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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark
U.S Citizen Adult Passport Renewals during the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 1, 2020

Location:  Denmark

*Event:  U.S Citizen Adult Passport Renewals during the COVID-19 Pandemic

(NEW)  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic U.S. Embassy Copenhagen routine consular services remain suspended until futher notice. However, most U.S. citizen adults in the Kingdom of Denmark may be eligible to renew their passports using a mail-in/online option.  Review the eligibility requirements below:

Eligibility Requirements for mail-in/online U.S. Citizen Adult Passport Renewals:

  • You are eligible to use form DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewal Application if:
  • You can submit your most recent passport book and/or U.S. passport card;
  • You were at least 16 years old when your most recent U.S. passport book and/or passport card was issued
  • You hold a 10-year passport which was issued within the past 15 years;
  •  Your U.S. passport has not been limited from the normal ten-year validity period due to passport damage/mutilation or multiple passport thefts/losses;
  • You are not requesting a change in the passport data, other than a name change due to marriage or divorce or court order for which you can submit official documentation (marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order) to support name change. If you have changed your name in Denmark, you need to provide the American Citizen Services Unit with a certificate of change of name (Navneændringsattest) issued by the local church office (sognekontor). Please note that the unit will not be able to accept a print-out from your Nem-ID account; and
  • You currently reside in and/or have a valid mailing address in the Kingdom of Denmark

If you qualify, proceed to Instructions for DS-82 Processing by Mail and Online Fee Payment for complete step-by-step instructions on how to pay for and mail-in your passport renewal application.

Processing time is approximately two weeks from receipt of a completed DS-82 application.

U.S. citizens residing in Sweden are not eligible for the mail-in renewal option.

Global Level 4 Health Advisory: The Department of State released a Global Level 4 Health Advisory on March 19 advising all U.S. citizens who live in the United States to arrange for immediate return, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  If the Kingdom of Denmark is your normal place of residence and you plan to remain here, avoid travel to other, third locations until the crisis is over.  Countries continue to close borders with little to no advance notice to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and you risk becoming stuck in a third country if you travel.  If you wish to depart Denmark for the United States, you should contact your airline immediately to arrange commercial air travel home.  If your travel has been disrupted due to flight cancellations, please contact your airline immediately to rearrange your booking.

Commercial Flights to U.S. Still Available:  The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is tracking flight availability closely in an effort to provide U.S. citizens in the Kingdom of Denmark accurate, timely information.  As of April 1, there are at least seven daily, commercial flight options from Copenhagen to four main European hubs with onward connections to the United States:  Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, and Stockholm.  There are seats available on daily flights departing from Denmark.

U.S. citizens transiting through Frankfurt or Amsterdam will not be allowed to leave the airport while transiting.  They must stay at the airport between flights.

U.S. Embassy Operations:  Effective March 17, U.S. Embassy Copenhagen has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.  Due to reduced staffing at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, you should call or e-mail us for emergency assistance.

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.


*During this COVID-19 crisis U.S. Embassy Copenhagen will send a daily alert each weekday to keep U.S. citizens informed.