Can tourists from US use CDC vaccination cards in Denmark?

Elizabeth Anne Brown
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Can tourists from US use CDC vaccination cards in Denmark?
The Danish coronapas scheme controls access to activities and cultural centers such as indoor dining, museums, gyms and hair salons. Photo: Signe Goldmann/Ritzau Scanpix

Vaccinated tourists from the United States hope to avoid the headache of repeated rapid tests during their stay in Denmark. Could their crumpled CDC card do the trick?


As Denmark gradually reopens, the Danish coronapas scheme controls access to various activities and cultural centres, from indoor dining at restaurants to museum visits to haircut appointments.

To enter restricted areas, Danes who are vaccinated, have recovered from a coronavirus infection, or have recently tested negative for the virus just have to scan an app connected to their national health accounts.


Unfortunately for visitors, the coronapas system is currently only available to residents of Denmark with a CPR number. While residents of other EU countries can use their slick European digital Covid certificates, tourists from the United States are finally arriving on the Danish isles and realising their handwritten CDC notecard doesn't look terribly official. 

"Legally, it should be enough," a representative for the Joint Danish authorities' Corona Hotline told the Local Denmark in a July 14th phone call. But whether the people checking coronapases at the café, gym or museum you're trying to enter are aware of that may vary. 

READ MORE: How tourists and visitors in Denmark can get a Covid test

The Danish government's Covid guidance website,, informs tourists that documentation of vaccination works like a coronapas as long as a few conditions are satisfied: the vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (all the US vaccines are), and a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 12 months have passed since completion of the vaccine programme.

The Corona Hotline representative explained that CDC cards should do the trick since they contain your name, date of birth, name of the vaccine you received and the dates for your first and second doses. 

Have you tried to use your CDC vaccination card in place of a coronapas? How did it go? Let us know at [email protected] or in the comments below. 


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