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New requirements for persons from high-risk countries

Persons who are resident in high-risk countries and have a worthy purpose of entering Denmark must now present proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before entry.

Press release from the Danish National Police, 26 October 2020:

 

As the calendar turned to Monday, 26 October 2020, new requirements came into force for people who want to cross the border to Denmark. As a new requirement, people from high-risk countries must have a worthy purpose of entering Denmark at the time of entry and must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry.

 

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 16.00 (4.00 pm), you must have received your test result and your test certificate and have entered Denmark by Friday at 16.00 (4.00 pm). After Friday at 16.00 (4.00 pm), you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

 

Persons resident in the border regions (Norway, Schleswig-Holstein, Scania, Halland and Blekinge) are not required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry.

 

In case of lack of documents

If a person who wants to enter Denmark cannot present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry, the relevant person must normally expect to be refused entry as of Monday, 26 October 2020.

 

Persons resident in Denmark and/or of Danish nationality

Danish nationals and persons resident in Denmark can enter Denmark regardless of the intended purpose of their entry and without presenting proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

 

Also, persons resident in Denmark (Danish nationals and foreigners), who travel abroad are strongly advised to follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice and potential advice on self-isolation after returning from travel.

 

Persons who want to travel through Denmark

As regards transit, you are allowed to travel through Denmark if you have a worthy purpose of entering Denmark, including if you want to travel through Denmark to participate in a funeral in another country, if you are going on holiday in a country outside Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands or if you are heading for your country of residence or your country of origin.

 

This applies regardless of your habitual residence and your means of transport.

 

In those situations, you are not required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

 

Persons resident in the border regions

Persons resident in the border regions (Norway, Schleswig-Holstein, Scania, Halland and Blekinge) are exempted from having to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry, as long as they have a worthy purpose of entry into Denmark, irrespective of whether the rest of the country is classified as a high-risk country.

 

If the border country/region is categorised as banned, and the traveller does not have a worthy purpose of entry, the person will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before entry.

 

List updated weekly

The list of high-risk countries in the EU, the Schengen area as well as the United Kingdom is updated weekly by the SSI and the list of third countries whenever relevant, including on the basis of the list updated by the EU. Further, the requirement will apply to banned countries outside the EU and the Schengen area as well as the United Kingdom.

Proof of negative COVID-19 test required

Proof of negative COVID-19 test required

The police will check the test certificate (proof of a negative COVID-19 test) of the person who wants to enter Denmark at the border.

The police only accepts test certificates in the Scandinavian languages, German, English, French, Spanish or Italian.

The name of the tested person, the time of the test and the name of the issuer of the certificate must clearly appear from the certificate.

The test must not be inconclusive (inconclusive means that the test did not provide a clear result or that the analysis was void).

At this point in time, no specific type of COVID-19 test is required. The test must show whether a person is infected with COVID-19. This means that both PCR tests and antigen tests are accepted in connection with entry into Denmark whereas antibody tests do not meet the requirement. The person entering Denmark will be strongly encouraged to take a PCR test after entry.

The police will refuse entry if there is any doubt about the validity of test certificate.

 

Download declaration of negative COVID-19 test

Requirement for testing time

It is a condition that you can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry.

For instance, if you were tested on Tuesday at 4.00 pm, you must have received your test result and your test certificate and have entered Denmark by Friday at 4.00 pm. After Friday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

 

Classification of countries, requirements and exceptions

Persons resident in high-risk countries who have a worthy purpose of entering Denmark, including employees, are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry.

For countries within the EU and the Schengen area as well as the United Kingdom, a high-risk country is defined in line with the recommendation made by the European Council on 13 October 2020 to adopt a coordinated approach to travel measures (that is, red and grey countries). For a list of grey and red countries to which this requirement applies reference is made to the page Is my country/area an open, banned or high-risk country/region? The list of high-risk countries in the EU and the Schengen area as well as the United Kingdom is updated weekly by the SSI and for third countries whenever relevant, including on the basis of the list updated by the EU.

 

The requirement will also apply to persons resident in the border regions (Norway, Schleswig-Holstein, Scania, Halland or Blekinge), if they do not have a worthy purpose of entry.

 

Further, the requirement will apply to banned countries outside the EU and the Schengen area as well as the United Kingdom.

 

The requirement does not apply to persons resident in the border regions (Norway, Schleswig-Holstein, Scania, Halland or Blekinge), as long as they have a worthy purpose of entry into Denmark.

 

Nor does the requirement apply to persons who enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight.

If a person who wants to enter Denmark cannot present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry, the relevant person must normally expect to be refused entry as of Monday, 26 October 2020.

 

Hotlines to the authorities

Foreigners arriving in Denmark will be refused entry into Denmark at all internal and external borders unless they meet the entry requirements.

If you cannot find an answer to your question on the website, you can call the dedicated hotline of the Danish police to get an answer to your question about worthy purposes of entering or transiting through Denmark.

 

Telephone: +45 7020 6044

 

Hotline opening hours

Monday-Wednesday 08.00-16.00 (8 am - 4 pm)

Thursday 08.00-15.00 (8 am - 3 pm)

Friday 08.00-14.00 (8 am - 2 pm)

 

We are receiving a lot of calls at the moment. We apologize for the wait. You cannot send emails to the police about worthy purposes of entry.

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: bbb@um.dk

 

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.

The Joint Danish Authorities Hotline answers questions regarding coronavirus and restrictions in general caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. However, please call the Arrivals' hotline if your question is regarding entry to Denmark.

 

Telephone: (+45) 7020 0233

 

Hotline opening hours

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

We are receiving a lot of calls at the moment. We apologize for the wait. It is not possible to email the hotline.