From history to hygge, gastronomy to liveability, Denmark is known for many lovely features. In lively capital Copenhagen, you can swim in the canals, ski down a power plant, harvest mussels or sail around in a hot tub.
Outside the city, you can visit Scandinavia’s only Dark Sky Park at Møn, visit Danish wineries, venture on an oyster safari or hike and bike your way around the country’s many trails. It is known as the Land of Everyday Wonder, and we can’t wait to welcome back British tourists.
Can British travellers go to Denmark?
Fully vaccinated travellers, if their second dose was at least two weeks ago, can enter Denmark without having to show a negative PCR test or undergo a period of self-isolation. These rules also apply to those who can prove they have recovered from Covid-19, by showing evidence of a positive PCR test taken more than 14 days and less than 12 months ago.
Those coming to Denmark from the UK who are not fully vaccinated and who haven’t recovered from Covid-19 must take a test within 24 hours of arriving in Denmark and self-isolate for 10 days. This also applies for Danish citizens and people with permanent residence or a residence permit in Denmark. Visitors are able to end this isolation period early with a negative PCR test taken six days after arriving.
Travellers under the age of 16 who enter Denmark are exempt from testing and self-isolation. Those aged 16 or 17 are also exempt from testing and self-isolation if they are travelling with a parent who has been fully vaccinated or has been previously infected.
Get the latest information on regional restrictions here.
As of January 9, fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK must take a Covid-19 test, which can be a lateral flow test, on or before day two, and fill out a passenger locator form.
Travellers returning to the UK who aren’t fully vaccinated must fill out a passenger locator form and take a Covid-19 test before arriving, as well as PCR tests on day two and day eight, and quarantine for 10 days.
What proof of vaccination should I show?
Those vaccinated outside Denmark must show proof of a vaccination approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), with a valid ‘corona passport’ provided 14 to 42 days after the date of your first vaccination.
You can also show proof of having had the AstraZeneca vaccine for the first jab and an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech) for the second.
What can visitors expect on holiday in Denmark?
Denmark requires the use of ‘corona passports’ for entry into hospitality and entertainment venues, for those aged 15 and over. Those who have been fully vaccinated, have been infected with Covid-19 in the past six months, or have tested negative for Covid-19, can get a ‘corona passport’, either through an app, or in a printed document. Valid photo ID should also be presented if carrying a printed document.
A ‘corona passport’ will be needed for some public transport, indoor dining and entry into drinking establishments, local services including hairdressers, indoor venues and events, including church services and conferences, with more than 100 people, and those that are outside with more than 1,000 people. There are also some other circumstances where showing a ‘corona passport’ is needed.
For more information on obtaining a corona passport and when it will be required, click here.
Regular testing is easy and highly accessible, and all tests within Denmark are free. You can find the latest updates here.
Restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs
Restaurants, cafes and bars are open, and those aged 15 and over will need to present a valid corona passport or Covid certificate if they are dining indoors. Face masks must be worn when not seated at a table. Establishments must close between midnight at 5am. Nightclubs and discos are closed.
Face masks or face shields are required on public transport and at the airport. A corona passport must be shown for intercity and intercity light rail, as well as long distance buses.
Museums, theatres, concerts and cultural events
Venues and events, including amusement parks, stadiums and cinemas, with more than 100 visitors indoors, or 1,000 visitors outdoors must present a corona passport or Covid certificate. Face masks are not required in these venues or at these events. For concerts, there is no limit to the number of seated spectators, but there must be no more than 50 standing.
Grocery stores and shopping centres
A face mask or face shield is required in all shops and shopping centres. Alcohol cannot be sold between midnight at 5am. Some businesses may ask for a corona passport or Covid certificate for entry.
A corona passport or Covid certificate is required for entry into services, including hairdressers and tattoo parlours. Some businesses may also require the wearing of face masks or shields.
How can British travellers get to Denmark?
SAS, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, KLM and Norwegian all operate regular flights to Denmark. The latest flight connections are as follows:
- Gatwick – Copenhagen: Two weekly departures with Norwegian
- Heathrow – Copenhagen: 13 weekly departures with SAS and British Airways
- Stansted – Copenhagen: Seven weekly departures with Ryanair
- Manchester – Copenhagen: Five weekly departures with SAS and Ryanair
- Aberdeen – Copenhagen: Three weekly departures with SAS
- Stansted – Billund: Five weekly departures with Ryanair
For information about travelling by road and train, see the official site here.
Catch up on our week-long series of videos, in partnership with Visit Denmark, where we invite you to Discover Denmark. Watch the first instalment below, or visit our Facebook playlist, where you can find out all about the cities and beaches of Denmark, as well as its wine and gastronomy scene.
PICTURES: Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner, Mathias Brandt, Martin Heiberg
Last updated January 19, 2022