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Persons resident in countries outside of Denmark

On this site, you can find the applicable guidelines for traveling to Denmark for persons resident outside of Denmark as well as relevant documentation to bring.

Persons resident outside of Denmark can enter Denmark with a worthy purpose and proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

 

Please note that persons traveling to Denmark by air, must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the plane. Persons who travel to Denmark on a journey with connecting flights in one or more airports must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before they board the first flight. 

 

For persons travelling to Denmark by air

 

See 'Proof of negative COVID-19 test required' below for information about testing requirements in connection with entry into Denmark.

Entry into Denmark in general

Valid travel ID

Read about valid travel ID that you must bring for border controls upon entering Denmark:

 

Travel ID

 

Other relevant documents

An official document that provides proof of your address, including country and possibly region, such as a document showing your registered address or the like, and a passport.

Foreigners with clear symptoms, such as fever and a dry cough, cannot enter Denmark.
Entry and disembarkation for passengers and crew members on board cruise ships and other passenger ships which have room for more than 100 passengers and which do not operate a regular service with regular arrivals and departures to/from Danish ports must obtain special permission from the Epidemic Commission or anyone else authorised by the Commission, see Executive Order No. 1207 of 13 August 2020 on the prohibition of disembarkation from cruise ships etc. in connection with the handling of COVID-19.
Persons resident in the United Kingdom or South Africa

As from midnight between 24 and 25 December 2020, stricter entry requirements apply to persons permanently resident in the United Kingdom.

Persons permanently resident in the United Kingdom who do not have one of the following special worthy purposes of entry will not be allowed to enter Denmark.

 

As from 9 January 2021 5.00 pm, it is required that in addition to proof of a special worthy purpose, travellers must present proof at the border to Denmark of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

 

Persons who travel to Denmark by plane

In addition to proof of a special worthy purpose, travellers arriving by plane must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before they board the plane in the United Kingdom. Airlines are responsible for making sure that no passengers board a plane if they do not have a negative COVID-19 test.

Special worthy purposes

Persons who are the primary caregiver of minors living in Denmark, such as a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family.

 

Persons who are to visit a seriously ill or dying family member/sweetheart in Denmark.

Persons transporting freight to maintain the security of supplies in Denmark or other EU member states.

Persons who have one of the above worthy purposes, Danish nationals permanently resident in the United Kingdom and other persons arriving from the United Kingdom are strongly encouraged to take a test upon arrival in Danmark.
As from midnight between 5 and 6 January 2021, stricter entry requirements apply to persons permanently resident in South Africa.

Persons permanently resident in South Africa who do not have one of the following special worthy purposes of entry will not be allowed to enter Denmark.

As from 9 January 2021 5.00 pm, it is required that in addition to proof of a special worthy purpose, travellers must present proof at the border to Denmark of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

 

Special worthy purposes

Persons who are the primary caregiver of minors living in Denmark, such as a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family.

Persons who are to visit a seriously ill or dying family member/sweetheart in Denmark.

Persons transporting freight to maintain the security of supplies in Denmark or other EU member states.

Persons who have one of the above worthy purposes, Danish nationals permanently resident in South Africa and other persons arriving from South Africa are strongly encouraged to take a test upon arrival in Danmark.

 

Proof of negative COVID-19 test required – for persons resident abroad.


Proof of negative COVID-19 test required upon entry into Denmark

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

 

You can use the test certificate below. 

 

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 24hours 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

Exemptions

Persons residing in the border regions Schleswig-Holstein, southern Sweden (Blekinge and Scania) and West Sweden (Halland og West Gothia) who have a worthy purpose with traveling to Denmark, must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days before entry.

 

Persons residing in the border regions, who do not have a worthy purpose with traveling to Denmark, must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

 

Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement in connection with entry into Danmark.

 

The below mentioned group of persons are also exempted from the test requirement:

 

  • Persons, who enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight, are exempted from the test requirement – except if the person is residing in the United Kingdom or South Africa, in which case, the traveler must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.
  • Persons in transit
  • The entry must take place without undue delay

 

Please note that persons in transit who are to travel to Denmark by air, is required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the plane. Persons who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, can be exempted from this requirement if they can present documentation for a positive COVID-19 test that is at least 14 days old at the time of the flight and taken no more than eight weeks before the flight.

 

Exemptions to the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for persons who have previously tested positive for COVID-19

 

  • Persons who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 can test positive up to eight weeks after the first positive test result even though the person is no longer at risk of infecting other persons. This is due to the inactive RNA virus in the body.
  • For that reason, it can be difficult for persons who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, to present documentation for a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.
  • Based on a recommendation from the Danish health authorities, persons who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 can be exempted from the requirement of documentation for a negative COVID-test taken no more than 24 hours before entry if they instead can present documentation for a positive COVID-19 test that is at least 14 days old at the time of entry and taken no more than eight weeks before the time of entry. This is based on a precautionary principle to ensure – to the extent it is possible – that the person is no longer at risk of infecting.

Worthy purposes of entry into Denmark


If you are a resident of a country outside of Denmark, you can enter Denmark if:
Work, business, etc.

You can enter Denmark if you have a job in Denmark or are a self-employed person working in Denmark, including if you work as a professional artist or athlete.

 

You can enter Denmark if you have a valid work permit for Denmark. The same applies if you have not yet used your work permit and the purpose of entering Denmark is to work.

 

Relevant documents

A valid employment contract from an employer in Denmark along with your most recent pay slip as proof that you are still employed.

 

If you have a work permit, you are advised to present it together with a valid employment contract.

 

If you are a self-employed person, you are advised to present proof in the form of a certificate of incorporation.

 

If you are a professional artist or athlete, you must be able to present proof of the working relationship and of the time and place of the work, such as an email or other written agreement on the performance of the work. Further, you must bring the contact details of a relevant contact person for the meeting/work in Denmark who can confirm the information provided by you.

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

Note

Persons, who enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight, are exempted from the test requirement. Except persons residing in the United Kingdom or South Africa, in which case, the traveler must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

Foreign train drivers and other train staff entering Denmark in connection with train operations are also exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Volunteer work is not considered a worthy purpose of entering Denmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are to perform services or transport goods into or out of Denmark, including if you are to transport goods out of Denmark in your private car for business purposes.

 

Relevant documents

One of the following documents:

  • Proof of the transaction in the form of an invoice, a receipt, a purchase agreement or the like.
  • Receipt for registration in the Register of Foreign Service Providers (Registret for Udenlandske Tjenesteydere), RUT. The receipt must be reforwarded by the employer to the employee.
  • Proof of social security (PD A1) in connection with work in another EU/EEA country issued by the authorities in the country of origin of the employer/the self-employed person.

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

 

Note

Persons who enter Denmark in connection with the transportation of freight are exempt from the requirement to take a test - except if the person is residing in the United Kingdom or South Africa, in which case, the traveler must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

 

Foreign train drivers and other train staff entering Denmark in connection with train operations are also exempt from the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test.

You can also enter Denmark if you are an aircraft crew member, a diplomat, an offshore worker or belong to another category of persons mentioned in Annex VII of the Schengen Borders Code.

You can enter Denmark if you are a seaman signing on or off in Denmark in connection with a crew change. However, you can only sign off from a cruise liner or a passenger ship with room for more than 100 passengers with the approval of the Epidemic Commission.

If you are a seaman on a cargo ship or on a small passenger ship (with room for 100 passengers or less), you can go ashore to exercise your right to shore leave. The general conditions applicable to the right to shore leave must be observed. If you are a seaman on a large passenger ship with room for more than 100 passengers, you can only go ashore with the approval of the Epidemic Commission.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation from your employer of where and when you are to sign on or off.

Proof of your business in Denmark, your employment contract and possibly a document confirming that you are travelling for business purposes.

If you are a diplomat, you must show your diplomatic passport and proof that you are travelling as an official of the state.

If you are a seaman and you want to exercise your right to shore leave, you are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

 

International air crew members are exempt from the requirement to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test when they enter Denmark as part of their job.

 

International ship crew members who are signing on or off in Danish ports and international workers entering Denmark to sign on or off at offshore installations are exempt from the requirement to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Private matters

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, grandparent, stepgrandparent, child, stepchild, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, grandchild or stepgrandchild of a Danish national resident in or permanently staying in Denmark or of a foreigner resident in Denmark.

 

The relationship must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person. Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

 

Relevant documents

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. You are also advised to bring a copy of the health insurance card of the person resident in Denmark. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

 

Download (english) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry

  

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

 

The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

 

Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark for the purpose of having parenting time with minors.

 

Relevant documents

Your children's certificates of birth or baptism or your diplomatic passport from your your family relationship appears and copies of your children's health insurance cards. 

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are the primary caregiver of minors living in Denmark, such as a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the authorities that you are the primary caregiver of the children and copies of the children's health insurance cards.

 

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

You can enter Denmark if you want to visit a seriously ill or dying person in Denmark. The spouse, live-in partner, sweetheart, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, siblings, stepsiblings, parents, stepparents, grandparents, stepgrandparents, parents-in-law and children-in-law of a seriously ill or dying person can normally enter Denmark.

 

The relationship between sweethearts must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person.

 

Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the relevant healthcare professional passed on to you with the sick person's consent. Moreover, evidence of the family relationship must be provided. This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. You can also present your diplomatic passport if it shows your family relationship. The nature and duration of a relationship of sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

 

This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc.

 

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc.

 

The nature and duration of a relationship between sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

 

Download (english) solemn declaration on relationship for use in connection with entry

  

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.

The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

 

Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are to participate in the imminent birth of your child with the consent of the mother-to-be. Normally, you can enter Denmark three weeks prior to the due date.

 

Relevant documents

As proof of the upcoming birth and your parental connection to that child you are advised to present a copy of the maternity record and a letter of consent from the mother-to-be stating that she acknowledges that you are the parent-to-be of the child and that she wants you to participate in the birth of the child.

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are to continue treatment at a Danish healthcare institution.

In this context, treatment at a private hospital is considered the same as treatment at a public hospital.

 

Relevant documents

A notice from the healthcare institution.

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

 

Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

You can enter Denmark to attend a funeral.

 

Relevant documents

You are advised to present a letter of confirmation from the caretaker, the church office or the chapel verifying that they are handling the funeral.

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

 

Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the testing requirement for entry into Danmark.

Legal matters etc.

You can enter Denmark to participate in legal proceedings.

 

Relevant documents

You are advised to present the letter of summons from the court.

 

Furthermore, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 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 Wednesday at 4.00 pm. After Wednesday at 4.00 pm, you can no longer use your test result to enter Denmark.

Hotlines to the authorities

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: 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.

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)