Travel out of Denmark

Information and guidelines from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark regarding travelling out of Denmark.

Below, you will find answers to the most common questions about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice in relation to travel during coronavirus/COVID-19 can be found below.  

To limit the introduction and spread of more contagious virus variants, persons entering Denmark may be subject to mandatory testing and isolation. Read more about legal requirements upon entry here.

Questions regarding entry to or transit in Denmark must be directed to the Danish Police (the Danish Police’s hotline: +45 70 20 60 44).

Questions regarding health-related issues and coronavirus/COVID-19 should be directed to the Danish Health Authority and to the Joint Danish Authorities Corona hotline: (+45) 70 20 02 33.

The list of questions and answers below was updated on October 15th 2021.

Travelling abroad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice offers non-binding guidance on travel rules and restrictions. It is ultimately your own decision whether you choose to travel.

We advise you to be alert and stay updated on the travel advice for the country that you plan to visit or transit in, as this can change with short notice depending on  risks to security and safety such as terrorism, war/conflict, social unrest, and natural disasters. You should always follow the local authorities’ instructions.

Persons entering Denmark may be subject to mandatory testing and isolation. Read more about legal requirements upon entry

Read the travel advice for your country of interest (in Danish): Rejsevejledninger (um.dk) 

You should always be alert and stay updated on the travel advice for the country or region in question, as this can change depending on security and safety situations.

If you travel to a ‘green’ country or region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises you to use your common sense and pay attention in the same way as you would in Denmark.

If you travel to a ‘yellow’ country or region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises you to be extra careful.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all but necessary travels to an ‘orange’ country or region.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travels to a ‘red’ country or region.

Should you choose to travel to areas not recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs e.g. orange or red regions and countries, you must be aware of the risks involved. Your destination may be difficult  to reach, and local authorities may impose restrictions at very short notice.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises you to contact your insurance provider before potential departure. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also recommends that you consider your personal safety and that you stay up to date on developments via local authorities, news media, and your travel agency.

You can find up-to-date information on travel destinations at the websites of the Danish embassies (Danish only)

For guidance on precautions upon return to Denmark, please read more here: Legal requirements upon entry.

During your travel

If the local authority where you are located proposes or imposes quarantine, you should follow their advice. If there are suspected cases of coronavirus where you are, you may need to remain in your hotel room or accommodation for a period, move to quarantine facilities, take tests for coronavirus and, if positive in some cases, be hospitalised abroad.

In this case, you should contact your travel agency, airline, or insurance company as soon as you can.

Returning home to Denmark

Persons entering Denmark may be subject to mandatory testing and isolation. Read more here: Legal requirements upon entry

For rules on the entry of foreign nationals into Denmark, refer to the Danish Police hotline on +45 7020 6044, or read more here

Non-Danish citizens with a permanent residence in Denmark need to be able to document their residency when entering Denmark, for instance by means of a social security card, a residency card, a lease, other forms of identification with an address, or through other credible documentation.

If necessary, the Danish Embassies can issue documentation of Danish residency if you are registered in the Danish Civil Registration System (CPR) and if you have no other form of documentation.

Visa and work or residence permits

Yes, you can apply for a visa, however, most nationalities will need a worthy purpose to enter Denmark. Read more about worthy purposes here

Please visit this website for information regarding where to hand in your visa application.

It is not possible to modify the issued visa. You must apply for a new visa for the time when you wish to travel. (See question “Can I still apply for a visa to Denmark?”)

If you have already been granted a visa, but are unable to enter Denmark due to the entry restrictions, it is not possible to get a refund of the visa application fee.

Please visit this page, to get an overview of country categorization and whether you need a worthy purpose for entry into Denmark: Persons resident in countries outside of Denmark 

Please note that from 25 October, the entry restrictions to Denmark will be eased. The requirement to have a worthy purpose for entering Denmark and testing prior to entry will be lifted. Note that some travelers must be tested and self-isolate after entry to Denmark. Please find more information here: Agreement on normalisation and simplification of COVID-19 travel rules.

You are advised to call the Police’s dedicated hotline regarding entry to Denmark. The hotline can be reached on +45 7020 6044.

 

 

If you have been prevented from leaving Denmark due to COVID-19 you must leave as soon as it is possible. In order to do so you must also consider alternative travel routes.

If your deadline for departure has been postponed, but you have not had the possibility to leave Denmark before this date, it is possible to apply for extension.

If you wish to apply for extension of your visa stay or visa free stay you can submit an application for extension of a short term visa.

Read more about applications for extension of short-term visas including in which situations a short-term visa can be extended in practice.

Read more about where and how you can submit your application for extension of a short-term visa

You can contact the Danish Immigration Service as well as the Agency of International Recruitment and Integration.

For extensions of residence permits handled by the Danish Immigration Service (cases of family reunification, residence permit as religious worker, and residence permit based on previous Danish citizenship, Danish heritage or affiliation with Danish minority), please visit: New to Denmark’s website.

For extensions of residence permits handled by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (cases of work permits, working holiday and residence under the EU regulations etc.), please visit: New to Denmark’s website.

Other

The Faroe Islands are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and therefore the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not provide travel advice for the Faroe Islands. For the same reason, the entry restrictions for Denmark also apply to the Faroe Islands. For questions regarding potential travel to the Faroe Islands, please contact the Police.

For further information regarding coronavirus in the Faroe Islands, please refer to the Faroese health authorities.

Persons entering Denmark may be subject to mandatory testing and isolation. Read more here: Legal requirements upon entry.

When you travel from the Faroe Islands to Denmark, you are not required to show a negative COVID-19 test upon boarding the chosen vehicle to Denmark.

Greenland is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and therefore the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not provide travel advice for Greenland. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can provide the following information:

Naalakkersuisut (the government of Greenland) urges companies, authorities and citizens avoid unnecessary travel to Greenland.

In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, please note that a number of entry-precautions apply to these trips.

From 10 August 2021, only fully vaccinated persons may travel to Greenland. Persons with residence in Greenland are exempt.

For specific information about the rules regarding travel to Greenland, please refer to the Greenlandic health authorities, which is the official channel for information and knowledge about coronavirus in Greenland.

Persons entering Denmark may be subject to mandatory testing and isolation. Read more here: Legal requirements upon entry.

The Danish Business Authority hotline can answer questions about the precautions which your company can take in connection with coronavirus. Tel: (+45) 7220 0034. Daily opening hours are from 8.30am to 4.00pm. CET (Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm CET).

You can find guidance for business travellers travelling to Denmark in the information material here

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Hotlines to the authorities

The Joint Danish Authorities hotline answers questions regarding coronavirus and restrictions in general caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, including COVID-19 related restrictions which apply after your entry into Denmark - for example requirements for testing and isolation after entry.

However, please call the Arrivals' hotline if you have questions regarding the applicable COVID-19 entry restrictions for entry into Denmark. 

Telephone: (+45) 7020 0233

Hotline opening hours

Every day from 06.00 (6 am) to 24.00 (midnight)

Foreigners arriving to Denmark will be refused entry into Denmark at all internal and external borders unless they comply with the requirements for entry.

If you cannot find an answer to your question on the website, you can call the arrivals hotline regarding questions on entry into and transit through Denmark.

The arrivals hotline can answer questions regarding the COVID-19 restrictions that apply to entry into Denmark - requirements on test prior to entry as well as requirements on having a worthy purpose. The hotline cannot answer questions regarding restrictions that apply after your entry into Denmark - for example requirements on testing and isolation upon or after entry. 

Telephone: +45 7020 6044

Hotline opening hours

Monday-Wednesday 08.00-16.00 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Thursday 08.00-15.00 (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Friday 08.00-14.00 (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

NB! The hotline currently receives many calls concerning the tracking and tracing of close contacts. To avoid wait time, we recommend that you call later.
 
If you are infected with COVID-19 or if you are a close contact

Call +45 3232 0511
Opening hours: All days 08.00 am to 10.00 pm.

If you see that we have called or if you have received a message from us, please return our call.

The Citizens Service Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only answers questions in relation to travelling out of Denmark and the ministry's travel advice.

Telephone: +45 3392 1112 
Email: [email protected]

Hotline opening hours

The line is always open.

Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot answer any questions related to entering or transiting through Denmark, nor about worthy purposes. Such questions can be addressed on the arrivals hotline of the Danish police.

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