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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark
Extension of Danish Government Restrictions; Update to Embassy Consular Operations
April 7, 2020

Location:  Denmark

(NEW) Event*:  Extension of Danish Government Restrictions:  On April 6, the Danish government announced an extension of the border closures through May 10.  The Danish borders are closed to all but Danish citizens, individuals with Danish work or residency permits, and those the Danish government determines have a critical purpose of travel (e.g. someone commissioned to provide goods or services in Denmark).  Additionally, the government extended the limitation on group gatherings to no more than 10 people and the closure of restaurants, cafes, bars, department stores, sports facilities, salons, etc. through May 10.  Large scale events (such as music festivals) are cancelled through August 31.

(NEW) Update to Embassy Consular Operations:  Effective April 7, Embassy Copenhagen has suspended all routine passport renewals – including the mail-in option for U.S. citizen adults – due to the closure of the processing centers in the United States.  Until further notice, U.S. Embassy Copenhagen can only provide emergency, limited validity passports.

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:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Denmark.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Denmark at this time.

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 7, there are approximately four daily commercial flight options from Copenhagen to European hubs with onward connections to the United States:  Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London.  There are seats available on daily flights departing from Denmark.

British Airways has scheduled direct flights between Copenhagen and London Heathrow on April 8.  After April 8 the British Airways flight between Copenhagen and London may be temporarily suspended.  If you have scheduled a flight on British Airways for a later date, please contact the carrier directly to rebook your travel.  Daily flight options with other air carriers from Denmark to the United States with connections through Amsterdam and Frankfurt remain available.  Book directly with the airline if you intend to return home.

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.

Unsubscribe from STEP:  If you wish to unsubscribe from the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), you must do so from your STEP account.  Enter the email address which you used to set up your account and follow the instructions to unsubscribe.

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.