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Persons resident in open countries

Rules and documents required if you are resident in an open country and want to enter Denmark.

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NB. Foreigners with clear symptoms such as dry cough and fever cannot enter Denmark.

 

Is my country open or closed?

 

If you are a resident of an open country, you can enter Denmark if:

Work, business, studies etc.

You can enter Denmark if you have a job in Denmark or are a self-employed person working in Denmark.

 

You can enter Denmark if you have a valid work permit for Denmark. The same applies if you have not yet used your work permit and the purpose of entering Denmark is to work.

 

Relevant documents

Valid employment contract from an employer in Denmark along with your most recent pay slip as evidence that you are still employed.

 

If you have a work permit, you are advised to present it together with a valid employment contract.

 

If you are a self-employed person, you are advised to present proof in the form of a certificate of incorporation.

 

Volunteer work is not considered a worthy purpose of entering Denmark.

You can enter Denmark for the purpose of attending meetings etc. as part of your job.

Relevant documents

You must be able to present evidence, such as an email, of the working relationship and of the time and place of the meeting/work.

Further, you must be able to present the contact details of a relevant contact person for the meeting/work in Denmark who can confirm the information provided by you.

You can enter Denmark if you are to perform services or transport goods into or out of Denmark, including if you are to transport goods out of Denmark in your private car for business purposes.

Relevant documents

One of the following documents:

  • Proof of the transaction in the form of an invoice, a receipt, a purchase agreement or the like.
  • Receipt for registration in the Register of Foreign Service Providers (Registret for Udenlandske Tjenesteydere), RUT. The receipt must be reforwarded by the employer to the employee.
  • Proof of social security (PD A1) in connection with work in another EU/EEA country issued by the authorities in the country of origin of the employer/the self-employed person.

You can enter Denmark if you are a seaman signing on or off in Denmark in connection with crew changes. You can also enter Denmark if you are an aircraft crew member, a diplomat, an offshore worker or belong to another category of persons mentioned in Annex VII of the Schengen Borders Code.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation from your employer of where and when you are to sign on or off.

Proof of your business in Denmark, your employment contract and possibly a document confirming that you are travelling for business purposes.

 

If you are a diplomat, you must show your diplomatic passport and proof that you are travelling as an official of the state.

You can enter Denmark if you are going to a job interview.

Relevant documents

The invitation to the job interview from the Danish company. Contact details for the contact person at the Danish company must appear.

You can enter Denmark if you are enrolled at an educational institution that is open on the condition that you must attend classes or have an exam requiring physical presence.

You can also enter Denmark if you are going to take an admission test or the like that cannot be taken online and is a prerequisite for being admitted to a Danish educational programme. The educational programme for which you are taking the test must be offered by a Danish public educational institution.

 

Moreover, you can enter Denmark if you have been admitted to an educational institution in Denmark. You must enter Denmark as late as possible before the start of your study programme. If you have already found a place to stay, you can enter Denmark as from the date when your lease commences or when you can move into your accommodation. If you have been issued with a student residence permit, you can present your residence permit as proof that you are entitled to live and stay in Denmark.

Relevant documents

A letter of confirmation from the educational institution at which you have enrolled or at which you are taking an admission test. It must also appear that the educational institution is open and that you have business requiring physical presence such as classes or an exam.

 

If you enter Denmark more than two weeks before the start of your study programme to settle in Denmark, you should bring the lease, deed of conveyance or the like.
 
If you have been issued with a student residence permit, you can present your residence permit as proof that you are entitled to live and stay in Denmark.

 

You can enter Denmark if you have a traineeship that is a mandatory element of a formal further education programme in another country.
In that case, the traineeship in Denmark will be deemed to be in the same category as education in Denmark.

Relevant documents

A letter of confirmation from your foreign educational institution that a traineeship in another country is a mandatory element of your education programme as well as the trainee contract with your Danish traineeship workplace.

You can enter Denmark to attend a folk high school programme.

Relevant documents

A letter of confirmation from the folk high school that you are enrolled at the folk high school and that the school is open.

You can enter Denmark if you have an au pair placement with a family in Denmark.

Relevant documents

Your residence permit, registration certificate or residence card.

Private matters

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, sibling, stepsibling, grandparent, stepgrandparent, child, stepchild, stepgrandchild or stepgrandchild of a Danish national resident in or permanently staying in Denmark or of a foreigner resident in Denmark and otherwise have a legal right to enter Denmark.

 

The relationship between sweethearts must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person.
Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

 

Relevant documents

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc.

 

You are also advised to bring a copy of the health insurance card of the person resident in Denmark. The nature and duration of a relationship can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

 

Download declaration form (English)

Download declaration form (Danish)

 

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.
The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are the spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parent, stepparent, sibling, stepsibling, grandparent, stepgrandparent, child, stepchild, stepgrandchild or stepgrandchild of a Danish national resident abroad and otherwise have a legal right to enter Denmark. You must enter Denmark together with your Danish family member.

Relevant documents

Danish nationals entering Denmark are advised to bring their Danish passports. As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate.

 

As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc. As live-in partners you must be able to prove that you live at a shared residence, whereas the relationship of sweethearts must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person.

 

The nature and duration of a relationship can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the Danish national declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark together with the Danish national.

 

Download declaration form (English)

Download declaration form (Danish)

You can enter Denmark for the purpose of having parenting time with minors.

Relevant documents

Your children's certificates of birth or baptism and copies of your children's health insurance cards.

You can enter Denmark if you are the primary caregiver of minors living in Denmark, such as a foster family that is not part of the nuclear family.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the authorities that you are the primary caregiver of the children and copies of the children's health insurance cards.

You can enter Denmark if you want to visit a seriously ill or dying person in Denmark. The spouse, live-in partner, sweetheart, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, sisters, brothers, parents, stepparents, grandparents, stepgrandparents, parents-in-law and children-in-law of a seriously ill or dying person can normally enter Denmark.

 

The relationship between sweethearts must have lasted for a certain period, normally three months, and you must have met regularly in person.

 

Accordingly, sweethearts whose relationship has been based merely on written and telephone contact are not deemed to have a worthy purpose under the current entry restrictions.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation from the relevant healthcare professional passed on to you with the sick person's consent. Moreover, proof of the family relationship must be provided.

 

This could be in the form of certificates of birth, baptism, marriage etc.

 

As proof of marriage you are advised to present a marriage certificate. As proof of a family relationship you are advised to present a certificate of baptism or birth etc.

 

The nature and duration of a relationship between sweethearts can be substantiated by a solemn declaration in which the person resident in Denmark declares under penalty of perjury to be in a relationship with the person who wants to enter Denmark and that the purpose of the entry is to visit the person resident in Denmark.

 

Download declaration form (English)

Download declaration form (Danish)

 

The solemn declaration must be brought on paper (the original document or a printout/photocopy) and handed in at the border control point.
The form can be used for repeated entries into Denmark.

You can enter Denmark if you are to participate in the imminent birth of your child with the consent of the mother-to-be. Normally, you can enter Denmark three weeks prior to the due date.

Relevant documents

As proof of the upcoming birth and your parental connection to that child you are advised to present a copy of the maternity record and a letter of consent from the mother-to-be stating that she acknowledges that you are the parent-to-be of the child and that she wants you to participate in the birth of the child.

You can enter Denmark if you are to continue treatment at a Danish healthcare institution.

In this context, treatment at a private hospital is considered the same as treatment at a public hospital.

Relevant documents

A notice from the healthcare institution.

You can enter Denmark to attend a funeral.

Relevant documents

You are advised to present a letter of confirmation from the caretaker, the church office or the chapel verifying that they are handling the funeral.

Legal matters etc.

You can enter Denmark to participate in legal proceedings.

Relevant documents

You are advised to present the letter of summons from the court.

You can enter Denmark if you have urgent business at an embassy or consular mission in Denmark.

Relevant documents

A document from the embassy or consular mission in Denmark confirming your urgent business and the date and time of your appointment.

Property

You can enter Denmark if you are the owner of a summerhouse, an allotment shed or a boat or are a permanent resident at campsite, and you can bring your spouse, live-in partner, fiancé, sweetheart, parents, stepparents, grandparents, stepgrandparents, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, stepgrandchildren as well as other members of your household. You must enter Denmark together with the owner.

Relevant documents

Proof of your ownership of the summerhouse or allotment shed, such as the deed of conveyance, contract of sale or tax information. Proof that you are a permanent resident at a campsite or have a berth.

 

If you bring the above family members, you must bring proof of your family relationship, such as your marriage certificate, certificates of birth, proof of shared residence etc.

Holiday

You can enter Denmark if you have booked a holiday stay for at least six nights. It could be a stay in a rented summerhouse, at a campsite, at a hotel etc. You can also go on holiday in a private home or a privately let summerhouse for at least six nights. The six night can be in different locations in Denmark.

The requirement of at least six nights cannot include a stay in the Faroe Islands or Greenland.

Relevant documents

Booking confirmation/rental agreement from hotel, campsite or summerhouse rental agency stating the place of accommodation, the duration of the stay and the names of the persons who have booked the stay.

Proof of a stay in a private home must contain information about the location of the home and contact details of the persons entering Denmark and the person(s) letting or lending the home.

You can go on holiday in Denmark in your own boat or in a rented boat if you can provide proof that you will stay for at least six nights in a yachting marina. You do not have to spend all six nights in the same marina.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation that you have booked a berth in a Danish yachting marina for at least six days.

You can go on holiday in a private home or a privately let summerhouse for at least six nights.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation that you have borrowed the home, an agreement for private accommodation or confirmation of booking. The documents must contain information about the location of the home and contact information of the persons entering Denmark and the person(s) letting or lending the home.

If you are going on holiday in Denmark and want to spend the nights in an outdoor shelter or in your own tent, you must provide proof that you have booked an outdoor shelter or a tent pitch. You must have booked the outdoor shelter or tent pitch for at least six nights.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation that you have booked an outdoor shelter or a tent pitch.

If you are going on an Interrail trip and are planning to stay in Denmark, you can enter the country if you stay in the country for a period of at least six nights.

 

Relevant documents

Confirmation of booking from a hotel, campsite, summerhouse rental agency or the like stating the place of accommodation, the duration of the stay and the names of the persons for whom the stay has been booked.

You can enter Denmark as a tourist on a cruise liner if you can present proof that you have booked at least six nights at a hotel, campsite etc. in Denmark.
Hotlines to the authorities

Foreigners arriving in Denmark will be refused entry into Denmark at all internal and external borders unless they comply with the entry requirements.

If you cannot find an answer to your question on the website, you can call the dedicated hotline of the Danish police to get an answer to your question about worthy purposes of entry into to or transit through Denmark.

Call at tel. +45 7020 6044

 

Hotline hours:

Weekdays from 08.00-16.00.

You cannot send emails to the police about worthy purposes of entry.

The Global Help Desk of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be contacted 24/7 for questions about travelling abroad:

 

Call at tel. +45 3392 1112
Email: bbb@um.dk


Please note that the Citizens Service Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot answer any questions about entry into or transit through Denmark, nor about worthy purposes. Such questions can be addressed on the arrivals hotline of the Danish police.
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