Travellers returning to Denmark after Christmas must take Covid-19 test

Updated travel rules require all travellers to Denmark to take a Covid-19 test for entry into the country. Danish residents can take the test within 24 hours of arrival while all other travellers must take a test prior to departure.

Copenhagen Airport early in the Covid-19 pandemic. Denmark is to reintroduce entry testing rules for travellers.
Copenhagen Airport early in the Covid-19 pandemic. Denmark is to reintroduce entry testing rules for travellers. Photo: Linda Kastrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Under the new rules all travellers are required to test for Covid-19 in connection with arrival in Denmark. The rule applies to Danish citizens and residents as well as foreign visitors. It also applies regardless of vaccination status.

However, residents of Denmark are permitted to take a test up to 24 hours after arrival. In these cases, travellers will be required to test no more than 24 hours after arrival in Denmark but are advised to take tests before travel where possible.

People without an address in Denmark must take a Covid-19 test before entry to the Scandinavian country. The health ministry states that entry tests can be a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival or a rapid antigen test taken up to 48 hours before arrival.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said at a briefing on December 22nd that the government was in favour of requiring travellers to provide a negative Covid-19 test on entry to Denmark.

“Compared with many other countries, we test a lot (for Covid-19) and it doesn’t make a lot of sense that we test so much if completely untested people come in (to the country),” Heunicke said according to broadcaster DR.

Parliament’s Epidemic Committee, which must not oppose new Covid measures in order for them to become effective, later gave its approval to the new travel restriction.

The restriction came into effect on December 27th and will be in effect for an initial three weeks until January 17th.

Failure to comply with the rule could result in a fine.

Covid-19 testing is available at Copenhagen, Billund and Aalborg airports.

A number of exceptions apply to the testing requirement. Children under the age of 15 and persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last six months will not be encompassed by the rule.

People who travel for work or have addresses in border regions Schlesvig-Holstein (Germany) and Blekinge, Skåne, Halland and Västra Götaland (Sweden) will also be exempted from travel testing. Travellers from Danish island Bornholm who transit through Sweden are also exempted.

Travellers who transit through Denmark and stay for less than one day before leaving are likewise not required to test. This allows, for example, Swedish residents who travel through Copenhagen Airport before continuing their journeys overland to avoid the testing requirement.

READ ALSO: The new Covid-19 restrictions now in effect in Denmark

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article stated that foreign residents must test within 24 hours of entry to Denmark. This has been corrected following an update from the Ministry of Health.

Member comments

  1. The article is wrong re non-residents:

    From 27 December 2021, the Danish Government will introduce a COVID-19 test requirement for all persons without residence in Denmark prior to entry. A PCR-test must be taken no later than 72 hours before entry, and a quick antigen-test must be taken no later than 48 hours before entry.


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What can SAS passengers do if their flight is affected by pilots’ strike?

Scandinavian airline SAS has issued advice to passengers likely to be affected if the company does not come to an agreement with its pilots to divert a strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

What can SAS passengers do if their flight is affected by pilots’ strike?

Passengers can rebook equivalent flights for free and are advised to check whether their flight will be affected, SAS said.

A deadline for resolution of an ongoing conflict between the two sides has been set for Tuesday night. If no agreement is reached, SAS pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark will begin striking on Wednesday.

In a statement, SAS said that several services and thereby many passengers will be affected by the strike.

But it also stated that some services would still operate on Wednesday if the strike goes ahead.

“SAS is taking precautionary measures to support customers whose flights will be impacted by a potential strike,” SAS said.

“Due to peak season, the availability of equivalent flights will be highly limited. Therefore, SAS is taking precautionary measures to enable customers to plan alternatives to their scheduled flight,” it said.

“SAS offers passengers booked on SAS flights between June 27th [and] July 3rd 2022  the option of rebooking the ticket, free of charge. Passengers can rebook to a SAS flight on another date, within the next 360 days, to the same destination if the same service class as the original ticket is available,” it said.

To see if their flight is likely to be affected, passengers are advised to check the status of their flight on the SAS website. Rebookings can be made via the “My Bookings” section.

Passengers who booked their ticket via a travel agent or tour operator should contact them directly, SAS said.

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Rebooking may take longer than usual, especially for passengers contacting the airline over the phone.

“The potential strike is causing a high pressure on SAS’ customer service and the waiting time is longer than usual,” SAS said.

“Customers will continuously receive information and updates via SMS, email and on our website. To be able to support customers impacted by a potential strike, SAS is strengthening customer service and call-centres for rebooking where possible,” it said.

The strike, involving around 1,000 SAS pilots, is scheduled to begin on June 29th after the collective bargaining agreement by which the pilots’ salary and working terms are determined expired in April. Pilots are currently working under the terms of the expired deal.

The creation of two SAS subsidiaries, SAS Connect and SAS Link, is reported to be a point of contention in negotiations over a new collective agreement.

Pilots’ unions in all three Scandinavian countries will take part in the strike, should mediation not achieve a result.

READ ALSO: SAS pilots’ strike scheduled to begin on June 29th