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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 halves test capacity due to low infection numbers

Denmark is to cut its Covid-19 testing capacity due to low demand at municipal PCR test centres.

Covid-19: Denmark halves test capacity due to low infection numbers

The daily number of PCR tests at local centres will therefore be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000, the Agency for Critical Supplies (Styrelsen for Forsyningssikkerhed) confirmed in a statement on Monday.

Some test centres are expected to close due to the reduced operations.

“The downscaling is expected to result in a further reduction in the number of test locations, while opening times will be adjusted in the country’s test centres,” the agency said in the statement.

“These adjustments will take place on an ongoing basis,” it added.

Recent months have seen Covid-19 infections receding in Denmark after the winter wave, which was driven by the Omicron variant of the virus.

Health authorities have credited a high level of immunity in the community, due to previous infections, and a high vaccination rate including booster vaccinations, in reducing the spread of the coronavirus throughout the spring.

Covid-19 is also known to be transmitted less during warmer seasons.

The lower number of cases is linked to the reduced demand for testing in Denmark. Last week saw an average of around 5,000 tests administered daily.

The government is expected later this year to present a Covid-19 testing strategy for late 2022 and next winter.

Denmark lifted the majority of its Covid-19 restrictions in February, with final travel restrictions ending in March.

Health authorities now only recommend taking a PCR test for Covid-19 if you have symptoms and are at risk of serious illness should you contract the virus.

Testing is no longer recommended for close contacts of people who have the virus or are suspected to have it.

READ ALSO: Denmark says Covid-19 testing now only needed for ‘special medical reasons’

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