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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.
Before unnecessary, tourist trips to Denmark with the exception of Greenland and the Faroe Islands will be due to high numbers of infections warned.
Unnecessary tourist trips to Greenland and the Faroe Islands are not recommended.
Denmark continues to be affected by COVID-19. In all regions with the exception of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the number of new infections exceeds 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why the whole of Denmark was classified as a risk area.
The Danish Health Authority and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provide current and detailed figures.
Denmark carries out a risk assessment differentiated by country and region into the categories “yellow”, “orange” and “red”, which is updated weekly. Germany is currently classified as "orange". Foreigners residing in EU and Schengen countries classified as “yellow” or “orange” are allowed to enter the country without providing evidence of an important reason. Foreigners residing in other countries (countries outside the EU / Schengen area in the "orange" or "red" category and EU / Schengen countries in the "red" category) are only allowed to enter Denmark if they can provide evidence of an important reason. Entry for tourist purposes is not permitted in this case.
The applicable rules and the classification of the risk areas are published on the Danish authorities' portal.
Entrants - by plane, overland and sea - are currently required to present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test or antigen test) upon arrival, which was carried out a maximum of 48 hours before entry. In the case of air travel, this test may have been carried out a maximum of 48 hours before boarding the aircraft for the first flight on the route. When entering from "" orange "and" red "countries or regions, the negative test result must be presented before departure.
People who have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection can also present a positive COVID-19 test (PCR test only) if this test was done between 14 and 180 days before the flight.
Furthermore, travelers have to undergo a 10-day quarantine at home (self-isolation), which can be shortened by another negative PCR test no earlier than four days after arrival. In addition, all those entering the country are required to carry out a COVID-19 test no later than 24 hours after entry. When entering by air, this test must be carried out before leaving the airport. Children under 15 years of age are exempt from quarantine and testing requirements.
Fully vaccinated people residing in EU and Schengen countries are exempt from the requirement for testing and quarantine, provided that the country does not fall into the “red” category. The prerequisite is that the vaccination has been carried out with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and that the last vaccine dose was administered more than two weeks, but not more than 180 days before the start of the journey in an EU or Schengen country. The vaccination certificate must contain information on the name, date of birth, type of vaccine, vaccination status and vaccination date (1st and 2nd vaccination, if a second vaccination is required). Children (under 18 years of age) who have been fully vaccinated are allowed to enter the country; For children aged 15-17, the obligation to test remains before and after entry.
In addition, there are various exceptions to the test and quarantine obligation, including for residents of the border region (Schleswig-Holstein) and cross-border commuters. For residents of the border region, the quarantine obligation generally does not apply after entry. Upon entry, regardless of the purpose of entry, a negative result of a COVID-19 test, which was carried out a maximum of 72 hours before entry, is sufficient.
Foreigners who enter Denmark for an important reason, such as the transport of goods, are allowed to leave the quarantine for the recognized purpose.
The Danish authorities provide detailed information on important reasons as well as exceptional and special regulations on their information portal.
Entry across the German-Danish land border is possible at all border crossings; random checks are carried out when entering Denmark.
The Danish police have set up a hotline on +45 7020 6044 (Mon-Wed 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri 8 a.m.-2 p.m.) for questions about entering Denmark.
Non-Danish nationals who show clear symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry to Denmark even if there is a valid reason to travel. This also applies if a negative COVID-19 test is presented.
Test centers have been set up for travelers at airports, border crossings and numerous other locations in the country. The Danish authorities will publish more information on how to carry out tests.
Transit and onward travel
Travelers are allowed to pass through regardless of their place of residence if they have a valid reason for traveling in the destination country. Transit to the home country or country of permanent residence is generally permitted. Corresponding evidence must be submitted. The obligation to submit a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen test) also applies to transit travelers, unless they are only staying in the transit area of the Danish airport. Please contact the Danish authorities for more information.
When passing through Denmark, the entry regulations of the destination country must be observed. Neighboring countries such as Sweden and Norway only allow entry from Denmark to a limited extent. The travel and safety information for Sweden provides information on entering Sweden; For information on entering Norway, see the travel and safety information for Norway.
There are cross-border transport connections, also by train and plane, but the choice of flight connections is reduced. Seat reservations are required on all long-distance and regional trains operated by Danish Railways.
Restrictions in the country
Restrictions due to pandemics apply nationwide, with regional differences, if applicable. An opening plan is available for the period up to August 1, 2021, which provides for gradual easing depending on the infection rate and, if necessary, with local differences. The opening goes hand in hand with the introduction of a "corona passport" (document on test or vaccination status) or with the obligation to submit proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result that is no more than 72 hours old, For example, to get access to cultural and leisure facilities or body-friendly services.
Shops are open. Body-hugging services may be offered subject to conditions. Restaurants, cafés, museums, libraries, leisure and cultural facilities are also allowed to open under certain conditions. Sports activities are possible both in the fresh air and indoors under certain conditions, church services are permitted under certain conditions.
Where possible, the use of local public transport should be avoided.
A maximum of 75 people are allowed to stay in the fresh air. Up to 25 people can meet in closed rooms. The Danish police have identified a number of places, so-called hotspots, where the police can issue a residence ban.
At airports and in public transport, including train stations and bus stops, and in commercial passenger transport (taxis, coaches) as well as in buildings open to the public, supermarkets, retail and leisure facilities, it is mandatory to wear a face mask (everyday mask or visor). In treatment and care situations, e.g. in medical practices, hospitals and nursing homes, the use of a mouth and nose cover is also mandatory. Children up to and including 12 years of age are exempt from the obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover. There is a distance regulation of one meter to other people in public space. A distance of two meters is recommended in situations where there is an increased risk of infection and wherever this is practically feasible.
Special features in the regions
Travel to the Faroe Islands are basically possible. Travelers are advised to have a PCR test within three days of entry. In addition, regardless of the reason for travel and the country of origin, a PCR test is carried out upon entry. Until the test result is available, travelers without full vaccination are obliged to go to quarantine at home immediately. A second test is planned after four or five days. Travelers with full vaccination protection or those who have recovered from COVID-19 will still need to take a post-entry test; another test after four days is recommended. If the last vaccination dose for complete vaccination protection was administered more than eight days before entry, there is no obligation to quarantine at home. It also does not apply to those recovered from COVID-19 whose positive test is older than 10 days.
The government and health authorities of the Faroe Islands provide more information on entry and quarantine regulations.
Entry to Greenland are basically possible again. The Danish entry regulations apply with regard to a recognized reason for entry depending on the risk categorization of the country of residence. A negative result of a maximum 72 hours old PCR test is required for entry. There is currently no exception for fully vaccinated people. The test must have been carried out in a Nordic country (e.g. Denmark or Iceland). In addition, several days of self-isolation at home for up to 14 days is required. If a new test carried out five days after entry turns out to be negative, self-isolation can be terminated prematurely. Visit Greenland for more information on entry and quarantine requirements.
- Note the detailed information on the health situation based on data from the ECDC, existing restrictions including quarantine and testing requirements for travelers and mobile coronavirus contact tracking and warning apps on Re-open EU.
- Observe the information provided by the competent Danish authorities and follow their instructions.
- If necessary, download the “Smittestop” app from the Danish authorities onto your smartphone before you start your journey. Alternatively, you can use the German Corona warning app, which is compatible with the Danish app.
- In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, isolate yourself and contact a doctor or the Corona hotline of the region in which you are staying.
- Find out more about travel to Denmark from DSB or, for train connections to Germany, from Deutsche Bahn, for connections to Sweden SJ or from Skanetrafik and for ferry traffic from Scandlines.
- When returning to Germany, please note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if applicable, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your stay or Place of residence. Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.
Individual trips to Greenland are strongly discouraged.
Petty crime occurs particularly in the larger cities. In Copenhagen, the risk of pickpocketing increases in the summer months, especially at popular excursion destinations and places with naturally high numbers of visitors, such as B. Central station, bus stop, Town Hall Square, museums and at the changing of the guard in front of Amalienborg Palace.
In the "Free State of Christiania", the Danish police are only following incidents as an exception due to the special situation. In particular, it is pointed out that the residents of Christiania expressly forbid themselves to take photos and that any devices used for taking photos may be withheld.
In the past, violent clashes between gangs have often occurred at night in the Nørrebro district.
- Be particularly careful and cautious in the Christiania and Nørrebro districts of Copenhagen.
- Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports, train stations, in the S-Bahn, in the metro, in the bus and watch out for your valuables.
- Keep money, ID, driver's license, flight tickets and other important documents safe (for example in the hotel safe).
- Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
- Do not leave any visible (valuable) objects in the vehicle at rest stops or parking lots and lock the vehicle.
Individual trips to Greenland are strongly discouraged. The changeable Arctic extreme climate, extensive inaccessible areas and a very limited infrastructure make search and rescue operations outside of the villages on the west coast of Greenland practically impossible.
There is also an increased risk on cruises due to the above-mentioned limited infrastructure, for example in the event of a medical emergency.
- When traveling outside of built-up areas, familiarize yourself with the risks involved before commencing your journey.
- Bring a GPS device and satellite phone.
Nature and climate
Denmark and the Faroe Islands have an Atlantic climate.
The coasts of Denmark can be affected by flooding.
Greenland has an extreme arctic climate. On and in front of the coasts, seismic activities such as earthquakes and seaquakes and thus also tidal waves are possible.
- Always observe prohibitions, signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
- For Greenland, familiarize yourself with earthquake and tsunami behavior guidelines. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.
Since the beginning of January 2016, Denmark has been carrying out random border controls on the German-Danish border and, since mid-November 2019, has also been carrying out increased punctual controls on the Danish-Swedish border. Under certain circumstances, this can lead to waiting times in cross-border traffic.
If vehicle occupants do not have identification documents with them that entitle them to legal residence in Denmark, the drivers may be accused of people smuggling and immediate pre-trial detention is regularly ordered.
- Also carry a valid identity card or passport with you when traveling to Denmark.
- Do not take hitchhikers or anyone you do not know across the border into Denmark.
Infrastructure / traffic
Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.
There is a domestic flight network, rail and bus connections, and ferry services.
You can drive up to 130 km / h on motorways in Denmark. In many cases, however, there is a limit of 110 km / h.
Lights are required on all roads during the day, so you must always drive with dipped headlights or daytime running lights.
The alcohol limit is 0.5. Exceeding these limits - like parking incorrectly - results in high fines.
The German driving license is recognized.
Special instructions on behavior
Pilot whale hunts, which are strictly regulated by law, traditionally take place in the Faroe Islands mainly in the summer months. The violation of the obligation to report a pilot whale sighting alone is no longer punishable. Anyone who intervenes in a pilot whale hunt and does not follow the instructions of the Faroese authorities in this regard can continue to face fines or imprisonment.
There are no indications of any particular difficulties; acceptance is particularly good in large cities.
It is forbidden to use daggers or knives in public. So you should z. B. refrain from carrying a knife with you at a Danish rest stop, but keep it properly in the locked car.
Unlike in Germany, the carrying, trading and import of tear gas spray are also prohibited.
Since August 2018, there has been a ban on public spaces in Denmark.If a piece of clothing that covers the face is worn in a public place, a fine of approx. 135 EUR for the first violation, up to 1,350 EUR for repeated violations, can be imposed. The prohibition does not apply to covering the face for a legitimate purpose. The regulation is aimed in particular against Muslim women's clothing, such as B. burqa or niqab.
Money / credit cards
The means of payment is the Danish krone (DKK). Withdrawing cash from ATMs and paying with debit and credit cards are possible everywhere.
Entry and customs
Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.
Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.
Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:
- Passport: Yes
- Temporary passport: Yes
- Identity card: Yes
- Provisional identity card: Yes
- Children's passport: Yes
Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must still be valid for the duration of the stay.
If you are traveling on to Greenland you need to bring a passport with you, as this part of the Danish Empire is not a member of the Schengen area.
Every traveler must have their own travel document. It is not sufficient to take copies with you. All travel documents must still be valid until departure.
There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.
The import and export of goods is subject to the provisions of the European Union. The principle of no physical checks does not exclude random checks in the context of police surveillance of borders and police control of cross-border traffic.
Guns may not be imported without prior authorization from the Danish Police or the Danish Ministry of Justice.
For trips with certain pets (dogs, cats, ferrets) to countries of the European Union with the exception of Ireland, Great Britain, Malta and Finland, where different regulations apply, an EU pet passport is required. He serves among other things. as proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture offers a sample ID as well as further information.
For more information on the regulations on pets and a list of dog breeds prohibited in Denmark, please contact the Danish Embassy in Berlin and the Danish Food Authority. "Fødevarestyrelsen".
Special regulations for the Faroe Islands and Greenland
The short or medium term importation of pets into the Faroe Islands is not permitted. The permanent importation of pets to the Faroe Islands by residents is permitted under certain circumstances. Special import regulations for pets also apply to Greenland. Further information is available from the Danish embassy in Berlin.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.
In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.
- As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.
No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany.
- Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
- As travel vaccinations, vaccinations against TBE when staying on the island of Bornholm and in the north of the island of Zealand and against hepatitis B when traveling to Greenland are recommended.
- Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.
Early summer meningoencephalitis
In Denmark, there are isolated cases of early summer meningoencephalitis being transmitted by tick bites on the island of Bornholm.
- Get advice and, if necessary, vaccinate before you start your journey about a possible TBE vaccination.
- Protect yourself consistently against tick bites in the summer months as part of exposure prophylaxis.
The level of care in Denmark is good to very good. However, this does not apply to Greenland. Considerable restrictions are to be expected there.
Germans, as well as all other EU citizens who are temporarily staying in Denmark, can, under European Community law, claim benefits under Danish law in the event of illness. A European insurance card to be issued by the German health insurance company before the start of the journey must be presented as proof of entitlement.
- For the duration of your stay abroad, take out health insurance for travel abroad that covers risks that are not covered by the statutory health insurances (e.g. necessary repatriation to Germany in the event of illness, treatment by private doctors or in private clinics). The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:
- All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
- The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
- All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
- In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.
Country information about your travel destination
Here you will find the addresses of the responsible diplomatic missions and information on politics and bilateral relations with Germany.
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