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UPDATE: Everything you need to know about travel between Denmark and the US

UPDATE: Everything you need to know about travel between Denmark and the US
Tourism between the US and Denmark is not possible even for those who aren't vaccinated. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP
Travel between the US and Denmark remains logistically complex, and misunderstanding the rules can have you turned away at the airport or border control. Here's what you need to know.

Our guide applies to travel directly between Denmark and the United States, so if your travel plans will take you through a third country, look into their requirements for people “transiting.” If you’ve recently spent time in a third country prior to departure, it may affect your eligibility for entry and requirements for testing and quarantine at your destination. 

United States Denmark

According to Denmark’s infection risk category scheme, the United States is currently classed as “yellow.”

Starting June 19th, even unvaccinated travellers from the United States can come to Denmark for vacation. Travellers who have spent time outside the United States in the weeks preceding their flight to Denmark should check this list updated weekly by the Danish government and this click-through guide to determine whether they need to test or quarantine. 

US and Danish residents who are vaccinated or have recently recovered from the coronavirus don’t need to test before their flight, and won’t need to test or quarantine on arrival in Denmark.

READ MORE: What you need to know about Denmark’s colour-coded travel rules 

US residents and Danes who aren’t vaccinated or recently recovered will need to present a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old or a negative rapid/antigen test less than 48 hours old to enter the country.

In order to access restricted facilities and activities in Denmark – from indoor seating at restaurants to cultural institutions like museums – you’ll need to carry your CDC vaccination card and some government issued ID (such as a driver’s license) with you. Employees checking for valid Coronapas, the Danish vaccination passport, at checkpoints will readily accept them, based on government policy and our personal experience. 

READ MORE: Can tourists from US use CDC vaccination cards in Denmark? 

Denmark → United States

Travellers from the EU/Schengen area, including Denmark, currently cannot enter the United States unless they fall under one of several exceptions.  

Exceptions include: 

  • Citizens, lawful permanent residents, or noncitizen nationals of the US,
  • Spouses of a US citizen or permanent resident,
  • Parents or guardians of a US citizen or permanent resident, (provided the resident is unmarried and under the age of 21) 
  • Children, foster children, or wards of a US citizen or permanent resident,
  • People travelling at the express request of the US government or for certain diplomatic reasons. 

President Joseph Biden announced on July 15th that the ban on travellers from the EU is under review and could be phased out soon, but no timeline has been established. 

Travellers entering the United States do need to present a negative PCR or rapid/antigen test less than 72 hours old, even if vaccinated. Visit coronasmitte.dk to find a test center near you. Anyone in Denmark, even tourists, can receive rapid tests for free and without an appointment – just be sure to bring a copy of your ID, and the results will be emailed to you within 15-30 minutes. 

Danish residents should download a copy of their vaccination records from sunhed.dk and carry a printed copy. 


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