Important COVID-19 Travel
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.
This travel advice also covers the Faroe Islands and Greenland
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:
- Denmark based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. The FCDO is not advising against travel to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
If you are arriving in the UK from Denmark (including Faroe Islands and Greenland you need to self-isolate, unless you have a valid exemption. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Travel to Denmark is subject to entry restrictions
- From 1 March you can enter Denmark with a worthy purpose if you are resident in the UK. You must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 24 hours before entry. Children under 12 are exempt.
- You must also have a test on arrival and you are required to self-isolate for 10 days. There is an option for test to release after 4 days. There are some exemptions including those delivering goods and services in /out of Denmark.
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
- provide your journey and contact details before you travel
If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If you’re planning travel to Denmark, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.
There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.
There were over 850,000 overnight stays in Denmark by British tourists in 2017. Most visits are trouble-free. However petty crime such as pickpocketing exists, particularly in larger cities. See Safety and security
It’s illegal in Denmark to wear in a public place any clothing that conceals the face. See Local laws and customs There are exemptions allowed in Danish law, when concealing your face serves a ‘worthy purpose’, e.g. for health reasons.
There is a requirement to wear face masks on public transport, including taxis and ferries, as well as in all indoor public spaces including railway stations, shops and shopping malls throughout the whole of Denmark in response to COVID-19 until 5 April 2021. See Public spaces and services
The Danish authorities increased border controls at the land border with Germany in January 2016 and between Copenhagen and Malmö in Sweden in November 2019. See Border controls
Terrorist attacks in Denmark can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate including in places frequented by foreigners. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism
If you’re living in or moving to Denmark, visit our Living in Denmark guide in addition to this travel advice.
If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
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