Travel restrictions on travel to Denmark

Last updated 7/23/2021
To limit the spread of covid-19, the Danish government has introduced travel restrictions and stricter border controls by the Danish borders. This means that travelers who are not Danish citizens or living in Denmark needs to be able to present a negative covid-19 at the border.
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Border control at Copenhagen airport. Image: News Oresund

The Danish government has introduced stricter travel restrictions at the Danish border.

Danish citizens and foreign nationals who live in Denmark will always be able to travel to Denmark.

The travel restrictions introduced during covid-19 applies differently depending on the purpose of travel.

 

Travel to Denmark from Sweden: EU Digital COVID Certificate

All citizens from from EU-countries are allowed to enter Denmark with a EU Digital COVID Certificate: A documentation of either a negative test, vaccination or a former positive test.

There will still be an evaluation system where countries and regions are categorised as either "green", "yellow", "orange", or "red". Each category is associated with different travel restrictions. The categories are re-evaluated weekly.

The current status of all the Swedish border regions can be found in the table below. The table is updated weekly based on the data provided by coronasmitte.dk.

 

Current status for the Swedish border regions (Last updated 23/07/2021)

Regions

Status

Skåne Green
Blekinge Green
Halland Green
Västra Götaland Green
Rest of Sweden Green


The status for other regions in Sweden, and the rest of the world can be found at coronasmitte.dk 

 

More information and all categorised regions and countries on coronasmitte.dk

 

When travelling you need to be able to provide evidence that you are resident in a border region. This can, for example, be evidenced by official documentation that includes an address, in addition to a passport or other picture ID.

Travel from ”green” regions
Requirements: Status:
Worthy cause needed for travel: No
Test before travel: Yes*
Test after arrival: No
Isolation after arrival: No

 

Please be aware that even if you travel from a “green” region or country, you are still required to present a negative covid-19 test at the Danish border. 

* Do note that if you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to present a negative covid-19 test at the border. You are considered as fully vaccinated 14 days after your second vaccine shot. 

You are also exempt from the test requirement if you can present a positive covid-19 test that it at least 14 days old, and at the most 8 months old, as you might still test as positive for months after your illness.

More information about when you are considered "fully vaccinated", what conditions you need to fulfill to be exempt from the testing requirement, and more can be found on coronasmitte.dk

 

Go to coronasmitte.dk

 

Individuals who travel from a “green” regions or countries can travel to Denmark without a worthy cause.

Travelers are also exempt from the isolation requirement on arrival.

Please be aware that even if you travel from a “green” region or country, you are still required to present a negative covid-19 test at the Danish border. 

Travel from ”yellow” regions
Requirements: Status:
Worthy cause needed for travel: No
Test before travel: Yes*
Test after arrival: Yes*
Isolation after arrival: No

 

Individuals who travel from a “yellow” regions or countries can travel to Denmark without a worthy cause.

* Please note that if you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to present a negative covid-19 test at the border.

You are also exempt from the test requirement if you can present a positive covid-19 test that it at least 14 days old, and at the most 8 months old, as you might still test as positive for months after your illness.

More information about when you are considered "fully vaccinated", what conditions you need to fulfill to be exempt from the testing requirement, and more can be found on coronasmitte.dk

 

Go to coronasmitte.dk

 

Individuals who travel from a “yellow” regions or countries can travel to Denmark without a worthy cause.

Travelers are also exempt from the isolation requirement on arrival.

Please be aware that even if you travel from a “yellow” region or country, you are still required to present a negative covid-19 test at the Danish border. You are also required to get tested after arrival in Denmark.

Travel from ”orange” regions
Requirements: Status:
Worthy cause needed for travel: Yes*
Test before travel: Yes**
Test after arrival Yes**
Isolation after arrival: Yes***

 

Individuals who travel from an “orange” region or country can travel to Denmark without a worthy cause, as long as you can present a negative covid-19 test.

*The requirement of a worthy purpose does not apply to Danish nationals and foreigners who are habitually resident in or hold a residence permit for Denmark.

 

Travelers are subject to the test and isolation requirement on arrival.

** Please note that if you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to present a negative covid-19 test at the border.

You are also exempt from the test requirement if you can present a positive covid-19 test that it at least 14 days old, and at the most 8 months old, as you might still test as positive for months after your illness.

More information about when you are considered "fully vaccinated", what conditions you need to fulfill to be exempt from the testing requirement, and more can be found on coronasmitte.dk

 

Go to coronasmitte.dk

 

*** Residents from the border regions of Skåne, Blekinge, Halland or Västra Götaland are not subject to the requirement of isolation after entering Denmark.

More information about the requirements for border regions can be found on coronasmitte.dk

 

 

Travel from ”red” regions
Requirements: Status:
Worthy cause needed for travel: Yes (Shorter list)
Test before travel: Yes
Test after arrival Yes
Isolation after arrival: Yes

If a region or country is categorized as having a high transmission risk from “worrisome covid-variants”, it will be categorized as “red”. The evaluation is done by Statens Serum Institut.

Individuals traveling from a “red” region or country can only travel to Denmark if they have a worthy cause for their travel. The list of worthy causes for “red” regions or countries is smaller than the list of worthy causes for “orange” regions or countries. A negative covid-19 test is also required.

Travelers, that travels directly from red countries or has been in a red country (transit excempt) within 10 days of the department time, are also subject to the test and isolation requirement on arrival.

More information about worthy causes for travel to Denmark

Test requirement

Travelers are always required to present a negative covid-19 test at the border, regardless of the classification of the country of departure. Both PCR and antigen (quick tests) are considered valid for "green", "yellow" and "orange" regions/countries. Only PCR-tests are valid for travellers from "red" countries.

There are different requirements for how old the test can be depending on the test. PCR-test can not be older than 72 hours at the time of travel, while antigen-tests (quick-tests) can not be older than 48 hours on the time of travel. 

Individuals who live in the border regions (Skåne, Blekinge, Halland or Västra Götaland) can travel to Denmark with a negative covid-19 test no older than 72 hours.

More information about testing can be found here

Exemptions from testing

Danish citizens and people with residency or permanent residency in Denmark, who travel from Sweden over the land and sea border, are exempt from having to present a negative covid-19 test at the border. You still need to be able to present a valid form of identification at the border, such as a passport.

Children up to the age of 15 are also exempt from the testing requirement.

Danish citizens and foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated and who are travlling from a yellow and orange country or regions, are also exempt from the requirement on testing and isolation after entering Denmark. You are considered as fully vaccinated 14 days after your second vaccine shot. 

If you have been tested positive for Covid-19 in the past and can present a positive PCR or antigen test (quick-test), being minimum 14 days and maximum 12 months old by the time of arrival, you are exempt from the requirement of test and isolation upon entering Denmark.

Isolation and testing after arrival

All travelers to Denmark from “orange” and “red” regions and countries are generally required to isolate for 10 days after arrival. The isolation can be broken after a negative covid-19 test result taken on the fourth day after travelling to Denmark.

More information about test and isolation requirement here

Exemptions from the isolation and testing requirement

There are a few exemptions the requirement – for example, if you have a worthy purpose for your travel.

Individuals who live in Skåne, Blekinge, Halland, Västra Götaland are exempt from the requirement of isolation after entry to Denmark.

Some groups are exempt from the isolation and testing requirement after travelling to Denmark. A few examples of those groups are:

  • Cross-border commuters who travel from Sweden to Denmark for work
  • Individuals who travel to and from their own property (ødegård) in Sweden
  • Individuals who are transiting through Sweden to and from Bornholm
  • Individuals who travel to Denmark for business purposes (note that you are still required to present a negative test upon arrival).

Please note that the above groups of people have to able to present a test which is no older than 72 hours.

Fully vaccinated Danish citizens or individuals, who are travelling from a yellow or orange country or region are exempt from the requirements of test and isolation after entering Denmark. 

Children up to the age of 17 travelling with a person, that har either been fully vaccinated or can present a former positive test, is also excempt from the requirement of test and isolation upon entering Denmark.

More information about travelling to Denmark from a border region on coronasmitte.dk 

 

Traffic information: Transport between Sweden and Denmark

There are several travel restrictions in force between Sweden and Denmark that affect public transport between the two countries.

Restrictions and rules on public transport

Face mask requirement on public transport

The Danish government has introduced a face mask requirement when standing on all public transport in Denmark. This requirement is also applicable on trains and ferries between Denmark and Sweden. 

 

More information about the face mask requirement at the Danish Health Authority

 

Reservation and seat booking requirement

DSB requires its passengers on InterCity and InterCityLynTog to book a seat in advance. This applies on all departures from Copenhagen airport for travels to other destinations in Denmark. This means that you have to book a seat on the Öresundståg if you are travelling further than Copenhagen airport.

Booking a seat is free and can be done in the DSB app or in DSB ticket machines.

 

More information about the requirementa at DSB

Transit through Denmark

You are allowed to travel through Denmark if you have a worthy purpose outside of Denmark and your travel through Denmark is a part of the natural route. This also applies if you are returning to your home country or country of residency. The trip should not include any unnecessary stops in Denmark.

When you transit through Denmark, you should have documentation ready that proves that Denmark is a part of your journey to your home.

 

Please note that a negative covid-19 test may be required, if you are driving or flying to Denmark from another country. This also applies if you are just transitting through Denmark. There are some exemptions to the rule, which can be found on coronasmitte.dk.

 

More information about transit through Denmark on coronasmitte.dk

Train traffic over Øresund

When you travel to Denmark by train from Sweden, you might experience border controls at Copenhagen airport. At a border control, you are required to present valid travel documents, such as a passport if requested by the police. It is possible that not all travelers will be checked.

 

Keep updated on the travel restrictions on board DSB trains at dsb.dk

Ferry connections over Øresund

The Danish police also perform border checks on the ferries between Helsingborg and Helsingør, or Ystad and Rønne. At a border control, you are required to present valid travel documents, such as a passport if requested by the police. The controls take place on the Danish side of the border.

 

Keep updated on the ferry connections between Helsingborg and Helsingør

Keep updated on the ferry connections between Ystad and Rønne

Information about covid-19 in Denmark

The Danish public authorities have collected all information about covid-19 and related border controls at coronasmitte.dk

 

More information about travel restrictions and general rules at coronasmitte.dk

 

If you have any questions regarding the travel restrictions, please phone the dedicated hotline (+45) 7020 0233.

 

Read our article about covid-19 related to border commuters

 

Are you travelling from Denmark to Sweden?

 

Read our article about the Swedish travel restrictions here

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