FAQ: Testing and isolation requirements after entry into Denmark

In order to restrict the introduction and spread of other more transmissible virus variants, requirements for testing and self-isolation after entering Denmark are currently in effect

Updated: 3. December 2021

Different requirements for testing and self-isolation apply depending on where you are travelling from. This is due to the different levels of risk categories (COVID-19 risk countries, COVID-19 high-risk countries and countries with variants of concern). It applies to EU and Schengen countries in particular that no distinction is made between COVID-19 risk countries and high-risk countries. The same rules apply in these countries regardless of which EU or Schengen country you are entering from.

The categorization of countries and regions

Please note that special rules apply if you have stayed in countries, regions and areas with variants of concern within the past 10 days (see list of areas with variants of concern here). Read more about the rules under the drop-down menu “What rules apply if I have stayed in a country, region or area with variants of concern?”.

These FAQs are based on the rules in the Executive order on mandatory testing and isolation after entry into Denmark in connection with the management of COVID-19. Please note, however, that the statutory order may be adjusted on an ongoing basis, which makes it important to keep an eye on this page if you are planning to enter Denmark.

“Executive order on mandatory testing and isolation after entry into Denmark in connection with the management of COVID-19” (Danish only) (retsinformation.dk)

The statutory order is in effect until 29 June 2022.

Are you fully vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated with a permanent residence in an EU or Schengen country and holder of the EU Digital COVID Certificate

Fully vaccinated persons with a permanent residence in an EU or Schengen country may enter Denmark without restrictions, i.e. without being required to be tested or self-isolate. This also applies to individuals who can document their vaccination with the EU Digital COVID certificate. This does not apply if you are traveling from or, within the past 10 days, have stayed in (except in transit) countries, regions or areas with variants of concern (see list of areas with variants of concern here).

In this context, the designation ‘EU or Schengen countries’ includes countries that are members of the European Union or the Schengen cooperation, as well as Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and Vatican City.

Fully vaccinated persons with a permanent residence in a third country

Fully vaccinated persons with a permanent residence in an OECD country or third country, which on the date of entry is categorised as a COVID-19 risk country, may enter Denmark without restrictions (without a requirement to be tested or self-isolate). This does not apply to individuals traveling from or, within the past 10 days, have stayed in (except in transit) countries, regions or areas with variants of concern (see list of areas with variants of concern here).

OECD countries include members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Fully vaccinated Danish nationals

If you are a Danish national and have been fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine for COVID-19 in any country in the world, you are exempt from the requirement to be tested and self-isolate after entry, regardless of where you have a residence. This does not apply, however, if you are traveling from or, within the past 10 days, have stayed in (except in transit) countries, regions or areas with variants of concern (see list of areas with variants of concern here).

Fully vaccinated holder of a vaccination certificate equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate

Fully vaccinated persons who can document their vaccination by means of a third country’s vaccination certificate whose status has been deemed equivalent to the EU digital COVID certificate by the European Commission may enter Denmark without restrictions, i.e. without being required to be tested or self-isolate. This does not apply, however, if you are travelling from, or within the past 10 days have stayed in (except in transit) countries, regions or areas with variants of concern (see list of areas with variants of concern here).

You can see an overview of third countries whose vaccination certificate has been deemed equivalent to the EU Digital COVID certificate by the European Commission here.

EU Digital COVID Certificate | European Commission

Countries are being added to the list on an ongoing basis and it currently includes the following third countries:

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

General requirements for fully vaccinated persons (applies to all of the above-mentioned fully-vaccinated persons)

To be considered fully vaccinated, the following requirements apply:

  • The vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
  • At least 2 weeks and no more than 12 months must have elapsed since you received your final vaccination dose.
  • Another approved vaccination process: receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine for the first jab and an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech) for the second.

So far, the EMA has accepted the following vaccines against COVID-19:

  • Pfizer BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson – Janssen Pharmaceutical (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen)
  • Moderna (COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, formerly COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca).

You must be able to present relevant documentation that you are fully vaccinated. If you possess the EU Digital COVID Certificate for vaccination, you may present this. If do not, you should check whether your vaccination certificate contains the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the vaccine
  • Date of completion: dates of the 1st and 2nd jabs (for a vaccination process requiring 2 jabs)

Have you previously been infected with COVID-19?

If you have previously been infected with COVID-19, you may enter Denmark without restrictions, i.e. without being required to be tested or self-isolate. To do so, you must be able to present documentation of a positive PCR test taken at least 14 days and no more than 180 days (6 months) before the date of entry.

Even if you have previously been infected with COVID-19, you must self-isolate after entry if you are travelling from or have stayed in (except in transit) countries, regions or areas with variants of concern within the past 10 days (see list of areas with variants of concern here).

Are you entering Denmark from an EU or Schengen country?

If you are entering Denmark from an EU or Schengen country* you do not need to self-isolate after entry. This applies regardless of whether you are neither fully vaccinated nor have previously been infected.

The testing requirement is also waived after entry if you can present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate. The certificate must show that you are fully vaccinated,** previously infected*** or possess a negative COVID-19 test.****

If you are unable to present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, you must be tested within 24 hours after entering Denmark. However, there are a number of exemptions that you can read more about below.

* In this context, the designation 'EU or Schengen countries' includes countries that are members of the European Union or the Schengen cooperation, as well as Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and Vatican City.

** Read more about the requirements for fully-vaccinated persons under the drop-down menu “Are you fully vaccinated?”.

*** Read more about the requirements for previously infected persons under the drop-down menu “Have you previously been infected with COVID-19?”.

**** Can be either a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the date of entry, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the date of entry.

Please note that special rules apply if you have stayed in countries, regions or areas with variants of concern within the past 10 days (see list of areas with variants of concern here). Read more about the rules under the drop-down menu "What rules apply if I have stayed in a country, region or area with variants of concern?".

Are you entering Denmark from a COVID-19 risk country or a risk region?

If, on the date of entry, you are arriving from a COVID-19 risk country, region or area, you do not need to self-isolate after entering Denmark.

This requires that during your journey, you did not stay for significant period of time in a COVID-19 high-risk country, region or area (a significant period is defined as staying overnight, going shopping, etc., in a COVID-19 high-risk country, region or area). If you stop only to refuel at a service station or are in transit at the airport of a COVID-19 high-risk country, region or area, you are still considered to be travelling from a COVID-19 risk country, region or area and therefore you do not need to self-isolate after entry.

The requirement to be tested after entry is also waived if you

  • have previously been infected with COVID-19,* or
  • have a permanent residence in a COVID-19 risk country and are fully vaccinated.**

If you are neither fully vaccinated nor have previously been infected, you must be tested within 24 hours after entering Denmark. However, there are a number of exemptions that you can read more about below.

* Read further details about the requirements for fully-vaccinated persons under the drop-down menu "Are you fully vaccinated?".

** Read about the detailed requirements for previously infected persons under the drop-down menu "Have you previously been infected with COVID-19?".

Please note that special rules apply if you have stayed in countries, regions or areas with variants of concern within the past 10 days (see list of areas with variants of concern here). Read more about the rules under the drop-down menu "What rules apply if I have stayed in a country, region or area with variants of concern?".

Requirements to be tested after entering Denmark and exemptions

As a general rule, everyone entering Denmark from abroad is required to be tested for COVID-19 (either an antigen or PCR test) within 24 hours after entering Denmark. If you are not already covered by the exemptions listed above (including being fully vaccinated or having been previously infected), you may qualify for the following exemptions to the testing requirement or for other exemptions in effect for specific groups of people below.

The following exemptions apply to the requirement to be tested after entering Denmark:

  • Persons who, for medical reasons, should not take a rapid (antigen) test or PCR test for COVID-19*;
  • Persons who should not take a rapid test or a PCR test for COVID-19 because of a physical or mental disability;
  • Persons who depart from Denmark within 24 hours of the time of entry.

* Read more about this exemption under the drop-down menu "In what instances may people be exempted from the testing requirement for medical reasons?".

Please note that special rules apply if you have stayed in countries, regions or areas with variants of concern within the past 10 days (see list of areas with variants of concern here). Read more about the rules under the drop-down menu "What rules apply if I have stayed in a country, region or area with variants of concern?".

You are exempt from the requirement to be tested after entry if the testing procedure can cause severe discomfort and/or worsen an illness or similar. The involves the following:

  • Individuals with certain diseases or other conditions that make it difficult or potentially harmful to be tested, such as:
  • Individuals with narrow nasal passages due to a crooked nasal septum, nasal deformities, adenoids, nasal polyps, chronic nasal inflammation or similar;
  • Individuals with cancer or sequelae after being treated for cancer of the nose, mouth or throat area;
  • Individuals who have recently broken their nose or have undergone nasal surgery;
  • Individuals with a risk of bleeding, e.g. individuals receiving anticoagulant treatment after heart-valve surgery or deep-vein thrombosis (when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body or legs), individuals with haemophilia or similar;
  • Individuals with mental and/or cognitive impairment who are unable to understand or participate in the examination;
  • Individuals with mental health conditions and illnesses, such as anxiety, PTSD or similar, or where the examination will be experienced as a violation.

An individual who for one reason or another cannot be tested is not required to present documentation of this, such as a medical certificate.

There are PCR test sites in all five regions where free PCR testing is offered. At selected PCR test sites, it is also possible to have an antigen test performed if you need a test at short notice in an emergency. The website coronasmitte.dk shows the testing sites in Denmark, including the addresses and opening hours of the testing centres:

Find COVID-19 test center

 

Residents with a CPR number (Danish social security number) and NemId can book an appointment for a PCR test on coronaprover.dk. At many testing sites you can also show up without an appointment.

Foreign nationals without a CPR no. and NemId can be tested at most of the regions’ PCR testing sites. Information about which test sites provide testing to foreign nationals is available on the link above.

Foreign nationals must show up without an appointment. Prior to taking a PCR test, you must set yourself up as a user at covidresults.dk, where your test results will subsequently be available to you.

Requirement to self-isolate after entry and exemptions

If you are entering Denmark from a COVID-19 high-risk country or countries with variants of concern, you must self-isolate without undue delay at a self-isolation site for 10 days, and as a general rule you may not leave the self-isolation site before the end of the period. This also applies even if you have tested negative for COVID-19 before or within 24 hours after entering Denmark.

A self-isolation site may be a private home and its private garden or another suitable facility where accommodation and all the basic necessities, including food and drink, are available. No special requirements, such as layout, furnishings, etc., apply to the self-isolation site. Read more about this below.

If you meet the self-isolation requirement but cannot self-isolate under suitable conditions, you can be screened for a voluntary stay at a municipal self-isolation facility. You must personally defray the cost of your stay, including meals. Eligibility for stays at a municipal isolation facility is screened by the municipality.

Read more about the rules below.

If you are required to self-isolate, you may break the self-isolating if you get a negative PCR test result taken no earlier than the six day after the date of entering Denmark.

Example:

The 10-day self-isolation requirement is counted from the first day after entering Denmark.

If you enter on a Friday morning, you must wait until midnight before Thursday at the earliest to take a PCR test. If you enter on a Monday, you must wait until the sixth day, Sunday, to take a PCR test. You may not leave the self-isolation site until you have received your test result, which must be negative.

If you enter on Monday, you must self-isolate until Thursday of the following week, unless you get a negative test result from a PCR test taken no earlier than the sixth day.

Please note that there are a number of exemptions to the self-isolation requirement specified above, which include if you are entering Denmark from an EU or Schengen country, from a COVID-19 risk country, if you are fully vaccinated, etc. Also, in certain circumstances, you may temporarily break your self-isolation, and a number of special rules apply to specific groups of people. Read about this below.

If you are not covered by the exemptions to the testing and self-isolation requirements specified above (e.g. if you are entering from an EU or Schengen country or are fully vaccinated), you may, after entering Denmark, temporarily break self-isolating in the following situations:

  • You are seeking essential treatment in the health service, including to take a rapid or PCR test for COVID-19.
  • You are visiting a close relative* who is severely ill or dying.
  • You are attending the burial or funeral service of a close relative*.
  • You intend to take part in the birth of your child.
  • You are participating in court proceedings or similar.
  • You are departing Denmark without undue delay

After the temporary break of self-isolation, you must resume your self-isolation without undue delay. This means that you are not allowed to go shopping, for instance, after seeing the doctor or attending the funeral of a close relative. You are urged not to travel by public transport if you are ill or if you suspect that you are infected with COVID-19.

*The following relationships are defined as a close relative: spouse, cohabiting partner, fiancée, sweetheart, child, stepchild, foster child, grandchild, step-grandchild, sibling, step-sibling, parent, step-parent, foster parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, parent-in-law and child-in-law.

In addition, Danish nationals with a permanent residence outside Denmark and foreign nationals with a permanent residence outside Denmark may temporarily break the self-isolation to perform the following necessary functions:

  • work as an wage earner, employer or self-employed person;
  • provide services in Denmark;
  • perform duties as a head of state, member of the government or similar, including as an EU Commissioner and as a member of a delegation for this, as well as as a diplomat;
  • participate in military exercises;
  • visit an embassy or representative office in Denmark;
  • participate in a job interview;
  • exercise arranged or scheduled visitation with children.
  • serve as a primary caregiver for minor children and/or young people residing in Denmark;
  • participate in ongoing treatment in the Danish health service or at a private hospital in Denmark.

After the temporary break of the self-isolation, the self-isolation must be resumed without undue delay. This means that after performing one of the above-mentioned functions, you may not go shopping, for example.

Please note that persons subject to the self-isolation requirement may break the self-isolating for the purpose of leaving Denmark without undue delay.

Self-isolating means that you may not leave the self-isolation facility. The self-isolation site does not have to meet special requirements, such as layout, furnishing, etc.

This means that you may self-isolate in your home or wherever you were otherwise intending to stay after entering Denmark.

Possible self-isolation sites:

  • a private home and its private garden;
  • other suitable facility where accommodation and all the basic necessities, including food and drink, are available;

In other words, you may self-isolate in your own home or other suitable facility, such as a hotel room. If you self-isolate in a private home, you are allowed to go out in its private garden, but you are not allowed to go to any common areas, such as a courtyard or garden available to an owners’ association, for instance.

You may self-isolate in a home even if your family members or sweetheart is staying there at the same time. You are not required to refrain from dining with or sharing a bed with persons who are not self-isolating. This means that the other members of a household where someone is self-isolating are not covered by the self-isolation requirement in effect for the person entering Denmark.

During self-isolation, you are encouraged to follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines for self-isolating at home, but this is not a requirement.

In some cases, you may be screened for a voluntary stay at a municipal self-isolation facility. You must personally defray the cost of your stay, including meals. Read more about this offer below.

Transport

You are urged to be attentive to complying with general transmission-prevention recommendations, such as social distancing, etc. Furthermore, you are urged not to travel by public transport if you are ill or if you suspect that you are infected.

Shopping

You may not leave the self-isolation site, which means that you may not go out shopping, for instance. Either ask your family or friends to help you with shopping or order what you need online. Have your purchases placed outside your front door.

Persons at risk of infection who are awaiting the results of COVID-19 tests may in some cases be screened for a voluntary stay at a municipal self-isolation facility.

It is up to the municipality to decide whether you are included in the target group for this offer. You must personally defray the cost of your stay, including meals.

In this context, the target group for the offer of accommodation at a municipal self-isolation facility includes adult citizens who are at risk of infection and who are awaiting testing for COVID-19, who are largely self-reliant and therefore do not require assistance or treatment from healthcare or social care professionals, and who share a household with:

  • many people in a small area and/or without optimal room partitions;
  • one or more persons who have difficulty cooperating with the infected person on observing the official recommendations on self-isolation at home, due to social problems, cognitive impairment, etc.; or
  • one or more persons with a heightened risk of developing a serious illness from COVID-19, as defined by the Danish Health Authority in its recommendations for people at heightened risk, for whom it is difficult to ensure appropriate self-isolation.

Children and young people under the age of 18 may only be screened for a stay in a municipal self-isolation facility if accompanied by an adult from the same household.

To find out more about the options available to you, call your municipality or visit its website. If you do not live in Denmark, you can contact the municipality that you are staying in to find out more about the screening options available to you in relation to voluntary self-isolation.

Exceptions for specific groups

If you are not already covered by the above exemptions to the testing and self-isolation requirements, you may be covered by other exemptions if you are part of a specific group. More detailed rules are set out below.

Children under the age of 15 (i.e. up to and including 14 years old) are exempt from the requirement to be tested and self-isolate after arriving in Denmark. However, children under 15 can choose to be tested and self-isolate if they wish, but this is not required.

Children and young people aged 15–17 years old travelling with a parent who is fully vaccinated or who has previously been infected are exempt from the testing and self-isolation requirements. The accompanying parent must meet the requirements stipulated for people who are fully vaccinated or have been previously infected with COVID-19. Read more about the detailed requirements under “Are you fully vaccinated?” and “Have you previously been infected with COVID-19?”

Children and young people aged 15–17 are exempt from taking a test upon arrival in Denmark if travelling from other EU or Schengen countries, and if their parent can provide a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival, or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival.
Please note that special rules apply to visitation with children, etc. Read more under “What does the requirement for self-isolation upon arrival in Denmark mean for appointments and arrangements for visitation with children?”.

People who live abroad and have to travel to Denmark in order to exercise their right to scheduled or agreed child visitation may temporarily disregard the requirement to self-isolate in order to exercise their visitation rights. This means that you are not required to self-isolate if your visitation contact period begins when you arrive in Denmark. If you are travelling back home immediately after your visitation contact period, you do not need to self-isolate once it has finished. However, if you plan to stay in Denmark after your visitation contact period, you must self-isolate.

It is also possible to travel from Denmark to your child’s home country or overseas address for the purposes of child visitation, or to bring them back to Denmark for such purposes without needing to isolate upon your return. This also applies if you arrive in Denmark after returning your child to their home country following the completion of a visitation contact period in Denmark, or after returning to Denmark with a child following the completion of a visitation contact period in a foreign country.

Children who are travelling out of Denmark for the purposes of child visitation in another country are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate when they return to Denmark.

The rules differ slightly for children who live abroad and travel to Denmark for child visitation purposes. In general, children under the age of 15 are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate. Children aged between 15 and 17 are required to self-isolate, but may temporarily delay their isolation period for the duration of their visitation contact period with their family or support network. This means that children aged 15 to 17 are not required to self-isolate if their visitation contact period begins when they arrive in Denmark. If a child aged 15 or 17 travels back home immediately after their visitation contact period, they do not need to self-isolate once it has finished. However, if a 15 or 17-year-old child plans to remain in Denmark, they must self-isolate.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and are travelling to Denmark with your spouse or partner who is fully vaccinated or has previously been infected, you are not subject to the requirement to self-isolate upon arrival, but you must still take a test after you arrive. Read more about what we mean by fully vaccinated or previously infected above under "Are you fully vaccinated" and "Have you previously been infected with COVID-19?".

The self-isolation requirement does not apply to arrivals from EU or Schengen countries; the same applies to border regions, too.

If you have a permanent residence in a border region, you are not required to take a test within 24 hours after entering Denmark. You will only be required to take a test after entering Denmark if you have stayed in (except in transit) a country, region or area with a variant of concern within 10 days before entering Denmark (see list of areas with variants of concern here).

Danish nationals and foreign nationals with a permanent residence or a Danish residence permit who arrive in Denmark after working, providing a service or taking classes or exams in a border region are exempt from the requirement to be tested within 24 hours after arriving in Denmark. For example, this applies to people who live in Copenhagen and work in Malmö. However, you will still be required to be tested if you have 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).

Individuals working on trains, buses and ships and as taxi drivers or on other forms of commercial transport requiring a permit under the Danish Taxi Act are exempt from the requirement to be tested within 24 hours after arriving in Denmark. You will only be required to take a test after entering Denmark if you have stayed in (except in transit) a country, region or area with a variant of concern within 10 days before entering Denmark (see list of areas with variants of concern here).

Since the self-isolation requirement does not apply to arrivals from EU or Schengen countries, you are exempt from isolating upon arrival if you are travelling from one of these countries. If you arrive in Denmark from a country outside of the EU or Schengen Area, you will only be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a member of crew on a ship, an offshore worker or marine engineer and you are entering Denmark to perform that job in Denmark or after having recently performed that job abroad.

Please note that special rules on discontinuing self-isolation apply to individuals entering Denmark for the purpose of working on the crew of a ship, working offshore or working as a maritime engineer. Read more under the drop-down menu "Is it possible for me to break self-isolating?".

Persons entering Denmark for cargo transport purposes or after having been engaged in cargo transport abroad are exempt from the test and self-isolation requirement. This applies to conveying goods both at one's own and another persons' expense. The type of cargo being transported is of no importance in this context.

Persons who work as active or passive aircrew members are exempt from the post-entry testing and self-isolation requirement.

Aircrew members may for example be pilots and cabin crew. Aircrew members include both active crew and dead heading crew.

Danish nationals and foreign nationals who are resident in Denmark or have a Danish residence permit and perform highly critical and urgent functions and have important reasons for travelling abroad are subject to the self-isolation requirement, but may temporarily break self-isolation if they have to physically show up for work or travel abroad to perform highly critical and urgent functions.

These may for example be persons essential to maintaining critical infrastructure, regulatory functions or other public services, including utilities, public authorities and political governance.

Such persons are required to self-isolate after entry, but they may temporarily break self-isolation in order to perform a highly critical and urgent function, provided that travel abroad is necessary in order to perform this function and their function requires physical attendance.

If you are not covered by the above exemptions to the testing and self-isolation requirement, including those that apply to persons who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, please read the exemptions below.

Persons who are resident in Denmark

Danish nationals with a permanent residence in Denmark and foreign nationals with a permanent residence in Denmark or a Danish residence permit entering Denmark after having been on a business trip or official trip abroad, such as to attend business meetings, deliver goods, services, etc., are exempt from the self-isolation requirement.

This exemption does not apply if your trip resembles a holiday, or if the trip is a combination of a business trip and a holiday-like stay.

Please note that the exemption 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).

Persons with a permanent residence abroad

If you have a permanent residence abroad and are entering Denmark to attend business meetings, you are not subject to the self-isolation requirement.

The exemption does not apply, however, if you have stayed in (except for 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).

If you are coming to Denmark to work, provide services or similar, you are not covered by the exemption, but you may temporarily break self-isolating while you perform the work or provide the service. After this, you will have to resume your self-isolation or leave Denmark without undue delay.

If you are a crew member working on a ship or in the offshore industry or a maritime technician and enter Denmark in order to perform such a function in Denmark or after having performed such a function abroad, you are exempt from the self-isolation requirement.

There are no special rules for diplomats with regard to post-entry testing requirements. This means that, as a general rule, diplomats must be tested after 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.

With respect to the self-isolation requirement, special exemptions apply to diplomats:

Persons who are resident abroad

Diplomats, including holders of a diplomatic passport, an official passport or a service passport, are subject to the self-isolation requirement upon entry, but may temporarily leave self-isolation if they enter Denmark in order to perform their official duties. The same exemption applies to heads of state, members of government or similar, including European Commissioners and their delegation.

Persons who are resident in Denmark

Danish nationals who are resident in Denmark and foreign nationals who are resident in Denmark or have a Danish residence permit are exempt from the self-isolation requirement if they enter Denmark on a diplomatic passport, an official passport or a service passport or have otherwise performed a function abroad as a foreign official or an employee of the Danish armed forces or a member of the European Parliament. Persons who have been on a mission abroad are exempt under the same rules as business travellers.

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.

If you are a Danish national with a permanent residence in Denmark or a foreign national with a permanent residence in or a residence permit for Denmark and you are not already eligible for the exemptions that apply above, you may still be exempt from the self-isolation requirements if you are entering Denmark after working outside Denmark as a border guard, first responder, police officer, firefighter, or if you have been involved in the removal and transfer of foreign nationals from Denmark or have escorted detainees to Denmark.

Please note that the exemption does not apply if you stayed in (except for 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).

You will still be subject to the requirement to be tested within 24 hours after entering Denmark.

Other questions

If you are entering Denmark from regions or countries that at the time of entering Denmark are categorised as a COVID-19 high-risk country/region, but which at the time of your departure were categorised as a COVID-19 risk country/region, you will be exempt from self-isolation even if the level of risk that applies to the country or region changes from 'risk' to 'high risk' during your stay. This is contingent the following: that the length of your stay does not exceed 15 days; that you did not stay for a significant amount of time in a COVID-19 high-risk country, region or area during your trip to Denmark; and that you did not stay in a country, region or area with variants of concern during the 10 days immediately preceding your entry into Denmark (see list of areas with variants of concern here).

If you are travelling in transit through a COVID-19 high-risk country or region or travelling through countries, regions and areas with variants of concern or stopping over at airports located in these areas, you are still exempt from the self-isolation requirement as you have not ‘discontinued your journey’ with a stay in any of these areas. ‘Discontinuing your journey with a stay in these areas’ is defined as going shopping, staying in a hotel or similar. In this case, you must self-isolate upon returning to Denmark.

Example:

If you are travelling on holiday to North Macedonia, which is categorised as a COVID-19 ‘risk country’ at the time of departure from Denmark, but which during your stay changes to a COVID-19 ‘high risk country’, you do not need to self-isolate upon returning to Denmark unless your holiday lasts more than 15 days. If you are on holiday in North Macedonia for 3 weeks, on the other hand, and the risk category of North Macedonia changes from COVID-19 'risk' to COVID-19 'high risk' during your stay, you must self-isolate upon returning to Denmark.

If you travel to North Macedonia, and it is a COVID-19 'risk country' when you depart from Denmark, you must self-isolate if, during your stay, North Macedonia becomes categorised as a country with a variant of concern, no matter if your holiday does not exceed 15 days.

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 test before boarding.

Vaccinated people are not exempt from the requirement for testing before boarding, as well as testing and isolation after entry. Previously infected people are not exempt from the isolation requirement, but are exempt test requirement after entry.

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.

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, generally. Passengers who do not comply with the test requirement may risk a fine of DKK 3.500. You are required to test, even though you are fully vaccinated or previously infected. Children under 15 years and certain other groups are exempt from the requirement.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 after entry must comply with the self-isolation requirement, even if they belong to one of the groups of people who would otherwise be exempt. Nor are you allowed to break self-isolating if you test positive for COVID-19, even if you have a legitimate purpose to do so. However, you may temporarily break self-isolating to seek necessary treatment in the healthcare system, including in order to be tested. In this context, you should follow current recommendations to reduce the transmission of infection.

Read more about the general guidelines on the Danish Health Authority’s website.

Persons entering Denmark from abroad are not subject to the requirement to be tested within 24 hours of entry if they depart from Denmark within 24 hours.

In transit through Sweden to or from Bornholm

Persons entering from Sweden after having travelled in transit through Sweden to or from Bornholm and who have not stayed for a significant period of time in Sweden are not subject to the requirement to be tested within 24 hours of entry. This means that you are not allowed to go shopping in Sweden on the way through the country to or from Bornholm.

Please note that special rules apply if you have stayed in countries, regions and areas with variants of concern within the past 10 days (see list of areas with variants of concern here). Read more about the rules under the drop-down menu "What rules apply if I have stayed in a country, region or area with variants of concern?".

It is advisable to check the rules for entering Sweden before you depart.

Requirements for testing and self-isolation are in effect until 29 June 2022. Please note that the rules may change. Therefore, you should try to stay up to date at all times if you plan to enter Denmark from abroad.

Persons travelling to Denmark from Greenland and the Faroe Islands are not subject to testing or self-isolation requirements after entering Denmark.

Violation of a testing or self-isolation requirement is punishable by a fine.

This means that you can be fined if you violate the requirement to be tested after entering Denmark.

In addition, you will be fined for violating the requirement if you, as an arriving traveller, do not self-isolate without undue delay at a self-isolation site for 10 days and if you fail to stay at the self-isolation site until the end of the 10-day period.

The fine will normally be meted out at DKK 3,500 for a first offence and the fine might be increased in event of repeated offences.

Entitlement to sickness benefit is contingent on, among other things, that you are unfit for work due to your own illness.

If the only reason for your self-isolation is that you have entered Denmark, you will not be entitled to sickness benefit. This is because in this situation, you are not deemed unfit for work because of your own illness. Nor will your employer be entitled to receive a sickness benefit refund.

If you are self-isolating because you have been diagnosed as infected with COVID-19 or because you are in close contact with someone who is infected, you are deemed unfit for work due to your own illness. This means that you may be entitled to sickness benefit if you meet the other conditions of the Danish Sickness Benefit Act.

If your employer pays wages during sick leave, your employer will be entitled to a sickness benefit refund after 30 days of sick leave.

Individuals with a CPR number (Danish social security number) or an administrative CPR number can download and print their test results from sundhed.dk or in the Coronapas app.

Individuals without a CPR number and NemID who need to document that they have taken a PCR test in Denmark can use the website Covidresults.dk.

Before you can be tested, you need to set up a profile on Covidresults.dk. Afterwards, you report for testing at a mobile or permanent testing station where you present the unique ‘Foreigner ID’ code assigned to you on your profile on Covidresults.dk. You can report to be tested without an appointment.

Subsequently, it will be possible to log on to the website and view your test results and print out or download testing documentation.

Instructions for using Covidresults.dk

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