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Everything you need to know about travel rules between Denmark and the UK

Traffic lights, tests and self isolation - if you are travelling between Denmark and the UK here's what you need to know.

Everything you need to know about travel rules between Denmark and the UK
A line of British Airways planes in a queue at Heathrow Airport. Photo: Simon Dawson/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

From UK to Denmark

As of January 1st, 2021, the UK has been treated the same as other non-EU/EEA countries with regards to Covid-19 travel rules.

The UK is currently classed as “orange” on Denmark’s own traffic light system for Covid travel guidelines, meaning that travellers from UK to Denmark, who are not Danish residents or citizens need a “worthy purpose” to gain entry.

These reasons do not include visiting Denmark for a holiday or tourism, or visiting a friend or relative who is not a minor, or unpaid voluntary work. 

These include:

  • Work, business, studies etc.
  • A job in Denmark
  • Attending a business meeting
  • Carrying out services or transport goods in or out of Denmark
  • Being a seaman, aircraft crew member, or a diplomat
  • Having a job interview in Denmark
  • Being a pupil or student in Denmark (but only if physical presence is required)
  • Having a traineeship in Denmark
  • Attending a folk high school programme
  • Having an au pair placement

There are also “private matters” which constitute a worthy purpose to enter Denmark. These include:  

  • Being a spouse, live-in partner, parent, grandparent, brother or sister, stepbrother or stepsister, child or grandchild of a person resident in Denmark
  • Being spouse, live-in partner, parent of a Danish national resident abroad when you are travelling to Denmark together
  • Being the spouse, live-in partner, child, or stepchild of a person sent by another state who holds a diplomatic passport or a similar document
  • Being the parent of a minor living in Denmark
  • Being the primary caregiver of a minor living in Denmark
  • Being related to or in a relationship with a seriously ill or dying person in Denmark
  • To participate in the birth of a child
  • To continue treatment at a healthcare institution
  • To attend a funeral or burial of immediate family members
  • Owning property, a boat or a permanent place at a campsite in Denmark

You can see the full list here. 

What do I need to bring to prove my ‘worthy purpose’? 

If you have a job in Denmark, you should bring a copy of your employment contract and a recent payslip, and a work permit, if you have one. If you are self-employed in Denmark, you need to bring a certificate of incorporation. If you are a professional artist or athlete, you need to bring an email or letter detailing the performance or competition. 

If you are attending a business meeting, you need to bring copies of emails detailing the meeting, and contact details of the person you are meeting. If attending a job interview, you must bring a copy of the invitation to interview which includes contact details of people at the company. 

If you are a student you must bring a letter of confirmation from the educational institution, which states that the institution is open and that you will attend classes or exams physically. If you have a student residence permit, bring this too. 

If you are coming to work as an au pair you must present a Danish residence permit, registration certificate or residence card.

If you are coming to visit a spouse, lover or relative, you need to fill in this “solemn declaration”, detailing your relationship, and you are also advised to bring a copy of the health insurance card of the person resident in Denmark. Depending on the relationship, you should also bring copies of your birth certificate, baptism certificate, or marriage certificate. 

For lovers, the relationship must have lasted for at least three months, and the two lovers must have met frequently in person. This can be proven through photographs and videos, for instance.  

If you are visiting a child who is a minor, you need to bring the children’s birth or baptism certificates, and copies of your children’s health insurance cards. 

If you are the primary caregiver of a minor, you need to bring a document from a national authority stating that you are the primary caregiver. 

If you are visiting a sick relative you must bring confirmation from a healthcare professional passed on to you with the sick person’s consent, as well as documents proving your relationship. 

To attend the birth of a child, you can arrive up to three weeks before the birth, but must bring a copy of the maternity record and a letter from the mother confirming that you are the other parent and saying that she wants you to attend. 

To enter for medical treatment you need to bring a notice from the healthcare institution.

To attend a funeral you need a notice from the undertaker, church office or chapel, as well as documents showing your relationship. 

To visit a property boat or campsite in Denmark, you must show a deed of conveyance, contract of sale or tax information, or other proof that you are a permanent resident at a campsite or have a berth.

What do you need to show on arrival in Denmark?

Anyone travelling to Denmark from the UK, including Danish residents, needs to show a recent negative coronavirus test before boarding their plane, and also a negative coronavirus test after arrival.

If you are not a Danish citizen or resident, you also need to show a recent negative coronavirus test on arrival in Denmark, and also isolate yourself for ten days. 

You must isolate even if the test taken in connection with entry is negative, but can end isolation early if after four days you take a test which is negative.

Foreign residents and national, who lack Danish identity number such as a CPR number or NemID, can be tested at all PCR test stations in the Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand, or the North Denmark Region, but in the  Region of Southern Denmark and Central Denmark Region only some stations can test them. 

You need to register on the website before arriving to take the test, but you do not need to book an appointment. Once your test is complete the results will be sent to your account. 

The citizens and residents of EU and Schengen countries who are fully vaccinated can forgo these requirements. This does not however apply to people from the UK, who are not currently covered by the vaccine clause. 

From Denmark to the UK

The UK still has some lockdown measures and travel in or out of the country is only permitted for essential reasons including work, study, volunteering and compassionate grounds. However, this will change on May 17th when the ‘traffic light’ system comes into effect.

Denmark has been placed on the amber list for travel. This is what that means:

For entry to the UK you need a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours – Covid tests are free in Denmark for residents and you can find out how to get one. UK rules allow either a PCR test or an antigen test of more than 97 percent specificity and 80 percent sensitivity. 

You need to fill in the contact locator form – find the form HERE.

Once in the UK, you need to quarantine and buy a travel test package.

The quarantine period is 10 days long, but can be done at a location of your choosing including the home or family or friends.

You also need to buy a travel test package and take further Covid tests on day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine. These tests are compulsory and cost on average an eye-watering £200 per person – you can find the list of approved providers HERE.

Find further information on UK travel rules HERE.

Both Denmark and the UK still have plenty of health restrictions in place, so you will also need to know the rules during your visit.

Restrictions in Denmark 

Everything is now open in Denmark, with most remaining restrictions applying only to large events. But most indoor activities, including visiting restaurants, bars, cafes, museums, galleries, and zoos, and attending concerts or plays, require you to show a certificate of a negative coronavirus test less than 72 hours old. 

As noted above, foreign residents and nationals can be tested free of charge if they drop in to all PCR test stations in Denmark. You need to register on the website before arriving to take the test, and once the results are sent there, they can be used as a coronavirus passport. 

In Denmark, you must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, when visiting indoor museums or galleries, and when standing up in a restaurant, bar or cafe. Spectators at the theatre, cinema or at music venues must wear a mask until they are seated. 

UK rules

The UK is currently in the process of exiting lockdown and the stay-at-home rule ended on March 29th.

This plan also includes reopening pubs and restaurants for outdoor service only from April 12th and indoor hospitality from May 17th. You can find more on the roadmap on the UK government website HERE.

Masks are compulsory on public transport and in indoor public places although there are exemptions in place for people with certain medical conditions.

Member comments

  1. Could you change UK to England as these rules don’t apply to Scotland and it may confuse people?

  2. Do not travel before the 2 doses are given of the vaccine to you. God truly loves u, please apply all the covid safety measures and get vaccined + use the mask, eat and exercise healthy to not get the clots. Others and I too love u! Luke_14 Forsake everything everyone and your life for Him
    Luke_16 Work for Him not $$$, and HE will give you & your family food and clothing if they follow too
    Matthew_25 + Luke12 and 6 Sell all and give to the poor asap and keep every giving in secret
    Mark_16 + John_17 Share the Truth to all working together in love also peace
    Revelation_13-14 Never take mark of the beast right hand or forehead only way to buy or sell ¤not a vaccine or a mask, but could be a microchip implant or some quantum technology such as implant or dot
    Revelation_17-18 USA is most likely the Babylon to be destroyed in 1 hour with fire

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IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

The number of new Covid-19 infections fell on Saturday for the second day in a row, following a three-day plateau at the start of last week. Has the omicron wave peaked?

IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?
Graffiti in the Copenhagen hippy enclave of Christiania complaining of Omicron's impact on Christmas. Photo: Philip Davali/Scanpix

How many cases, hospitalisations and deaths are there in Denmark? 

Denmark registered 12,588 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, down from the 18,261 registered on in the day leading up to Friday at 2pm, which was itself a decline from the record 28,283 cases recorded on Wednesday. 

The cases were identified by a total of 174,517 PCR tests, bringing the positive percentage to 7.21 percent, down from the sky high rates of close to 12 percent seen in the first few days of January. 

The number of cases over the past seven days is lower than the week before in almost every municipality in Denmark, with only Vallensbæk, Aarhus, Holseterbro, Skanderborg, Hjørring, Vordingborg,  Ringkøbing, Kolding, Assens, Horsens, Thisted, and Langeland reporting rises. 

Hospitalisations have also started to fall, with some 730 patients being treated for Covid-10 on Saturday, down from 755 on Friday. On Tuesday, 794 were being treated for Covid-19 in Danish hospitals, the highest number since the peak of the 2020-21 winter wave.

The only marker which has not yet started to fall is the number of deaths, which tends to trail infections and hospitalisations. 

In the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, Denmark registered 28 deaths with Covid-19, the highest daily number recorded since 20 January 2021, when 29 people died with Covid-19 (although Denmark’s deadliest day was the 19 January 2021, when 39 people died). 

How does Denmark compare to other countries in Europe? 

Over the last seven days, Denmark has had the highest Covid-19 case rate of any country in Europe bar Ireland. The number of new infections in the country has climbed steadily since the start of December, apart from a brief fall over Christmas. 

So does this mean the omicron wave has peaked? 

Maybe, although experts are not sure. 

“Of course, you can hope for that, but I’m not sure that is the case,” said Christian Wejse, head of the Department for Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital. “I think it is too early to conclude that the epidemic has peaked.”

He said that patients with the Omicron variant were being discharged more rapidly on average than had been the case with those who had the more dangerous Delta variant. 

“Many admissions are relatively short-lived, thankfully. This is because many do not become that il, and are largely hospitalized because they are suffering with something else. And if they are stable and do not need oxygen, then they are quickly discharged again.” 

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a visit to an event held by the Social Liberal party that the latest numbers made her even more optimistic about the coming month. 

“We have lower infection numbers and the number of hospitalisations is also plateauing,” she said. “I think we’re going to get through this winter pretty well, even if it will be a difficult time for a lot of people, and we are beginning to see the spring ahead of us, so I’m actually very optimistic.” 

She said that she had been encouraged by the fact that Omicron was a “visibly less dangerous variant if it is not allowed to explode.”