Country categories

Country of residence and arrival – and whether you are fully vaccinated or previously infected - defines if you are required to get tested before or after entry and potentially self-isolate upon your arrival in Denmark.

Updated: 19 January 2022

Travellers from all countries must take a test before entering Denmark unless previously infected (positive test taken at least 11 days and less than 180 days ago). Persons with residence in Denmark must take a test either before entry or within 24 hours after entry.

When entering Denmark from a COVID-19 high-risk country, you must self-isolate after entry unless you are fully vaccinated citizen in EU/Schengen, an OECD-country, a COVID-19 high-risk country or a country/region/area, where vaccination can be documented with EU-approved certificate.

See lists below.

Entry from EU/Schengen countries

Previously infected travellers can enter without test or isolation.

Persons with residence in Denmark must take a test either before entry or within 24 hours after entry.

All other travellers must take a test before entry. The test must be a maximum of 48 hours with a rapid antigen test or 72 hours with a PCR-test at the time of entry. You must take a test even if you are vaccinated – but not if you are previously infected.

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

Certain travellers are exempt from test requirements. 

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

Previously infected travellers can enter without test or isolation.

Persons with residence in Denmark must take a test either before entry or within 24 hours after entry.

All other travellers must take a test before entry. The test must be a maximum of 48 hours with a rapid antigen test or 72 hours with a PCR-test at the time of entry. You must take a test even if you are vaccinated – but not if you are previously infected.

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

Certain travellers are exempt from test requirements. 

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

Previously infected travellers can enter without test or isolation.
Persons with residence in Denmark must take a test either before entry or within 24 hours after entry.

All other travellers must take a test before entry. The test must be a maximum of 48 hours with a rapid antigen test or 72 hours with a PCR-test at the time of entry. You must take a test even if you are vaccinated – but not if you are previously infected.

Self isolation: when entering Denmark from a COVID-19 high-risk country you must self-isolate immediately after entry. This also applies to 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 self-isolate if you are previously infected or if you are fully vaccinated with a residence permit/permanent residence in:

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

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. See lists of countries with vaccination certificates approved by Denmark/EU below.

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

Certain travellers are exempt from test and isolation requirements

Entry from areas with COVID-19 variants of concern (currently there are no such countries)

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.

Definitions

Fully vaccinated means that you have documentation for vaccination completed more than two weeks ago and less than 270 days (approximately 9 months) ago with a vaccine approved by EMA (European Medicines Agency). See all EMA-approved vaccines here.

Previously infected means that you have documentation for a positive PCR-test taken at least 11 days ago 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

Currently, there are no countries Denmark categorizes as countries with COVID-19 variants of concern.

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: Bahrain, 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.

Countries: Albania, Armenia, Cape Verde, El Salvador, Georgia, Israel, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Togo, Tunesia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay.

Regions and Areas: Taiwan

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