Entry from areas with COVID-19 variants of concern and arrivals from certain airports

On this page you will find relevant information if you have stayed in a country with a COVID-19 variant of concern, and which foreign airports are subject to special requirements in relation to tests upon entry in Denmark.

Updated: 2 December 2021

You must take a COVID-19 test at the airport if you arrive from one of these airports

  • Dubai International Airport
  • Hamad International Airport (Doha)

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.

Test and isolation requirements after entry from a country with a COVID-19 variant of concern

If you have stayed in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe (except transit) within 10 days before 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 if you are fully vaccinated you must still take a test after entry and you must still self-isolate after entry.

If you are previously infected, you don not have to take a test after entry, but you must still self-isolate immediately after entry.

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

Foreigners residing in countries with COVID-19 variants of concern must have a special worthy purpose to enter Denmark, must be able to present a negative PCR-test taken a maximum of 72 hours before the time of entry and must take a test (unless previously infected) and self-isolate for 10 days after entry.

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 for foreigners residing in variant countries

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.

These are exempted from test-requirements:

  • Children under 15 years: Children under the age of 15, who are permanently resident in countries with COVID-19 variants of concern, 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.

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