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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark
Suspension of Weekly Health Alert Message; Global Level 4 Health Advisory Lifted
August 12, 2020

(NEW) Suspension of Weekly Health Alert Message:  Today’s message is the last weekly COVID-19-related health alert the U.S. Embassy will send to U.S. citizens in the Kingdom of Denmark.  The U.S. Embassy will continue to maintain a COVID-19 information page on our website.  If you require our assistance, please write to us at CopenhagenACS@state.gov or visit our website here.

(NEW) Global Level 4 Health Advisory Lifted:  The Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Travel Advisory on August 6.  The Global Level 4 Travel Advisory was released on March 14 and advised all U.S. citizens who lived in the United States to arrange for immediate return unless they were prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  Effective August 6 travel advisories are once again country specific.  The Travel Advisory level for Denmark was changed to Level 3.  The text of the updated Travel Advisory for Denmark can be found here.

Travelers Recently Arrived from the United States Seeking Appointments at the Embassy:  Danish government authorities strongly encourage any travelers arriving in Denmark from the United States to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Denmark.  To mitigate the health risk to embassy visitors and staff, travelers from the United States will be permitted to schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen only if it has been 14 days or longer since your arrival from the United States or any other country which the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised against all non-essential travel.  If you have been in Denmark less than 14 days and have a true life-or-death emergency which requires an in-person appointment contact us at CopenhagenACS@state.gov to discuss.

U.S. Embassy Closed for Routine Citizenship Appointments Until August 13:  The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is closed for critical renovation work until August 12.  We will reopen for passport and CRBA services on August 13.  We regret the inconvenience caused by this temporary closure.  The Embassy will process cases as quickly as possible when we reopen, but there will likely be increased wait times for passports and CRBA’s for several weeks while we work through a backlog due to this temporary closure.  We remain OPEN for mail-in passport renewals for adults and emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Kingdom of Denmark.  U.S. citizens who do not hold a valid U.S. passport and have emergency travel needs may reach out to us by email at CopenhagenACS@state.gov to schedule an appointment for an emergency passport.  We will be working remotely during the renovation so please write to the email address noted above to ensure a timely response.

Commercial Flights between Denmark and the United States Remain Available:  SAS Airlines resumed nonstop flights between Copenhagen to Chicago and New York on June 10.  However, if you have an SAS airline ticket for summer travel to other U.S. destinations, do not assume the flight is guaranteed.  SAS has previously cancelled flights with short notice; check with SAS to see if your flight is confirmed.  From Kastrup Airport there are multiple flights per week on various air carriers to other European hubs from which you can board a U.S.-bound flight.  Flight routes from Kastrup Airport are being added or modified frequently.  Book tickets directly with your airline.  Check with your airline directly to see if your flight is confirmed.

Danish Border Restrictions:  The Danish border closure – imposed on March 14 – remains in place for tourism-related travel from the United States.  There is no definitive date when travelers from the United States will be permitted to enter Denmark for tourism-related travel.  Most residents in the EU, the Schengen Area, and the United Kingdom may enter Denmark for tourism-related travel if they have a lodging reservation in Denmark for six nights or longer.  Detailed information can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page (available in English).

A full list of exceptions to the Danish border closure can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page (available in English).  Exceptions to the Danish border closures are added frequently, often with little to no notice.  Check the Danish government COVID-19 information page frequently for the most up-to-date information.  Contact the Danish National Police hotline number for advice about whether your purpose of travel is permissible.  The hotline has English speaking operators and is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local and weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local at:  +45 7020 6044.

Overseas Voter Registrations –  Embassy Drop Off Option:  U.S. Citizens can drop off overseas voter registrations, known as Federal Post Card Applications (FPCA), at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Monday-Friday (not on holidays) between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Overseas voters should review the Federal Voting Assistance Program website for detailed instructions on how to register to vote overseas and receive an absentee ballot. FPCA registration cards dropped off at the embassy will be mailed to the U.S. through the embassy’s diplomatic pouch mail service and will take approximately four weeks to arrive at the U.S. destination.

Notaries and Social Security Services Remain Suspended:  Routine notarial and social security services remain suspended due to COVID-19.  If you need a certified copy of a document for Social Security, consider mailing your documents to us for this service while routine operations remain closed.  Email us at CopenhagenACS@state.gov for more information.

Unsubscribe from STEP:  A temporary change to email messaging was made for the health and safety of all Americans unexpectedly kept abroad during the COVID-19 crisis.  As a result, it is not possible for STEP registrants to opt out of receiving messages at this time.  Once the COVID-19 crisis is over you may unsubscribe from these emails following our regular procedures by going to this website and following the simple instructions to unsubscribe:  https://step.state.gov/STEP/Pages/Common/Subscribe.aspx.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Call the Danish COVID-19 hotline if you are in Denmark and experiencing flu-like symptoms:  +45 70 20 02 33.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Expect additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Denmark.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.