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EXPLAINED: What documents can non-EU tourists use as a Covid pass in Denmark?

Travellers from more than 20 countries outside the EU and Schengen areas can now come to Denmark as tourists. We've looked at what documents tourists need to enter and get around inside the country.

EXPLAINED: What documents can non-EU tourists use as a Covid pass in Denmark?
Norway has announced when it will accept Covid passes from England and Wales. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP

Travellers from which countries outside the EU and Schengen areas can currently enter Denmark as tourists?

Travellers resident in non-EU and Schengen are countries ranked “yellow” in Denmark’s traffic light travel guidelines can come to Denmark as tourists, so long as they can show a negative Covid-19 test on arrival, or can show proof that they are vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid-19 infection within the last 180 days. 

The non-EU/Schengen countries classed as “yellow” as of August 10th are:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bosnia-​Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, USA, and Qatar. 

Tourists resident in OECD countries ranked “orange” can come to Denmark if they can prove that they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson or AstraZeneca). 

The OECD countries ranked “orange” under the guidelines, as of August 10th, are the UK, Turkey, Chile, Japan, and Mexico. 

Colombia and Costa Rica are currently the only two OECD countries ranked “red”, meaning travellers resident in these countries require a “worthy purpose”  to enter Denmark. Tourism is ruled out.

What documents are required by travellers from non-EU countries to enter Denmark? 

The proof of a negative test, completed vaccination or immunity shown at border control can be in either paper or digital form. 

For proof of vaccination, the document or app 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. 

This means that international vaccine and test apps such as the NHS Covid-19 app, Australia’s COVID-19 digital certificate, California’s Digital Covid-19 Vaccine Record,  the MyIR Mobile app used by Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington and West Virginia, or the Excelsior Pass used by New York, should all qualify as proof. 

The same would go for any national  app, so long as it contains the necessary information and has an option allowing it to be displayed in English (or German). 

This also means that paper vaccination certificates, such as the CDC cards issued in the US should also pass muster, as they contain all the necessary information. 

If you are not vaccinated or immune and are coming from a non-OECD, non-EU  “yellow” country, you will need to show a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old or a negative antigen test less than 48 hours old to enter the country. Antigen tests can be obtained for free at the airport, between the arrival gate and customs. 

What documents are required by tourists from non-EU countries once inside Denmark? 

As of August 1st, Danish authorities no longer require visitors to show a valid coronapas or other proof of vaccination, immunity or a negative test to visit museums, amusement parks, aquariums, zoos, or theatres, venues, and cinemas with fewer than 500 spectators. 

But until the end of the month valid coronapas or similar proof is still required to eat or drink indoors in restaurants, bars and cafés, and also to attend larger events. 

The coronapas system is currently only available to residents of Denmark with a CPR number, but any document, either digital or on paper, which proves that the holder has been fully vaccinated or recovered from a coronavirus infection in the last 180 days is officially OK, even if some Danish bar and restaurant staff might not be aware of that. 

According to a representative for the Joint Danish authorities’ Corona Hotline, the NHS Covid-19 app is sufficient. 

Tourists who aren’t vaccinated or immune should probably get a PCR test before leaving for Denmark (even though it is possible to get a free antigen test before border control, and then a free PCR test just outside the airport). 

If you’re staying more than a few days, you will need to get tested inside Denmark as well.

Check this map of rapid test sites to find the most convenient locations.

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. 

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Denmark’s infectious disease agency does not recommend Covid tests for China arrivals

Travellers from China should not need a negative Covid-19 test when arriving in Denmark, the national infectious disease control agency State Serum Institute recommended on Saturday, in an assessment sent to the Ministry of Health.

Denmark's infectious disease agency does not recommend Covid tests for China arrivals

In the assessment by the State Serum Institute (SSI), it was noted that there aren’t expected to be a large number of arrivals coming directly from China and that any tests would have a marginal affect on Danish epidemic control.

However SSI wrote that it was still important to keep an eye on new variants of Covid-19 and suggested that a sample of voluntary-based PCR tests could be introduced for travellers from China.

The assessment was requested by Denmark’s health minister Sophie Løhde, following a recommendation on Wednesday by European Union experts to tighten travel rules.

Infection rates in China are high after it abolished its ‘zero Covid’ policy in late 2022, although no precise numbers are available.

Several European countries, including France, Spain, Italy and the UK, had already introduced testing requirements, while Sweden on Thursday announced a similar step, as did Germany, with an added announcement on Saturday to discourage non-essential travel from Germany to China.

The United States, Canada, India, South Korea and Taiwan have also put testing rules in place.

Health minister Sophie Løhde also asked SSI to assess testing waste water from aircraft landed from China. SSI responded that there is limited experience in this.

SSI currently analyses samples from shared toilet tanks at four airports twice a week – Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg and Billund. The method would have to be changed in order to detect new Covid-19 variants, which would take up to four weeks to implement, according to the assessment.

Løhde has informed the parliamentary parties about the assessment and has asked the Epidemic Commission for an advisory assessment, she said in a press release. Once this is done, the recommendations will be discussed.