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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark
Global Level 4 Health Advisory
March 27, 2020

Location:  Denmark

*Event:  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 March 27, there are at least seven daily, commercial flight options from Copenhagen to European hubs with onward connections to the United States.  There are seats available on daily flights departing from Denmark.

Schengen Visa Overstays:  Danish authorities announced new procedures for foreign citizens who have overstayed their authorized period of stay in Denmark due to COVID-19 related travel disruptions.  Effective March 23, when a foreign citizen is departing Denmark the Danish Border Police will assess the reason for the overstay (if applicable).  If the Danish authorities determine the overstay was the result of COVID-19 they will issue a letter to the person confirming that the date of departure from Denmark has been postponed by 60 days.  This determination will only be made at the time of departure from Denmark.  You should not go to a Danish police station seeking an assessment and/or letter in advance of your departure date.  Full information can be found on the Danish Immigration Services website.

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.