Travel to Denmark for people registered in Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Västra Götaland
New border region restrictions from the 9th January 2021
Residents in the border regions can continue to travel to Denmark provided they have a valid purpose. In addition, from the 9th of January, they also need to present a negative covid-19 test at the border. For cross-border commuters and for those traveling to Denmark with a valid purpose, the negative covid-19test can be max 7 days old.
If you live in a border region, but your reason for travel is not considered a valid purpose, a negative covid-19 test that is at most 24 hours old is required.
The border regions Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Västra Götaland
For people residing in the border regions Skåne, Halland, Blekinge and Västra Götaland, special rules apply.
If you want to travel to Denmark from a border region, you can do so with a 'valid purpose':
- A valid travel document, such as a passport or other valid travel documentation.
- Proof of that you are a resident of a border region – we recommend a “personbevis” called “Hemortsbevis” – this contains up to date information about what “län” (province) that you are registered in.
- If you have BankID, you can print out the document from skatteverket.se
- If you do not have BankID, you can order a hemortsbevis and have it sent to your registered address. This takes about 2-3 working days.
- A negative covid-19 test which cannot be older than 7 days. The information about who can get tested and how in your region can be found on 1177.se
There are also private actors who offer a covid-19 test against a surcharge. Anti-body tests are not considered valid at the border.
If you want to travel to Denmark from a border region without a valid purpose, you will need a negative covid-19test that is no more than 24 hours old.
Covid-19 tests in Sweden
Information on the different ways to get tested within your region can be found at 1177.se. Please note that so called at-home-tests are not considered valid.
Region Skåne is offering one free test for Swedes travelling into Denmark for work if you do not have symptoms of covid-19. More information on 1177 (in Swedish)
The Danish police have uploaded a certification template for a negative test.
There are also private companies that offer covid-19 tests, but there are not free of charge.
Covid-19 tests in Denmark
If you are a border commuter who have done a covid-19 test in Sweden to get to your work in Denmark, please be aware that the test can be no more than 7 days old at the time of travel. It might be easier to get tested in Denmark. If you have an administrative CPR number, you can get tested for covid-19 in Denmark.
Be aware of the following:
- The so-called "home-tests" (hemmatest) are not valid for travel.
- Anti-body tests are not valid for travel.
- The Danish policy can stop a person from entering Denmark if that person displays clear signs of illness; for example a cough or a fever.
- If you tested positive for covid-19 but have now recovered, you are exempt from having to present a negative covid-19 test as you are likely to test positive even though you have recovered and are no longer contageous. The positive test has to be at least 14 days old.
Travel from the rest of Sweden
If you do not live in a border region, you can only travel to Denmark if you have a worty purpose and a negative covid-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.
Transit through Copenhagen Airport
Do you need to enter Denmark at Copenhagen Airport to transit to another flight to another country? In order to make your transit, you are required to provide proof that you have taken a negative covid-19 test within 24 hour of your entry into Denmark. The tests are checked at the airport before bording a plane to Denmark.
Passengers flying to Denmark from Greenland and the Faroe Island are exempt from the testing requirement. Children under the age of 12 are also exempt.
Travel information from The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Utrikesdepartementet)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously adviced against all non-essential travel to Denmark. This advice was lifted on the 29th July 2020.
Make sure your insurance covers your travel
If you chose to travel despite the travel advice against travel to Denmark, it is especially important that you make sure that your insurance covers your travel. Many travel insurances do not cover trips to countries that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advices against. If you become ill, you can use the blue European Health Insurance Card to access healthcare on the same terms as Danish citizens.
Check if your employer has any internal travel-restrictions
In principle, your Swedish employers cannot demand that you do not travel to Denmark. However, your employer is required to provide a safe working environment for all employees, which includes making sure that there is not a risk for covid-19 transmission in the workplace. In this sense, your employer can decide how your travel should be treated in relation to your work. If you chose to travel against the recommendation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, you might be required to quarantine when you get back to Sweden.
A list over what regions and countries that are categorized as banned or open is updated every week. We update this article continuously.
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Danish travel restrictions due to coronavirus/covid-19
The Danish police is conducting random border controls at the Danish border. For motor traffic, this happens on Pepparholm and for train traffic at Copenhagen airport station. Read more about what documentation you need to cross the border here.