Denmark Reopening to Tourism

Denmark opened to tourism – COVID travel restrictions (Updated)

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Denmark opened borders with travel restrictions in July 2020 for tourists from the EU and few other countries on its green-list.

Since the beginning of September, travel and entry restrictions to enter Denmark has become more strict and as of OCT 24, only 13 countries are allowed to enter.

Denmark is a Scandinavian country, home to magnificent royal palaces and the colorful iconic Nyhavn harbor.

After a few months of fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the country has started to reopen its borders for tourism and business. In order to keep the numbers under control, the government has decided to impose some restrictions on countries that seem to need a few more months to deal with their own pandemic situation.

Keep reading if you want to know if you are one of the lucky people who can do tourism in this country, and to find out about the requirements the government will expect you to follow so you can enjoy their cities safely.

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What is the current COVID situation in Denmark?

As of NOVEMBER 19th, Denmark has 65,808 confirmed COVID cases and 770 deaths caused by the virus. (Source: Wikipedia)

Current daily rates are between 1000 – 1300 cases.

Which countries can enter Denmark?

Denmark is currently open to only 13 countries. If you come from a “yellow” country, you can start packing because you will be allowed to enter no matter the purpose of your visit. 

For “orange countries” that status at the moment is “banned”!

As of now, any country not a member of the EU, Schengen countries, or the United Kingdom is considered also banned (check few exceptions below). 

Andorra and Malta are considered as banned.

Countries allowed to enter Denmark:

  • Norway (selected regions)
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay

Updated as of 24 OCT (by Danish Government)

Norway – Yellow / Orange Regions

Source: Danish police website

General entry requirements to Denmark

Warning! – Depending on the country you come from you might need to quarantine or to submit more documents, we recommend you to check your embassy website for updates on this.

What are the protocols at Copenhagen’s airport?

Be mindful of regular safety rules and social distancing. Bring enough medically approved masks to last the whole trip and avoid crowds whenever you can –  for example, check-in online, have a pick-up location outside the airport, and pay with contactless methods- 

You DO NOT need a COVID-19 test to transit through the airport, but there is a chance you may need it somewhere else, so do your research before traveling.

Is it safe to visit Denmark during COVID-19?

Traveling to Denmark is not safe and only essential travel is recommended by the CDC. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from Coronavirus should reconsider their travel plans to Denmark. (Source:

How good is the pandemic management in Denmark?

28 OCT Update – Current COVID situation

Denmark is experiencing a 2nd wave of coronavirus since the beginning of September. There are 43,174 confirmed COVID cases and 715 deaths caused by the virus. (Source: Wikipedia)

covid situation in Denmark

Older updates:

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

With 5.822.763 inhabitants, Denmark has reported 18,924 positive cases and 629 deaths. Back in April, the country reached its peak with up to 22 deaths and almost 400 positive cases per day. 

As of September 2020, data suggest the coronavirus pandemic is relatively under control after the country and its islands registered eighth straight weeks with 0 to 2 deaths from COVID-19 at most. This paved the way for the announcement last week on Denmark’s strategy to gradually lift its restrictions to do tourism. 

Since more cases have been reported in the Faroe Islands, Mette Frederiksen, The Prime Minister of Denmark announced children older than 12 must wear face masks on all public transport.

What activities are allowed in Denmark?

  • Football season is back! Just keep in mind, gatherings of more than 500 people are banned. Make sure you get a ticket in advance.
  • Relax and dine- Head to one of the city’s restaurants, bars or cafés and enjoy a quiet moment or share a meal with friends. They are allowed to stay open until 2 a.m. but they cannot admit patrons past 11 p.m. so be there early!
  • What if you want to go party? – Not yet. Nightclubs and other establishments with dancefloors and little sitting room will have to either re-imagine their activities or wait a little longer to open.
  • How about a concert?- Unfortunately, music events with people standing are not permitted yet. 


Don’t think twice, start packing!