COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 01/28/21

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Public, and government services remain open with some restrictions.  Shopping centers, department stores, and other shops are closed until 7 February 2021. Grocery stores/supermarkets, pharmacies and specialist shops selling medical equipment remain open.  Gatherings are limited to five people.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Denmark? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes

How to Get a COVID Test in Denmark:
Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. The order in which names appear has no other significance.

For U.S. Citizen Residents in Denmark

If you have NemID, the easiest way to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test is online via www.coronaprover.dk. Your test results will be posted – usually within 24 hours – to www.sundhed.dk. Show your negative test result from the www.sundhed.dk website to the airline agent to board a flight bound for the United States. You may also call the emergency line 1813 or Corona Hotline +45 7020 0233 if you are unable to book a testing time online or if you have questions about getting tested for COVID-19. A full list of COVID-19 testing centers in Denmark can be found on the Danish medical authority website.

For US Citizen Tourists/Non-Residents in Denmark

Tourists and others without NemID can be tested at many test sites in Denmark at no charge. However, Danish health authorities will call you if your test is positive and they will not provide you with a written documentation of your test result (except for pop-up testing centers).To obtain written documentation of your COVID-19 test you have two options:

      1. Arrange a COVID-19 test through a private healthcare provider, who will in turn provide you with written documentation of your test results. There may be a fee for this service.

The following private healthcare providers in Denmark offer COVID-19 testing and documentation – either in writing or digital – of the test result:

In Copenhagen:

Pop-up testing centers: For all (both U.S. citizen tourists without NemID and residents of Denmark). Currently, you can get a free test and the COVID-19 test result sent via email to you at one of these two testing sites. Note that the testing centers may close on a short notice.

At Kastrup Airport:

      • Airport Medical Clinic: Terminal 2 across check-in 102 on the 1st Floor
        www.airportdoctor.dk (Booking online. PCR – Result after 45 min., price DKK 3.500. Result after 2 hours DKK 2.400. Fees must be paid online.)
      • Business & Private Test Center: Amager Landevej 171, 2770 Kastrup
        www.airportdoctor.dk (Booking online. RT-PCR including certificate, Result after 2 hours, price DKK 1.800. Fees must be paid online)

Other private clinics in Copenhagen: 

      • Hospital Aleris-Hamlet – PCR and Antigen test aleris-hamlet.dk (Test results are submitted via their app. They issue an electronic certificate. When testing persons without a Danish CPR number and NemID, the test costs DKK 1,380 per sample. For online booking and result via the app, the cost is DKK 905 per sample. When booking through customer service: DKK 1,380 per sample.
      • PrivatTest PCR and antigen test PrivatTest.dk (test centers at Forum and Nordhavn metro stops) (The price of the test is DKK 595. The result is sent electronically).
      • Lægernes Vaccineklinik PCR and antigen test Lægernes Hurtigtest & Vaccineklinik (open on Saturdays and Sundays). The answer is sent electronically and can be obtained as an encrypted COVID-19 certificate. Price: Monday – Friday (before 11.00): 950, DKK- Friday (after 11.00) – Sunday: 1,450 DKK

In Funen and Jutland (Odense, Esbjerg, Aarhus, Aalborg):

      • Pentabase Private laboratory – PCR and antigen test pentabase.com (also open on Saturdays and Sundays). Their PCR tests range from Super Express (receive result and certificate in two hours, 1500 DKK); Express (receive result and certificate in four hours, 850 DKK); Same Day (receive result and certificate same day by 20:00, 550 DKK) and Next Day (receive result and certificate the second day by 20:00, 390 DKK).

On the Faroe Islands (Torshavn, Vagar Airport):

Thetis coronatest – PCR test, book an appointment on www.coronatest.fo. Result sent by email or sms after 24 hours. Opening hours- flexible for appointments (call +298 791 804). Price of test: 390 DKK.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information:

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No; unless the traveler qualifies for an EU and/or Danish travel exception
    • The Danish border closure – imposed on March 14 – remains in place for travelers from the United States. Only U.S. residents who qualify for a travel exception (called a “worthy purpose” by the Danish government) can enter Denmark. Some travel exceptions include having a valid residence permit for Denmark, attending a business meeting, or being the spouse, parent, or child of a Danish citizen or legal resident in Denmark.  Refer to the complete list of worthy purposes on the Danish government COVID-19 information page (available in English) to determine if your purpose of travel is permissible. If you consider your purpose of travel critical, but it does not appear within the worthy purpose list, contact the Danish National Police hotline at + 45 7020 6044 to determine if your purpose of travel is permissible.  The hotline is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time and weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time.
    • 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.  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).
    • Greenland:  The Government of Greenland maintains a COVID-19 information page with up-to-date entry requirements (available in English).  Travelers from “open countries” – as classified by Denmark – may travel to Greenland if they present a negative COVID-19 test result taken in a Nordic country (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, or the Faroe Islands) no more than five days prior to travel.  Open countries include mostly other Nordic countries and the Schengen Area.  A travel ban remains in place for travelers from other countries – including the United States – unless the traveler has a “worthy” purpose of travel as classified by Denmark; such travelers must quarantine upon arrival.  The full list of travel exceptions (i.e., worthy purposes) can be found on the Danish government COVID-19 information page (available in English).  All travelers to Greenland 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.
    • 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.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Denmark: Yes; Greenland:  Yes
    • Denmark:  Effective January 9 at 5:00 p.m. local time all travelers to Denmark – including Danish citizens – must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours prior to travel in order for an airline to board you on a flight bound for Denmark.  Check the Danish government COVID-19 information page for the most up-to-date testing requirements.
    • Greenland: Travelers to Greenland must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken in a Nordic country (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, or the Faroe Islands) no more than five days prior to travel.  Detailed information can be found on the Greenlandic government COVID-19 information page.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Denmark has testing stations located at airports, ports, and border crossing points.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Denmark: No; Greenland: Yes
  • Anyone coming to Denmark from a country or region against which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all non-essential travel – including the United States – is strongly encouraged 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.
  • Greenland: Travelers from the United States to Greenland must quarantine upon arrival.  Detailed information can be found on the Greenlandic government COVID-19 information page

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Denmark: Yes, Greenland: No
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Public transport passengers are required to wear face masks or shields.
    • Commercial flights to/from Greenland suspended
    • Airline passengers must wear surgical face masks from the moment they enter a terminal and while on board a flight until they leave the terminal after their arrival.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Danish National Police may fine individuals for violating COVID-19 regulations. The fine for failure to wear a face mask, violating gathering limits, or loitering in areas deemed “hotspots” is 2500 Danish Kroner for a first-time offense and can increase thereafter for repeated violations. Refer to the list of fines (in Danish) for more detail.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: U.S. Embassy Copenhagen is open for U.S. citizen passports, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services.  Visit our American Citizen Services information page for the most up-to-date information on consular operations.
  • Visa Services: U.S. Embassy Copenhagen is open for limited visa appointments, and cases involving life-or-death emergencies.  Visit our visa services information page for the most up-to-date information on consular operations.

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