What tourists need to know about Denmark’s coronapas system

Although Denmark is now open to tourists from many countries, coronavirus passes are still needed to enter restaurants, museums and other cultural institutions, and foreigners can't yet get one. Here’s what you need to do still get access.

What tourists need to know about Denmark's coronapas system
Tourists need proof of a negative test or vaccination to enter museums like the Moesgaard history museum outside Aarhus. Photo: Moesgaard Museum

Vaccinated or recovered EU/Schengen resident? Enjoy! 

Under the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme, EU and Schengen area residents can use the vaccine passports issued by their home country to travel internationally within the bloc.

Scannable QR codes contain information on vaccination history and prior test results. Vaccinated EU residents and residents that have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous eight months will have the smoothest visit to Denmark—just scan your QR code at the entrance of any controlled area. 

READ MORE: Do I need to isolate or test on arrival? Denmark’s tourist guide

Vaccinated, but not an EU resident? Bring documentation

Eventually, foreigners who have received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency will be able to apply for their own EU Digital COVID certificate, an EU Commission spokesperson told CNN in early June. These will be issued at the discretion of each member state. In Denmark, that would take the form of the coronapas app. 

But as of July 14, there isn’t a mechanism in place to issue a Danish coronapas to anyone without a CPR, the identity number given to Danish residents.

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

The latest guidance from the Danish government is that foreign citizens who have received one of the vaccines approved by the EMA (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca) can use documentation of their vaccine in place of a coronapas. 

That documentation needs to meet a handful of requirements to be legally valid: the documentation must be in English or German and contain your name, date of birth, the vaccine you received and the dates for your first and second doses, a representative for the Joint Danish authorities’ Corona Hotline told the Local Denmark in a July 14th phone call.

Since tourism from outside the EU has only recently begun to pick up steam, it’s not guaranteed that the person checking coronapases outside the café, museum or gym you’re trying to access will already know your vaccine card is valid for entry, so be prepared to be patient. 

Unvaccinated? You’ll need to test frequently

Unvaccinated visitors to Denmark will need to be tested about every 72 hours in order to get the most of their trip. Fortunately, antigen tests in Denmark are free and easily accessible—check this map of rapid test sites to find the most convenient locations. 

It’s the most convenient way to get your test on the books and take advantage of your first day in Denmark.  (Private tests by Falck are also available at the airport’s arrival and departure terminals, but for a cost.) 

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

Create an account at

While the majority of rapid test sites don’t require an appointment, it’s important to create an account at ahead of time. Just input your name, country of residence, nationality and a phone number you’ll have access to during your trip, and you’ll receive a ‘foreigner ID’ barcode.

You can show a screenshot or print the barcode for officials at the test centre to scan when you arrive. 

Visitors to Denmark may need to wait on-site for their test results to be processed, which generally takes 15-30 minutes, according to a Sundhed representative. Results are valid for 72 hours. 

Where you’ll need a negative COVID test, and other safety measures

Many major tourist attractions—including museums, zoo, theatres and sports venues—need proof of vaccination, recent recovery, or a negative COVID test for entry.

Restaurants, bars and cafes require a negative test for sit-down service inside, but outdoor seating is fair game for everyone.

Officials still encourage social distancing whenever possible and hand sanitising stations are ubiquitous.

Visitors to Denmark will rarely find a need for masks or face shields—currently, they’re required in just a handful of circumstances, including in airports and (somewhat cryptically) when standing in public transportation.

Danes have embraced the chance to go bare-faced, so don’t be surprised if you’re the only one masked in the supermarket or on the bus. 

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Copenhagen Airport passengers warned of more queues on holiday weekends

Long queues were reported at Copenhagen Airport during last week’s extended public holiday weekend and similar issues are likely during two more upcoming holidays.

Copenhagen Airport passengers warned of more queues on holiday weekends

Staff shortages at security checks, caused by a lengthy rehiring process following the Covid-19 crisis, have been blamed for crowds and long queues at Copenhagen Airport during peak times this spring.

Long waiting times at security were reported both Thursday and Sunday at Copenhagen Airport, resulting in a significant number of passengers missing flights, broadcaster DR writes.

The airport’s commercial director Peter Krogsgaard told DR that Copenhagen is not alone in experiencing problems with queues.

“Copenhagen Airport and all airports in Europe have had a lot to do in re-hiring and training many employees after corona,” Krogsgaard said.

“We are therefore seeing that, now passengers are coming back and fortunately want to travel again, we are under a bit of pressure to begin with,” he said.

This means that passengers planning to travel during two more upcoming peak times – the public holidays on Ascension Day (Thursday May 26th) and Pentecost (Monday June 6th) – should brace themselves for lengthy queues at the airport.

Up to 70,000 passengers are expected during the first of the two public holidays, according to Copenhagen Airport.

“We expect to be very busy and are therefore advising all passengers travelling within Europe to arrive two hours before their flight. If you are going to outside of Europe, to the Unites States or Asia, you should come three hours before,” Krogsgaard told DR.

Passengers have few options should they miss flights due to long waits at security, a consumer rights consultant said to DR.

“You are in a very bad situation if you get to the airport too late in relation to the waiting times there actually are at security, because it’s your own responsibility to get to the airport in time to make the flight,” Vagn Jelsøe, senior consultant with the Danish Consumer Council (Forbrugerrådet Tænk), said to DR.

The airport expects to be fully staffed by the beginning of June, DR reports.

“Since January, we’ve done nothing other than hire a lot of new people and they must be trained and educated, and it takes some time for them to get to the security lanes,” Krogsgaard also said.

Airline SAS last week said it would cancel around 4,000 flights over the summer. The decision was made due to staff shortages combined with delayed deliveries of new aeroplanes, SAS said.