Denmark. You may end the isolation with a negative PCR-test taken at least six days after arrival.

You do not need to test and self-isolate if you are previously infected or fully vaccinated residence permit/permanent residence in:

  • Denmark
  • Another EU/Schengen-country
  • An OECD-country
  • One of the COVID-19 risk countries/regions mentioned above.

You also do not need to test or self-isolate if you can document your vaccination either through the EU corona passport or with a vaccination certificate, which is equal to the EU’s digital COVID-19 certificate.

Definitions

Fully vaccinated means that you have documentation for vaccination completed more than two weeks ago and less than 12 months ago with a vaccine approved by the Danish health authorities or EMA (European Medicines Agency). See all EMA-approved vaccinations here.

Previously infected means that you have documentation for a positive PCR-test taken more than 14 days but less than 180 days ago.

Test taken before entry is valid if you have documentation for a negative PCR-test taken less than 72 hours before arrival in Denmark OR a rapid antigen test taken less than 48 before arrival in Denmark.

Categorizations

Angola, Malawi og Zambia are categorized as countries with COVID-19 variants of concern as of 12:00 PM  November 29.

South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are classified as countries with COVID-19 variants of concern as of midnight November 27.

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Vatican City.

COVID-19 risk countries: Australia, Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

COVID-19 risk regions and areas: Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

All other countries are considered by Denmark as COVID-19 high-risk countries. Please see section about high risk countries for rules for entry into Denmark from COVID-19 high risk countries.

All countries not mentioned under EU/Schengen countries, COVID-19 risk countries or Countries with COVID-19 variants of concern.

Certificates

Countries with vaccination certificates approved by Denmark/EU.

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

Albania, Armenia, El Salvador, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Serbia, Singapore, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

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