We work on a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Denmark.

We provide emergency consular assistance and some services listed below for British nationals in Denmark. We cannot deal with any visa or passport application enquiries.

We also work closely with the Danes on responding to the financial crisis, minimising the threat from terrorism, building a strong and stable EU and on creating peace and security in Afghanistan. We explain UK policies to the Danish government, non-government organisations and media. We also report Danish views and policies to the British government.

We support British defence interests in Denmark, including developing links between the British and Danish militaries. We deal with trade and investment issues including helping British companies do business in Denmark and Danish companies do business with Britain.

The embassy works closely with the British Council Denmark on educational and cultural issues and with VisitBritain who deal with tourist enquiries for the UK.

Our services

Emergency travel documents

We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if are a British national and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

Only apply for an ETD if you need to travel urgently before you can get a replacement.

Please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at the Embassy in Copenhagen using the link below. Please call for advice before making an appointment if:

  • you have never applied for a British passport before
  • you are applying on behalf of a child

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact us by telephone on +45 35 44 52 00 as soon as possible.

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Copenhagen

Register a birth or death

Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas.

Notarial and documentary services

Information about official documents, letters and notes available at the British Embassy in Copenhagen.

Getting married abroad

In order to obtain a notice of marriage (NOM) you will need to reside in Denmark for three full days before the consulate will post it. After standing seven full days at the British Embassy the NOM will be taken down and a Certificate of no Impediment (CNI) may be issued.

If you need a NOM issued by the British Embassy in Copenhagen, you can book an appointment for a notice of marriage.

There are a number of alternative documents you may be able to provide to the Danish authorities in order to prove you marital status.

A no trace letter will actually give proof that a search of your marital status in the UK has occurred – something a NOM/CNI does not.

We recommend you communicate with the Danish authorities that this is what is now available to British nationals, as communicated to the Danish MFA.

In order to apply for the search you should telephone: +44 (0)300 123 1837 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday), where you should ask for a search to be made and quote the reference number “SEARCH 123”.

For Scotland you should find details here

If the Danish authorities ask you to provide documentation from a country other than Denmark or the UK regarding your marital status, then you will need to seek this information of your own accord. You may be asked to provide such documentation as well as something referring to your UK marital status. In this case a no trace letter will suffice.

If you are unable to provide documentation from a country other than Denmark or UK, then we advise you to communicate this to the Danish authority dealing with your marriage.

Living in Denmark

If you are planning to move to Denmark, or living in Denmark please see our guide for advice and information about living here.

Legalisation Service

Find out how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities with our general guide. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.

Travel advice

Please see our travel advice for information, news and updates about Denmark to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
  • UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in our consular office.

What our consulate cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf
  • assist with visa application enquiries

Our people

Vivien Life

Vivien Life

British Ambassador to Denmark

Contact us

British Embassy Copenhagen

Kastelsvej 36-40
DK-2100 Copenhagen

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