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Coronavirus/covid-19

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

Updated 24 September 2020 at 16:58 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.

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

Questions regarding health related issues 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 the 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 categorizes these as either ‘open’ or ‘quarantine’ countries.

A country is categorized as ‘open’ if the infection rate drops below 20 pr. 100,000 inhabitants pr. week measured as an average of 14 days. For an ‘open’ country, our travel advice will be yellow if the country does not have any entry restrictions nor quarantine requirements for travellers from Denmark.  

A country is categorized as a ‘quarantine-country’ if the infection rate is above or equal to 30 pr. 100,000 inhabitants pr. week measured as an average of 14 days. For ‘quarantine-countries’ our travel advice will be orange.

The countries’ test regimes are also considered since the percentage of positive tests of all conducted tests must be below 5 percent. If that is not the case in a certain country, the infection rate is multiplied with 1.5, as the country does not meet the test criteria. You can read more about the categorization here (Danish).

For third countries, the travel advice is based on the EU list of countries from where entry restrictions can be considered lifted. This list will be updated biweekly and include the condition that the number of new infections pr. 100, 000 inhabitants over 14 days cannot exceed the EU average. When a country appears on EU’s list, the Danish authorities assess, based on a precautionary principle, whether the country can be categorized as ‘open’ based on a health professional assessment of the COVID-19 situation in the country in question. The travel advice will only be adjusted for a country on the EU list if it does not have any entry restrictions nor 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.

If you are returning from non-essential travels to countries, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against due to COVID-19, you are strongly advised to stay at 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 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs 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 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.

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

It is your own decision whether 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 due to COVID-19, you are strongly advised to stay at 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 and UK be expected to change?

For third countries, the travel advice is based on the EU list of countries from where entry restrictions can be considered lifted. This list will be updated biweekly and include the condition that the number of new infections pr. 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days cannot exceed the EU average. When a country appears on EU’s list, the Danish authorities assess, based on a precautionary principle, whether the country can be categorized as ‘open’ based on a health professional assessment of the COVID-19 situation in the country in question. The travel advice will only be adjusted for a country on the EU list if it does not have any entry restrictions nor 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

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 due to COVID-19 during your holiday in that country, you can stay until the end of your holiday. While abroad, make sure to adhere to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 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. 

If the travel advice changes from yellow to orange due to entry restriction for travellers from Denmark, you can stay until the end of your holiday. The advice to stay at home 14 days after returning to Denmark will not apply.

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 at home for 14 days after returning from your travel. 

You should follow the general advice 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. 

Read the advice 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 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

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 Statens Serum Institut categorizes your country of residence as ‘open’. Visit this page for information on country status. 

If Statens Serum Institut categorizes your country of residence as a ‘quarantine-country’, you can hand in a visa application if you 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. 

Denmark is in some countries represented by other Schengen countries who handle visa applications on behalf of Denmark. However, these agreements are temporarily suspended. Hence, it is not possible to hand in a visa application to Denmark through another Schengen country.

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 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.

If your country of residence is categorized as ‘open’ by Statens Serum Institut (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 1,455 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 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.

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.

Applying for a visa to Iceland at a Danish mission

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 here and the mandatory tests and quarantine here.

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 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.

All people travelling to the Faroe Islands must be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. Children younger than 12 years old are exempted. Testing will be conducted upon arrival in Vagar Airport or prior to departure in Hirtshals (ferry) and is free of charge. Travelers should expect long waiting times upon arrival. 

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.

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

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

Is there travel advice for Greenland?

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

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. 
 

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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