There are no special rules for professional athletes* with regard to post-entry testing requirements. This means that, as a general rule, professional athletes must be tested upon entry if they are not already covered by the exemptions above, including those that apply to persons who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection etc.
*The term professional athlete covers (a) a person who participates in professional sports as an athlete, staff member, official or sports manager for remuneration, or (b) a person who participates in a sporting event at a high international level in a sport recognised by the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark, in harness and gallop racing or e-sports. This includes participation in international matches, European and World Cup tournaments and similar high-level tournaments without the person receiving remuneration for participating.
Self-isolation requirement for Danish nationals and individuals with a permanent residence in Denmark
Professional athletes or support staff such as a coach or physiotherapist entering Denmark after having participated in a sports event (see above) are exempt from the self-isolation requirement.
This exemption does not apply if the trip has a holiday-like nature, or if the trip is a combination of a business trip and a holiday-like stay.
Please note that the exemption also does not apply if you stayed in (except in transit) a country, region or area with variants of concern within 10 days before entering Denmark (see list of areas with variants of concern here).
Self-isolation requirement for individuals with a permanent residence abroad
As a general rule, persons entering Denmark from a COVID-19 high-risk country or countries with variants of concern must self-isolate without undue delay at a self-isolation site for 10 days and generally may not leave the self-isolation site before the end of the period. The requirement is subject to a number of exemptions, however, which, among other things, make it possible for persons with a permanent residence abroad who are entering Denmark to provide a service to suspend the self-isolation temporarily.
For professional athletes or persons supporting professional athletes in their sport and who do not have a permanent residence or a residence permit to reside in Denmark, his/her participation in matches in championships, competitions and the like in Denmark is deemed a service provided to, for example, a competition organiser, television station or similar. This means, for example, that foreign national teams and club teams may temporarily suspend their self-isolation to play a match against Danish national or club teams in championships, competitions and similar. This includes training activities related to their participation in a championship, competition or similar in Denmark. This does not apply to other training activities, or participation in friendlies, training matches, training camps and other activities in Denmark that cannot be deemed the provision of a service, however.
After completing their participation in matches in championships, competitions and the like in Denmark, professional athletes or persons who support the professional sport must resume the self-isolation at their self-isolation site without undue delay. If professional athletes or people who support the professional sport self-isolate in, for instance, a hotel in Denmark, teammates, coaches, staff, etc., will be allowed to self-isolate in the same room or rooms.
In addition, the self-isolation requirement may be discontinued for anyone who receives a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than the sixth day after entry into Denmark.