This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Denmark set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact their embassy, high commission or consulate. You may also check with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and travel documents meet their requirements.
If you are travelling to Denmark for work, read the guidance on visas and permits as the rules have changed since 1 January 2021.
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Entry to Denmark is assessed by risk level of the particular country you are travelling from. This is categorised by green, yellow, orange and red ratings. Danish authorities will review the risk level weekly.
The whole of the UK has an orange rating. See below for full requirements.
If you are planning a trip to Denmark check the latest travel rules before you travel. You should check with your airline for any additional testing requirements.
If you are a resident of Denmark you can enter without a worthy purpose and without presenting a negative COVID-19 test. If you are a resident but not fully vaccinated, testing on arrival and self-isolation rules apply.
Entry to Denmark – not fully vaccinated
If you are resident in the UK, you will be able to enter Denmark if you have a worthy purpose. You can see the list of worthy purposes on the Danish coronavirus website. You will need to provide evidence of your worthy purpose.
The Danish authorities require UK travellers to present proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry or an antigen test (maximum 48 hours old by time of entry).
You will also need:
- To take a test on arrival and self-isolate for 10 days
- If you arrive by air, you must obtain a test at the airport upon arrival
- If you enter Denmark via a sea or land border, you must take a rapid test (antigen test) or PCR test no later than 24 hours after your time of entry
- There is an option to test to release after 4 days with a PCR test
- There are some exemptions including those delivering goods and services in /out of Denmark.
Entry to Denmark - fully vaccinated
Fully vaccinated UK residents or those previously infected with COVID-19 can enter Denmark for all purposes, without the need to test or self-isolate.
- Two weeks must have passed since your second dose and the vaccine must be one approved by the European Medicines Agency.
- You must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated or previously infected.
Entry to Denmark – requirements for children
Children and young people under the age of 18 who enter Denmark together with a parent who is fully vaccinated are exempt from the requirement to have a worthy purpose or to self-isolate upon entry if the parent is exempt.
However, children and young people aged 16 or above who are resident in the UK and not fully vaccinated are still required to present a negative COVID-19 test before entry, irrespective of whether they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or not.
UK Nationals resident in Denmark should travel with relevant documents - a valid passport, health insurance card, residence permit, residence card, EU registration certificate or personal identification document with proof of address.
You can check with the Danish authorities on their helpline (+45 7020 6044) for advice on the conditions of entry for foreign nationals.
For details of exemptions for eligible travellers, see the Danish authorities’ coronavirus website.
You can also keep up to date at the Danish coronavirus website.
Demonstrating your COVID-19 status
Denmark will accept evidence on the NHS app of vaccination record or proof of COVID-19 recovery. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
Face masks at Danish airports
It is compulsory to wear a face mask on flights from Denmark. Passengers are responsible for providing their own face masks. It is compulsory to wear a mask throughout terminals in Danish airports. You should wear a medical mask from the moment you enter the terminals, on board the plane, and until you leave again upon arrival. Danish health authorities recommend changing the mask every 3 to 4 hours.
Travel to the Faroe Islands
All UK resident travellers to the Faroe Islands must have a worthy purpose to enter in line with the Danish government’s requirements.
- Have a negative COVID-19 test at least 48 hours before departure to the Faroe Islands
- Take a test two days after arrival to the Faroe Islands
- Avoid large crowds and be extra careful until the result of your second day test is available
- If you test positive for COVID-19, or have been in direct contact with an infected person, you are required to isolate for at least 10 days to avoid infecting others.
Details of test centres and opening hours are available online.
You should check the latest guidance on entry requirements for travel to the Faroe Islands before departure.
Travel to Greenland
You can only enter Greenland, if you are fully vaccinated or have previously been infected with COVID-19. Residents and children 17 and under are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
There may currently be limited flight capacity.
All travellers must have a negative PCR test from a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden), which must be a maximum of 72 hours old at check in. You also need to complete a Personal Location form before departing for Greenland.
If you are fully vaccinated or have been previously infected with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine on arrival.
Be aware that restrictions on entry to Greenland can be reinstated at any time depending on the national and global spread of COVID-19.
Regular entry requirements
The Danish authorities have border controls at the land border with Germany. Border controls are also in place for travellers from Rønne, Helsingør, Frederikshavn, Grenaa and those using the Øresund Bridge, including all train traffic from Sweden. These checks will be in place for an unspecified period of time.
If you’re travelling using the land border, or by rail, road, or ferry you should make sure you have your passport with you. Allow additional time, be vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. Check with local media, your carrier, ferry operator or Danish State Railways (DSB) for more information.
When crossing from Denmark to Sweden various forms of ID are accepted, but must include a photograph, the holder’s full name, social security number or date of birth, holders signature, a stated validity and information on the issuing authority. Children under 18 accompanied by an adult with the appropriate ID are not required to carry ID themselves.
Greenland and the Faroe Islands aren’t members of the European Union. You don’t need a visa to enter for tourism, but you should get a work and residence permit before entry if you intend to live and work there.
The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:
- you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
- if you are travelling to Denmark and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days
- to stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Danish government’s entry requirements. Check with the Danish Embassy what type of visa, if any, you will need
- if you stay in Denmark with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit
Any time you spent in Denmark or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
At Danish border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay
There are separate requirements for those who are resident in Denmark. If you are resident in Denmark, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in Denmark guide.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.
Make sure your passport is:
- valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Denmark, or any other Schengen country
- less than 10 years old
The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum 3 months needed.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Denmark. Your ETD must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.