Official information British people moving to and living in Denmark need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.
EU Exit: what you need to know
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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Denmark while the UK remains in the EU.
While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:
Before you go
See our travel advice for Denmark and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.
Visas and residency
See entry requirements for Denmark in our travel advice.
If you plan to stay in Denmark for more than 3 months (more than 6 months if you are looking for a job) and you are not also a citizen of Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and associated territories (Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Asland Islands), you must apply for an EU residence document.
Once you have an EU residence document, you must register with your local civil registration office (Folkeregistret). When you register you will get a central person register (CPR) number.
See New to Denmark – official information for different types of foreign national who want to visit, live or work in Denmark.
The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.
In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.
See our travel advice for Denmark.
The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Denmark.
When you register at the Folkeregistret (civil registration office) you will receive a national health insurance card (Sygesikringsbevis), which gives you access to free medical treatment.
You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.
S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK
You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Denmark and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.
You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pensions Centre.
Once you get your S1 form, register it with your Citizen Office in your local authority, before you register with your local GP surgery and obtain a medical card.
Working in Denmark
Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).
Once you have registered residence in Denmark and have a CPR number, you should apply for an income tax card (Skattekort). Your employer will need this card.
Denmark and the UK have a double-taxation agreement to prevent income being taxed in both countries.
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Denmark.
You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
If you haven’t worked in Denmark, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.
If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.
Life certificates for UK state pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
You may be eligible to claim some Danish social security benefits – see Danish social security benefits. Your local municipality (Kommune) will be able to help you with any questions about Danish benefits.
Driving in Denmark
You must carry your driving licence with you when driving, or face a high fine.
If you’re resident in Denmark, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.
See travelling with pets.
UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.
If you need urgent help, contact your nearest British embassy or consulate.
Accommodation and buying property
Other useful information
- English-speaking lawyers in Denmark
- Translators and interpreters in Denmark
- Lawyers offering notary services in Denmark
Returning to the UK
See leaving Denmark.
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Danish authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.