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Travel out of Denmark

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

The list of questions and answers below was updated 13 January 2021.
Travelling abroad
Effective from 8 January 2021 until and including 7 February 2021, the Ministry advises against all travel worldwide. The tightened travel advice also advises against business travel that is otherwise considered necessary travel. However, certain exceptions apply, e.g. in connection with the delivery of goods and services in and out of the country. See the specific exceptions here

Additionally, a flight ban has been imposed on transportation of passengers from the entire world, who are unable to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 24 hours prior to departure. The flight ban will enter into force 9 January 2021 at 5 PM until and including 7 February 2021.

Read the travel advice for your country of interest here (Danish).

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, as this can change depending on both new local travel restrictions and changes in the number of weekly infections. You should always follow the local authorities’ instructions.

If you return to or enter Denmark you are advised to immediately take a rapid test upon arrival in Denmark at one of the free rapid test facilities available upon entry. Children under and up to 12 years old are exempt from this advice.

The advice to take a rapid test is a supplement to the applicable infection prevention recommendation that Danish and foreign persons entering the country are advised to self-isolate for 10 days. This self-isolation can be broken upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

Home transport: Travellers must follow the authorities’ recommendations on behaviour to prevent the spread of infection. This includes using face masks in public transport and the recommendations on physical distancing, hygiene, etc.

From 9 January to 7 February, an entry ban will be implemented for foreign travellers from abroad who do not reside in Denmark, please find more information here
Affairs, you must be aware of the risks involved. Your destination may be hard to reach, and local authorities may impose restrictions at very short notice. These restrictions may include border closures, forced quarantines, cancellation of flights, etc. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot guarantee against sudden changes in the approach taken by individual countries, including the cancellation of flights.

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, see above “Can I travel abroad?”  
 

For third countries, the travel advice is based on the EU’s list of countries where entry restrictions can be considered lifted. This list is updated biweekly and includes the condition that the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days cannot exceed the EU average.

 

When a country appears on the EU’s ‘open’ list, the Danish authorities will, as a precautionary measure, additionally assess whether the country can be categorised as ‘open’ based upon a specialist assessment of the COVID-19 situation in the country in question. Moreover, travel advice will only be adjusted for a country on the EU’s ‘open’ list if the country does not have any entry restrictions or quarantine requirements for travellers from Denmark and if the general security situation allows it.

The travel advice is guiding. It is your own decision whether you choose to travel. We advise you to be alert and stay updated on the travel advice for the country, as this can change depending on both new local travel restrictions and changes in the number of weekly infections. You should always follow the local authorities’ instructions.

For all other third countries, the travel advice remains ‘orange’, which means that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advice against all non-essential travel.


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.
 
As a Danish traveller abroad, you do not have to travel home immediately but if in doubt, we recommend that you contact your airline or travel company to examine the possibilities for returning to Denmark. There are currently flights available to Denmark either direct or through transit airports, but travel options may change quickly as we experienced previously in the pandemic.

Danes who live permanently abroad are encouraged to stay where they are and follow the instructions of the local authorities. As a rule, the same advice applies for Danes who are on a long-term stay abroad but it is ultimately your own decision whether you choose to stay in the country of residence or return to Denmark.

For guidance on precautions upon return to Denmark, see above “Can I travel abroad?”  

From 9 January to 7 February , an entry ban will be implemented for foreign travellers from abroad who do not reside in Denmark.
 
Returning home to Denmark

Danish citizens or foreigners residing in Denmark who return to or enter Denmark, are advised to immediately take a rapid test upon arrival in Denmark at one of the free rapid test facilities available upon entry. Children under and up to 12 years old are exempt from this advice.

 

The advice to take a rapid test is a supplement to the applicable infection prevention recommendation that Danish and foreign persons entering the country are advised to self-isolate for 10 days. This self-isolation can be broken upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

 

Home transport: Travellers must follow the authorities’ recommendations on behaviour to prevent the spread of infection. This includes using face masks in public transport and the recommendations on physical distancing, hygiene, etc.

 

You can read the advice of the Danish Health Authority and find more information here: coronasmitte.dk

 
The flight ban does not apply to transport of passengers with can document a positive COVID-19 test that is at least 14 days and maximum 8 weeks old. Read more here

Read more about how you document a positive COVID-19 test in the questions below.
If you need to document a positive COVID-19 test that is at least 14 days and maximum 8 weeks old, you can do that on sundhed.dk. Here, your test results are translated from Danish to English and French. If you wish to print the result, you can click CTRL-P (Windows computer) or Shift+Command+3 (Mac).
From 5:00 p.m. on 9 January 2021 through 7 February 2021, Denmark has instituted a flight ban on the transport of passengers, including Danish citizens, who are unable to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours before departure. 

Children 12 years and younger are exempt from the test requirement, but they are still encouraged to get a COVID-19 test.

Relevant Danish authorities have published a brochure that provides answers to common questions about the flight ban and tightened entry restrictions. The brochure can be downloaded here
The Minister for Transport has issued a ban on the access to air operations (flight ban) for passenger flights to Denmark for passengers without a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours from boarding. 

For a continuous journey, the following rules apply: If the passenger travels to Denmark on a continuous journey via stopovers at one or more airports, the test can be taken up to 24 hours before boarding at the first airport. The test must be presented in connection with the last flight that has a destination in Denmark. The airline flying the last flight must ask the passenger to provide proof that the test was taken within 24 hours of boarding the first leg/part of the journey. This documentation may be in the form of a boarding pass or other proof showing the time of start of the continuous journey. As an alternative to this, the passenger can take a test during the continuous journey, but prior to the flight with destination in Denmark. 

It does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less.

Read more here
 

In some locations, it can be difficult to obtain a rapid test before boarding a connecting flight on your route to Denmark.

In most of the airports, the test centres are located outside of the transit areas and tests must be booked in advance. Most airports offer PCR testing, but it can take up to 48 hours to get the result. The testing fees may vary at the different test centres.

You can find information here where, according to information provided, it is currently possible to obtain a rapid test in major transit airports (Danish only).

 

This information is subject to change.

The following types of COVID-19 tests are valid: PCR test and rapid test. Please note that antibody tests are not considered valid.

 

Both Danish citizens and foreign nationals must present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding the aircraft.

Danish citizens and other persons with residence in Denmark can continue to cross the border into Denmark by car. If you have not been tested for COVID-19 prior to entry, it is strongly recommended that you drive directly to a test centre and get tested. 

You should then go into isolation until you receive the test result. Additional rapid test facilities are being established at and near the Danish border.
 

You can travel through Denmark (transit) to a destination outside of Denmark, including the Faroe Islands and Greenland. This applies regardless of your habitual residence and your means of transport. You are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test in relation to the border control when you are to transit via Denmark. However, if you are to travel to Denmark by air, it is required that you can present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the plane. This rule applies as part of the flight ban.

Please, click here for more information on the flight ban, including test requirements and possible exemptions. For rules on the entry of foreign nationals into Denmark, refer to the Danish Police hotline on +45 70206044.

 

For rules on the entry of foreign nationals into Denmark, refer to the Danish Police hotline on +45 70206044.

 

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, however due to the current restrictions on entry into Denmark, you can only enter Denmark if you have a worthy purpose of entry. On the website of the Danish Police, you will find a reduced list of worthy purposes for entering Denmark, which applies to all travellers (arriving from both banned and open countries). 

Please contact the relevant Danish mission (Find us abroad) if you wish to hand in a 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. 
 

From 9 January until and including 7 February, stricter entry restrictions apply to travellers from all countries of the world who wish to enter Denmark.

On the website of the Danish Police, you will find a reduced list of worthy purposes for entering Denmark, which applies to all travellers (arriving from both banned and open countries). Note that a number of previously accepted worthy purposes have been removed from the list which is valid up to and including 7 February 2021.

You are advised to call the Police’s dedicated hotline regarding entry to Denmark. The hotline can be reached on +45 7020 6044. The hotline is available on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 8.00 and 16.00, Thursday between 8.00 and 15.00, and Friday between 8.00 and 14.00.

The entry ban to Denmark applies to business travels. However, holders of business visas who travel with a view to delivering goods and services can enter Denmark. 

 
Foreigners, who have a valid residence permit under the Working Holiday scheme, will only be able to enter Denmark if they also have a worthy purpose, e.g. a job.

On the website of the Danish Police, you will find a reduced list of worthy purposes for entering Denmark, which applies to all travellers (arriving from both banned and open countries). Note that a number of previously accepted worthy purposes have been removed from the list which is valid up to and including 7 February  2021.

The Minister for Immigration and Integration has decided to temporarily suspend all working holiday agreements. This means that the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) will stop issuing new residence permits for working holiday until further notice.

Read more about the suspension here.
If you have already submitted an application for a Working Holiday visa and the application has been sent to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), please note that it is not possible to get a refund of the fee of DKK 1,455 paid to the embassy.
 
Yes, and if you already hold a valid work or residence permit you can enter Denmark despite the entry restrictions.

If you have been prevented 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 also 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

It is still possible to contact the Danish Immigration Service as well as the Agency of International Recruitment and Integration.

With regard to 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.

Concerning 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

 

Please be aware that Iceland has introduced screening tests for COVID-19 and mandatory quarantine on arrival to Iceland. Read more about the travel restrictions and the mandatory tests and quarantine.
Other
The Faroe Islands are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does therefore 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.

If you enter Denmark from the Faroe Islands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ advice to follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines on self-isolation for 10 days upon your return will not apply. 

Greenland is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does therefore 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 not to travel.

At the request of the Naalakkersuisut, the government has introduced a general ban on civil aviation with passengers from abroad to Greenland.
In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Naalakkersuisut has temporarily ceased all air traffic from Denmark to Greenland until 1 March 2021.

 

During this period, only persons with a registered address in Greenland and persons performing duties in an essential service or function will have the opportunity to travel to Greenland by plane. Please note that a number of entry-precautions apply to these trips.

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.

If you are travelling to Denmark from Greenland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ advice to follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines on self-isolation for 10 days upon your return does not apply. 



 

 

The Danish Business Authority hotline can answer questions about the precautions which your company can take in connection with coronavirus. Tel: (+45) 72 20 00 34. 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.
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)