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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen
New Coronavirus Measures Announced for North Jutland; Travelers Seeking Appointments at the Embassy
November 11, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Copenhagen (November 10, 2020) 

(NEW) New Coronavirus Measures Announced for North Jutland: In order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Danish authorities announced new restrictions for residents of North Jutland in the municipalities of  Hjørring, Frederikshavn, Brønderslev, Jammerbugt, Vesthimmerland, Thisted and Læsø, where a new strain of the coronavirus has been discovered originating from minks in the area. The restrictions took effect on 9 November and apply until at least December 3, 2020. All citizens resident in the affected municipalities are strongly encouraged only to cross municipal borders if warranted by important and urgent circumstances, including to carry out critical functions. Additional measures for public transportation, testing, workplace, restaurants, schools, gathering, cultural activities, and other services are detailed on the Danish National Health Authority site:  https://coronasmitte.dk/en/restrictions-in-north-jutland.

(NEW) Travelers Recently Arrived from the United States or Sweden Seeking Appointments at the Embassy:  Danish government authorities strongly encourage any travelers arriving in Denmark from the United States, Sweden, or any other country currently classified as high risk by the Danish government 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, Sweden, or any other country classified as high risk will be permitted to enter the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen only if it has been 14 days or longer since your arrival to Denmark.  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 and we will work with you to find a solution.

Travel Nonstop to Denmark if Entering Under Denmark-Specific Border Exceptions:  If you are travelling from the United States to Denmark under one of the Denmark-specific border exceptions that are not part of the broader EU border exceptions (e.g. sweetheart declaration for the partner/boyfriend/girlfriend of a Danish citizen or resident of Denmark), we strongly recommend that you take a nonstop flight from the United States to Denmark.  In some cases, Americans have been refused boarding or denied entry into the Schengen Area when attempting to transit via another European hub en route to Denmark.  Many Schengen Area transit countries are strictly enforcing Restrictions on travel to the EU.

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. Detailed information – including a full list of Danish border closure exceptions – can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page (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.

Save Time Using the Passport Renewal-by-Mail Option:  Most adults can renew their passport using the mail-in option. Due to the limited number of in-person embassy appointments and the application processing backlog, we ask that you use the mail-in option if you are eligible. This saves you time and leaves available appointment slots for your fellow citizens who require an in-person interview with a consular officer.  Eligibility and step-by-step instruction for the passport renewal-by-mail option can be found on our website:  https://dk.usembassy.gov/passports

U.S. Embassy Copenhagen Open for Limited Citizenship Services:  The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is open for limited citizenship services:  U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notaries.  If you are eligible to renew your passport by mail, use this option to avoid wait times for an in-person appointment. Expect delays to receive your new passport or CRBA.

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.