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How tourists and visitors in Denmark can get a Covid test

Unvaccinated tourists and visitors will require frequent testing to take full advantage of their time in Denmark.

How tourists and visitors in Denmark can get a Covid test
A coronapas is required for entry into restaurants, museums, cultural institutions, events and more in Denmark. Photo: Signe Goldmann/Ritzau Scanpix

As part of Denmark’s ongoing coronapas system, unvaccinated tourists and visitors to Denmark will need to get tested every 96 hours to make the most of their trip. 

A negative Covid test, a positive test between 14 days and 8 months old, or a vaccination certificate (including the EU digital Covid certificate) is required for entry into restaurants, museums, cultural institutions, events and more.

Where can I get tested?

PCR and rapid test (antigen test) centres are found in all five regions of Denmark, and tests are free of charge and do not require an appointment. Test centre addresses and opening hours are available on coronasmitte.dk

Foreigners without a Danish CPR number and NemID can be tested at all PCR test centres in Region Hovedstaden (Capital Region of Denmark), Region Sjælland (Region Zealand) and Region Nordjylland (North Denmark Region). In Region Syddanmark (Region of Southern Denmark) and Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region), foreigners can be tested at selected PCR test centres. 

How do I access my results?

You can access your PCR test results on covidresults.dk within 24 to 48 hours, though you need to register as a user at Covidresults.dk before you can be tested at a public test centre in Denmark, according to Statens Serum Institut.

Results can be provided by text message for rapid (antigen) tests. Or, you can wait at the test centre for 15 and 30 minutes for your results. 

Will I be tested upon arrival?

Visitors will also need to get tested at the airport upon arrival, unless you’re coming from green countries and regions, according to Denmark’s colour system for classing travel restrictions. 

There are test centres at the airports in Copenhagen, Billund and Aalborg:

  • At Copenhagen Airport, the rapid test centre is located just before the border crossing checkpoint and a PCR-test spot outside the airport.
  • At Billund Airport, the rapid test centre is located just after the border crossing checkpoint in the baggage collection area. Passengers will be checked as they pass through customs before exiting the airport.
  • At Aalborg Airport, the rapid test centre is located just before the border crossing checkpoint

What if I’m vaccinated?

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.

According to the Danish authorities’ Coronasmitte website, it is possible to use a foreign vaccination certificate to get a valid Danish coronapas, so long as: 

  • The vaccine used has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (currently Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. 
  • It has been at least 14 days since your first dose 
  • You then have had your second jab within 42 days of your first dose.

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Covid-19: Denmark to further reduce PCR testing capacity

The number of daily PCR tests for Covid-19 available in Denmark is to be reduced to 10,000 from August 15th.

Covid-19: Denmark to further reduce PCR testing capacity

A decline in demand for PCR testing for Covid-19 is behind health authorities’ decision to further reduce capacity from 20,000 to 10,000 tests per day.

The Agency for Critical Supplies (Styrelsen for Forsyningssikkerhed) confirmed the change in a statement on Friday.

The reduction is part of the government’s Covid-19 testing strategy for the rest of 2022 and the first three months of 2023.

Last week saw the average number of PCR tests administered daily reached just 4,900.

Testing capacity can be ramped up again should case numbers go up after August 15th, the critical supplies agency said.

From August 15th, all tasks related to the national Covid-19 testing programme come under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.

The Danish Health Authority said on its website that it expects the coronavirus to become a seasonal infection similar to influenza.

“We must expect many to be infected with Covid-19 during the autumn and winter,” the authority writes.

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