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Coronavirus/covid-19

Information in English about the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s travel advice in relation to coronavirus/ COVID-19 can be found below.

Updated 30  July 2020 at 16:09 hours. 

Questions regarding entry to Denmark and assessments of worthy purposes for entering Denmark must be directed to the Danish Police. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot answer questions regarding this matter. 

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 weekdays from 8h00 to 16h00 and on weekends and holidays from 9h00 to 14h.00.

You can find further information regarding the temporary Danish travel restrictions on the Danish Police’s website here. 

Questions regarding health issues related to coronavirus/COVID-19 should be directed at the Danish Health Authority. Please consult their website here

For a full overview of all available information from Danish authorities on coronavirus/COVID-19, consult the Danish authorities’ joint website on coronavirus/COVID-19.

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Travelling abroad

Can I travel abroad?

The travel advice of Ministry of Foreign Affairs are regularly updated based on infection rates, entry restrictions and changes in the local security conditions. Read the travel advice for your country of interest here (Danish).

For EU/Schengen countries and the UK, the Danish travel advice is based on data from Statens Serum Institut, which based on infection rates weekly prepares a list that classifies these as either ‘open’ or ‘quarantine’ countries. A country is classified as ‘open’ if it has a sufficient test regime and there in one week has been less than 20 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

For open countries, the travel advice is changed from orange to yellow, provided that the country does not apply strict entry restrictions or quarantine rules for Danes.

If infection rates start rising again, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may once again advise against non-essential travels. This will happen if the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a country reaches or exceeds 30 within one week and Statens Serum Institut changes the classification to ‘quarantine’.

For third countries, the travel advice from 2 July onwards will be based on the EU list of countries from where the entry restrictions can be lifted. This list will be updated biweekly and include the condition that the number of new infections per 100.000 inhabitants over 14 days cannot exceed the EU average for that period.

For countries on the list, the travel advice will be changed from orange to yellow, provided that the general security situation allows it and the country does not apply strict entry restrictions or quarantine rules for Danes.

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.

If you are returning from non-essential travels to countries, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against, you are strongly advised to stay home for 14 days after returning from your travel. This advice applies to both Danes and foreigners entering Denmark.

Those returning from travel should follow the Danish Health Authorities’ general advice on limiting the spread of infection in the community.

What precautions should I take if I travel abroad?

If you travel to a ‘yellow’ country, the MFA advises 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. The MFA also refers to its MFA’s advice for travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic (Danish only).

Should you choose to travel to areas where we do not recommend travel, you must be aware of the risks involved. Your destination may be hard to reach, and local authorities may impose restrictions with very short notice. These restrictions may include forced quarantines, cancellation of flights, border closures, etc. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark 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 of Denmark 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.

Find up to date information on travel destinations at the websites of the Danish embassies. 

In the end, it is your own decision, whether or not you choose to travel. You should carefully examine whether you have sufficient insurance coverage. If you have any doubts regarding your coverage you should contact your insurance company.

If you are returning from non-essential travels to countries that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against, you are strongly advised to stay home for 14 days after returning from your travel. This advice applies to both Danes and foreigners entering Denmark.

When can the Danish travel advice to non-EU/Schengen countries be expected to change?

For third countries, the travel advice will from 2 July onwards be based on the EU list of countries from where the entry restrictions can be lifted. This list will be updated biweekly and include the condition that the number of new infections per 100.000 inhabitants over 14 days cannot exceed the EU average for that period.

For countries on the list, the travel advice will be changed from orange to yellow, provided that the general security situation allows it and the country does not apply strict entry restrictions or quarantine rules for Danes.

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

What should I do if I am stranded abroad?

If you are stranded, explore all possibilities for return travel to Denmark, including contacting your travel agency, airline and insurance company. Return travel may also be available via connecting flights in other countries. This recommendation applies for all Danes and persons residing in Denmark.

You (or, if applicable, your insurance company) will have to pay for your return travel in such a situation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has no authority to cover the travel expenses of citizens.

If there are no available options for return travel, find appropriate accommodations where you can meet your daily needs. Follow the instructions of the local authorities and sign up on Danskerlisten.

If you need consular assistance, write to the local Danish Embassy or Consulate. You can also contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s Global Help Desk 24 hours a day by writing to bbb@um.dk or calling (+45) 33 92 11 12.

What do I do if I am quarantined abroad?

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.

What should I do if the travel advice changes risk level to ‘orange’ during my holiday?

If the travel advice changes from yellow to orange during your holiday in that country, you can stay until the end of your holiday. While abroad, make sure to adhere to the MFA’s travel advice during corona times. The advice to stay at home 14 days after returning to Denmark will not apply. Instead, you are advised to take a test upon return to Denmark. 

You should keep up to date with the development in infections, which can vary significantly from one region to another. Statens Serum Institut will provide weekly updates on regional infection rates for most EU/Schengen countries as well as for the UK. If you are staying in a region where the infection rate goes up significantly, you are advised to take a test upon your return to Denmark.

Returning home to Denmark

What should I do when returning home to Denmark?

If you are returning to Denmark from travel to a country or region, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all non-essential travel due to COVID-19, you are strongly advised to stay home for 14 days after returning from your travel. You are also advised to use a face mask when you arrive in Denmark, for example on your way home from the airport. 

You should follow the general advise of the Danish Health Authority regarding COVID-19.

If you are returning from a country which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not advise against and follow the MFA’s advice for travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not advised to stay at home for 14 days or to use a face mask upon arrival. 

If you return from your own private farm- or summerhouse in a Nordic country, you are not advised to you stay at home for 14 days or to use a face mask upon arrival, regardless of whether the general travel advice for the specific country/region is orange.

Read the advise of the Danish Health Authority and find more information on https://politi.dk/corona/

Can Danish embassies document that I reside in Denmark?

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

If necessary, the Danish Embassy 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

Can I still apply for a visa to Denmark?

Visa operations are limited due to the current restrictions on entry into Denmark. You can hand in a visa application if your country of residence is on the list of open countries. Visit this page for information on country status. If you are travelling for tourism, you are required to document six planned overnight stays in Denmark. 

For other countries, you can hand in a visa application if you have to travel to Denmark before 31 August 2020, have a worthy purpose for entering Denmark and the relevant Danish mission has the capacity to receive the application. Read more about what constitutes a worthy purpose on the website of the Danish Police. Please contact the relevant Danish mission (Find us abroad) if you wish to hand in a visa application. 

I have a valid visa, but I must postpone my trip to a future date. Can the visa be modified?

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. 

Can I enter Denmark, if I already have a valid Schengen visa?

Entry into Denmark has been restricted. You are advised call the police’s dedicated hotline regarding entry to Denmark. The hotline can be reached on +45 7020 6044. The hotline is available on weekdays from 8h00 to 16h00.

If your country of residence is on the list of open countries, you can enter Denmark on your Schengen visa. Travelers on business visas can also enter Denmark.

You can find further information regarding the temporary Danish travel restrictions on the Danish Police’s website here.

I have been issued a Working Holiday visa. Can I enter Denmark?

Foreign nationals who have already obtained a residence permit under the Working Holiday scheme will still be able to enter Denmark.

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) until further notice will stop issuing new residence permits for Working Holiday.

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 1455 DKK paid to the embassy.
 

Can I still apply for a work or residence permit?

Yes, and if you already hold a valid work or residence permit you can enter Denmark despite the entry restrictions

Can I extend my short stay visa in Denmark?

It is currently not possible to apply for an extension of a short stay visa in Denmark because the Danish Immigration Service’s Citizen Service is closed for visitors. If you have not been able to leave Denmark in time due to the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) you will get a letter stating that your departure date for leaving Denmark has been postponed for 60 days, counted from the date when the letter is issued. You will receive the letter from the police at the airport when you leave Denmark. Please visit New to Denmark’s website for more information.

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

With regards 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.

With regards to 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

Is there travel advice for the Faroe Islands?

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

If you enter Denmark from the Faroe Islands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not advise you to stay at home for 14 days. The Faroe Islands follow the same reopening of the borders as Denmark.

All people travelling to the Faroe Islands must be tested for COVID-19 at arrival. Children younger than 12 do not need to be tested. Tests will be conducted upon arrival in Vagar Airport or before departure in Hirtshals (ferry) and are free of charge.

Everyone coming to the Faroe Islands should self-quarantine until they have received the result of the test they must take upon arrival. The results are usually ready on the same evening or the following midday at the latest.

Furthermore, the Faroese authorities strongly recommend that travelers get tested on the 6th day after arrival. This test is also free of charge. Until the test result for the 6th day is available, travelers need to be particularly cautious and follow public health guidelines closely.

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

Is there travel advice for Greenland?

Greenland is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark does therefore not provide travel advice for Greenland. For the same reason, the entry restrictions of Denmark also applies to Greenland. In addition to this, the Government of Greenland has imposed a number of entry restrictions you can read about below.

Naalakkersuisut - The Government of Greenland has announced that all passengers are required to fill out a “Sumut”-form prior to entering Greenland. Furthermore, you must provide documentation of a negative test result, which must have been, performed a maximum of five days prior to the departure.

If you travel to 10 selected towns and 2 selected settlements, no additional rules will apply.

To travel on to other towns, settlements or smaller residential areas, you must be re-tested five days after arriving to Greenland. Until you have a negative re-test, or until you have stayed for 14 days in Greenland, you must stay in one of the above towns or settlements.

If your test result is positive test, you will be contacted by the National Medical Office regarding starting your self-isolation.

All inbound air passengers must keep their masks on until they reach their final destination, unless they have stayed for more than 14 days in Greenland, the Faroe Islands or Iceland.

For additional information please refer to the Greenlandic health authorities which is the official channel in Greenland for information and knowledge regarding the coronavirus.

If you enter Denmark from Greenland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not advise you to stay at home for 14 days.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the impact of coronavirus on my company?

The Danish Business Authority hotline can answer questions about the precautions your company can take in connection with coronavirus. Tel: (+45) 72 20 00 34. Opening hours are daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CET (Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CET).

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

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