Last updated: April, 12th, 2021
*** 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.
- The Danish border is closed to most foreign travelers, including travelers from the United States. Under Danish guidelines, a maximum of five people can gather together indoors and ten people outdoors. Schools, stores, and cultural institutions are reopening in a phased manner after closing in December 2020. Some places require a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours to gain entry. Measures to mitigate COVID-19 in Denmark may change with little to no notice. Bookmark the Danish government COVID-19 website (available in English) to have the most up-to-date information about travel restrictions and other measures in place in the country. The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen cannot give U.S. citizens permission to enter Denmark.
- 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 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, some 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 and SOS International testing centers).
The following private healthcare providers in Denmark offer COVID-19 testing and documentation – either in writing or digital – of the test result:
Danish Regions testing centers offer free quick tests (antigen test) to citizens over the age of 12. The quick test doesn’t require an appointment and it is free of charge. You don’t need CPR number or NemID to receive a test result. Results are sent as a link by e-mail or text message.
- Frederiksberg, Frederikberg Rådhus
- København, Fælledparken (stands between Rigshospitalet and the old Post Office at Trianglen. The test site replaces what was behind the Park, near the stadium)
- København, Doris Lessings Vej 23
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.)
- Airport Medical Clinic: Terminal 2 across check-in 102 on the 1st Floor
- 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)
- Business & Private Test Center: Amager Landevej 171, 2770 Kastrup
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
- Waterfront Doctors perform PCR and antigen tests.Testing does not require CPRnr and NEMid. If the person requires a medical certificate, the clinic uses the passport no. Results sent via e-mail. The PCR test is 850 DKK, if test result is needed before 15:00. If test result is needed before 23:00, the PCR test is 1150 DKK. The price of teh antigen test is 480 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.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to COVID-19 testing requirements for travel to the United States, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Contact the Embassy at CopenhagenACS@state.gov for additional questions about humanitarian exemptions.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information:
- Has the government of Denmark approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are Vaccines available in Denmark for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Denmark? Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNtech) ; COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna (Moderna) ; Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstaZeneca) – Vaxzevria has been temporarily suspended in Denmark
- Danish Health Authority Information about COVID-19 Vaccination
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination
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. citizens 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).
- Exceptions to the Danish border closures change frequently, often with little to no notice. Monitor the Danish government COVID-19 information page for the most up-to-date information about border closures.
- Greenland: Tourism travel to Greenland is not permitted at this time due to COVID-19. The Government of Greenland maintains a COVID-19 information page with up-to-date entry requirements (available only in Greenlandic and Danish). There are some exceptions to the Greenland border closures, including travel for life and death emergencies. If you believe you qualify as an exception to the border closures you must apply for entry by following the instructions provided by the Government of Greenland. If your application to travel to Greenland is approved, travelers 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 72 hours prior to travel. 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 Office has additional information about COVID-19 in Greenland (available in Greenlandic and Danish). 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 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. In addition, all travelers age 15 and older must have a rapid test taken upon arrival at the airport. 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 72 hours 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
- Effective February 7, all travelers to Denmark age 15 and older must have a rapid test taken upon arrival at the airport. Check the Danish government COVID-19 information page for the most up-to-date testing requirements.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Denmark: Yes; Greenland: Yes
- Effective February 7, all travelers to Denmark must isolate for 10 days upon arrival to the country. The isolation period may be shortened if a traveler obtains a negative PCR test taken no earlier than the fourth day after entry to Denmark. Detailed information about isolation and testing requirements, including the limited exceptions available, are 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
- 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 violations of mandatory testing and isolation rules for persons entering Denmark is considered a criminal offense and generally results in a fine of 3500 Danish Kroner (approximately $570) for first time offenders and can be increased for repeat offenders. The fine for failure to wear a face mask, violating gathering limits, or loitering in areas deemed “hotspots” is 2500 Danish Kroner (approximately $400) for a first-time offense and can increase thereafter for repeated violations. Refer to the list of fines (in Danish) for more detail.
- 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.
- coronasmitte.dk (In English) https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark
- coronasmitte. dk (In Danish) https://politi.dk/coronavirus-i-danmark
- Danish Health Authority https://www.sst.dk/en/English/Corona-eng/FAQ
- COVID-19 Information and Resources in the Faroe Islands (in English) https://corona.fo/?_l=en
- Metrics regarding COVID-19 in the Kingdom of Denmark from Statens Serum https://en.ssi.dk/
- Danish Patient Safety Authority (In English) https://en.stps.dk/en/
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19