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- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
Under the EU traffic lights approach, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) publishes a combined indicator map each week which shows COVID-19 risk levels across the EU and EEA. Regions are defined as green, orange, red, dark red or grey, on the basis of agreed criteria. Further information is available on the Re-Open Europa website.
Our TravelWise app has been suspended to take account of the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.
Denmark has once again move to a traffic light system of classifying countries. Depending on incidence rates and level of variants, countries are classed as yellow, orange and red. That classification determines the level of restrictions, which apply to those seeking to enter Denmark. Updates on classification are provided on a weekly basis. Full details are available here: Country categories (coronasmitte.dk).
In order to enter Denmark, all passengers regardless of nationality or purpose will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of entry. This test can be a PCR test or a rapid test. Those habitually resident in Denmark need to show relevant proof (CPR or Health Card). Those habitually resident abroad, if coming from a country classed as orange or red, need to prove that they have a worthy purpose for entry. Details what constitutes a worthy purpose are listed here: Foreigners habitually resident abroad (coronasmitte.dk). There are tighter restrictions for those coming from countries classified as red.
Requirements for restricting movements on arrival are detailed here: Mandatory testing and 10-day isolation for persons entering Denmark (coronasmitte.dk). Those entering Denmark are required to take a rapid test immediately upon arrival and will need to isolate for 10 days, this period can be shortened by a negative PCR test taken a minimum of four days after entry. These restrictions do not apply to those travelling from countries classed as yellow. There are certain exemptions to the self-isolation requirement depending on the reason for entry.
Restrictions are in place throughout Denmark, and you are advised to follow the guidance of the authorities. Please refer to Rules and regulations (coronasmitte.dk) for information about national and local restrictions.
Advice and information on COVID-19 in English can be found via the following links:
General Regulations: corona | covid-19 (coronasmitte.dk)
There is an Irish Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel.
Effective from 16 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland (except those arriving from Northern Ireland) are required to have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test that was carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. This is a mandatory requirement. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence.
If you must travel to Ireland, you are required to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel.
High Degree of Caution
Security Status Last Updated: 21 October 2020 to take effect from 00.00 on 22 October 2020
There are currently no active COVID-19 cases in Greenland. From 3 May, travel reopens to Greenland via Denmark. Full details are available here. The Greenlandic authorities can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org and the COVID-19 hotline +299801100.
The Faroe Islands
There are currently no active COVID-19 cases in the Faroe Islands. Full details on entry requirements to the Faroe Islands are available here The Faroese Government eases travel restrictions - Visit Faroe Islands. The Faroese Ministry of Health provides information on COVID-19, available here.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Denmark by dialling 112.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Get a European Health Insurance Card
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
You need a valid passport to visit Denmark and we advise you to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay, you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
The political situation in Denmark is reasonably stable but there can be occasional outbreaks of social unrest, including, for example isolated incidents of civil disturbance, particularly in the area of Christiania, in Copenhagen.
Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.
There is a threat from terrorism in Denmark, in addition to the ongoing global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Denmark but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Although Denmark’s crime rate is relatively low, there has been a slight rise in non-violent crimes in the past few years. Pickpockets are attracted to crowded, public areas during tourist season so be extra careful to keep your personal belongings such as passports, money and credit cards secure.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Denmark, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Denmark, you should take the same precautions as when in Ireland:
- Bring your full Irish driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- Be aware of Denmark’s traffic laws; dimmed headlights are mandatory at all times, parking violations carry heavy fines, and urban speed limits tend to be lower than in Ireland.
- Road conditions in winter can be icy. Main roads are normally well salted in central Copenhagen but may not be salted outside of the metropolitan area.
- If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
- Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged)
Cyclists are commonplace on Danish roads so be careful, especially when turning right, as cyclists have the right of way. It is vital to check your blind spot for a cyclist before turning.
If you’re using public transport, take care when getting on and off buses, as designated bike paths are usually located between the road and the footpath. Never walk on bike paths.
If you want to hire a bike while in Denmark, make sure it has working front and rear lights, reflectors on tyres and a bell – if it doesn’t, you risk paying a hefty fine.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
The annual “Grindadráp” whaling season in the Faroe Islands generally takes place in the summer months between June and September. This event has attracted protesters and there will be an increased security presence during this period. Anyone engaging in potentially dangerous acts, including to life and/or property, could be arrested.
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it’s your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
You should carry personal identification at all times, for example either a passport or driving licence
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Denmark.
The healthcare system in Denmark is of a very high standard, and in the case of serious injury emergency, medical treatment is free of charge, although you will be charged for follow-up care.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
The currency of Denmark is the Danish krone. Cash is not used for payment as frequently as in Ireland, although ATMs are easy to find. Credit and debit cards are commonly used for payments, although foreign cards often attract a surcharge.
Travellers to Greenland should be conscious of the additional risks implicit in the severe climate of Greenland, and the vast distances involved in travelling to and around the area. Travelling by cruise ship in the north may mean that search and rescue assistance will take a considerable time to arrive, possibly days. Travelling by land also imposes hazards, and anyone contemplating doing so should satisfy themselves that they have hired an experienced local guide.
The main hospital in Greenland, the Queen Ingrid's Hospital in Nuuk, is a modern, well equipped facility. However, serious medical issues may require evacuation to Iceland or further afield. Flights such as these can prove to be extremely expensive.
Given all of this, it is strongly recommended that travellers to the Greenland area acquire sufficient travel insurance to cover the cost of any medical treatment or potential evacuation.
Please note that if you require assistance in the case of emergency while the Embassy is closed, contact the main Embassy number, +45 35 47 32 00 and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox.
This mailbox is monitored regularly.
Embassy of Ireland
Tel: +45 3547 3200
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday : 10.00 - 12.30; Thursday: 10.00 - 12.30 & 14.30 - 16.30
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.