COVID-19 Information – Updated August 3rd, 2020

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The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.


Country-Specific Information:

— The Kingdom of Denmark has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

— Flights to the U.S. are available via commercial carrier.

          • SAS Airlines resumed nonstop flights from Copenhagen to Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, with each route operating twice per week. If you have a SAS airline ticket for summer travel to other U.S. destinations, do not assume the flight is guaranteed. 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.  The most common hubs are Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, and Paris.  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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Denmark: 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.  The ban does not apply to most travelers resident in the EU, Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom; these travelers are permitted to enter Denmark for tourism if they have a lodging reservation in Denmark for six nights or longer.  The entry ban does not apply to foreigners who have valid Danish work or residency permits, foreign spouses, foreign parents, or foreign children of Danish citizens and residents, and those the Danish government determines have a “worthy purpose” of travel.   The full list of border closure exceptions and most up-to-date information can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page.
  • Exceptions to the Danish border closures change frequently, often with little to no notice.  A full list of exceptions to the Danish border closure requirements can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page.  Contact the Danish National Police hotline number for advice about whether or not your purpose of travel is permissible.  The hotline 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.
  • Border closures will impact a significant number of train, air, and ferry routes, including cruise ship traffic.
  • Travel to Denmark Under Danish “Sweetheart Declaration” Exception:  The Danish government permits “sweethearts”, fiancees, and other close relations of Danish citizens or foreign nationals legally residing in Denmark to enter Denmark, so long as the individual can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out no more than 72 hours before entry.  This exception is Denmark-specific and does not apply to all countries within the Schengen zone or EU.  If you are traveling to Denmark under the “sweetheart declaration” you are strongly encouraged to take a nonstop flight from the United States to Denmark to ensure smooth entry into the country.  U.S. citizens have been denied entry into the Schengen Area/EU when attempting to transit a third country in Europe en route to Denmark for this purpose of travel.  Many Schengen Area ports of entry are strictly enforcing the European Union travel restrictions on non-essential travel from outside the EU, which does not include “sweetheart” travelers from the United States.  To avoid issues at the port of entry, take a nonstop flight from the United States to Denmark for this purpose of travel.  Detailed instructions on what you must present to the Danish border authorities when seeking entry for this purpose of travel can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page (available in English).
  • 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.
  • Greenland:  Effective May 5, commercial air tickets to travel out of Greenland are available for purchase from Air Greenland.  All travelers to Greenland require proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within five days prior to travel to Greenland.  You must also complete a “Sumut” form prior to entry, which contains your itinerary and lodging details in Greenland.  That form can be found on the Greenlandic government COVID-19 information page.  Effective July 21 travelers are not required to self-quarantine upon arrival in Greenland or re-test for COVID-19 after arrival.  However, additional COVID-19 tests may be required depending on where in Greenland you intent to travel.  Visit the Greenlandic government COVID-19 information page for detailed information.
  • The ban on commercial flight and ferry services within Greenland – imposed on March 20 – was lifted on April 25.  The Greenlandic government continues to recommend, however, that all internal travel in Greenland be limited.
  • The Greenlandic National Medical Officehas additional information about COVID-19 in Greenland (available in English).  You can also call the Greenlandic COVID-19 Travel and Visitation Group for specific questions about travel to or within Greenland at +299 80 11 00.

Quarantine Information:

  •  Anyone coming to Denmark from a country or region where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all non-essential travel due to COVID-19 – which includes the United States – is strongly advised to stay home for 14 days after arriving in Denmark.  An up-to-date list of countries the Danish authorities consider “open” or “banned” for travel can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page.  Additional information about quarantine requirements in Denmark can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page.
  •  If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms and believe you have COVID-19 do not go to an emergency room, your doctor’s office, or the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen.  Call your doctor or the Danish COVID-19 hotline number at +45 70 20 02 33.  A medical professional will provide you instructions on next steps for testing and care.


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