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Summary

  • Exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark. Use common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travel conditions.
  • There is a threat of terrorist attack in Denmark. There were two terrorist shooting incidents in Copenhagen in February 2015. Terrorists are likely to continue planning attacks in Denmark. Denmark's domestic terror threat level is 'significant'. Be alert in public places such as shopping areas, places of worship, sporting venues, public transport, airports and other transport hubs, and places of mass gathering. See ​Safety and security.
  • The north western part of Copenhagen has seen some shootings in relation gang warfare. Police have increased their presence in the area in recent months, and have established visitation areas where random searches may take place. See ​Safety and security.
  • Professional pickpocketing is on the rise, particularly in Copenhagen. Remain alert in crowds and places frequented by crowds particularly in tourist areas, public transport and near ATMs. See ​Safety and security.
  • Temporary border controls are in place. ID checks apply at land and sea borders. Carry your passport and/or Danish residency permit when entering and exiting Denmark. See Entry and exit.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.

Entry and exit

Visas

Denmark is a party to the Schengen Convention, along with a number of other European countries. This allows you to enter Denmark without a visa in some circumstances. Read the Smartraveller Schengen Convention bulletin before you leave Australia.

As visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Denmark for the most up-to-date information.

Other formalities

In January 2016, Denmark reintroduced temporary border controls at some borders, particularly ports with ferry connections to Sweden, Germany and at the Danish-German land border. Sweden has similar controls in place. Ensure that you carry your passport and/or Danish residency permit when entering and exiting Denmark.

Passport

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia and has at least two blank pages.

Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place.

Be aware of attempts to obtain access to your passport by deception. If you are forced to hand over your passport, contact the Embassy for advice.

If your passport is lost or stolen, you must notify the Australian Government as soon as possible.

Money

The currency is the Danish Krone (DKK). Declare all local and foreign currencies in excess of 10,000 Euros. The Euro is not accepted in Denmark except in larger international shops and hotels. Automated teller machines are reasonably common and credit cards are accepted in most places. Check that your credit card has 'chip and PIN' technology, as many hotels, restaurants and shops require this.

Safety and security

Terrorism

Denmark has determined its terror threat level is 'significant'. In its terror evaluation in January 2018, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) warned that there are individuals with the intent and capability to commit terrorist attacks in Denmark, but that the overall risk of an attack is limited. 

There were two terrorist shooting incidents in Copenhagen in 2015. In recent years, a number of individuals have been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. Security measures have been enhanced since the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris. Terrorists are likely to continue planning attacks targeting Denmark.

Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities, including Brussels, Paris, Oslo, Moscow and Volgograd. Targets have included aviation, public transport and transport hubs, sporting venues and places of mass gathering, including those frequented by foreigners. In addition, a number of planned attacks have been disrupted by European security services in recent years, including in Denmark.

  • Be alert to possible threats, especially in public places
  • Report any suspicious activity or items to police.
  • Keep an eye on the news for any new or emerging threats.
  • Take official warnings seriously and follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • If there is an attack, leave the affected area immediately if it is safe to do so. 

More information:

Crime

Denmark has a low incidence of serious crime. However, pick-pocketing is on the rise in tourist areas, hotel lobbies and on public transport in and around Copenhagen. Pickpockets and purse snatchers sometimes work together to target an individual.

There is some gang-related crime in Copenhagen. In the area of Christiania in Copenhagen, there have been disturbances and confrontations with authorities. There was a shooting incident in August 2016 with two police officers critically injured. There is also a strict 'no photography' policy in the neighbourhood of Christiania. There have been instances of tourists being assaulted and/or robbed for taking photographs.

  • Take care of your personal belongings, particularly on public transport and in key tourist locations such as national landmarks, museums, railway stations, restaurants and other public places.
  • Carry passports and other valuable possessions on your person, rather than in a bag.
  • Do not take photos in Christiania.

Civil unrest and political tension

Isolated incidents of civil disturbance have occurred, particularly in the tourist area of Christiania in Copenhagen. Though rare, demonstrations and large public gatherings can turn violent.

Keep an eye on the news and plan your movements to avoid any possible or actual protests, rallies or demonstrations.  If you are in an area affected by unrest, follow the advice of local authorities.

Local travel

Road travel

When driving, keep your headlights on at all times. Roads can be dangerous in winter due to icy conditions. Use winter tyres.

Cyclists are very common on Danish roads. Cyclists have the right-of-way. If you’re driving, check cycle lanes before turning. If you’re walking, be careful not to walk on cycle lanes due to a high risk of collisions. Check for cyclists when opening your car door.

More information: Road safety and driving

Driver's licence

You can drive in Denmark with a valid Australian driver's licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP). You must obtain your IDP before departing Australia.

More information: Road safety and driving

Motorcycles

Check with your travel insurer whether your policy covers you when using a motorcycle, quad bike or similar vehicle. Your policy may not cover you for accidents that occur while using these vehicles. Wear, and ensure your passenger wears, a correctly fastened and approved helmet.

Taxis

Use only officially marked taxis.

Public transport

Public transport is efficient and of a high standard.

Sea travel

Cruise ships depart daily from Copenhagen, which is a hub for cruise travel to the Baltic region as well as further afield to the Arctic. Check the operational experience and reputation of cruise operators. Check the standard of on-board medical facilities. Your destination might be remote from search and rescue, evacuation and medical facilities.

Ensure you have appropriate travel insurance specific to the type of travel you are undertaking, and covering any pre-existing medical conditions.

More information: Cruises

Air safety

The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See the Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in Denmark.

More information: Air travel

Laws

Local laws

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Drug laws

Penalties for all drug offences, even for possession of small amounts, include heavy fines, imprisonment or immediate deportation. More information: Drugs

Other laws

Penalties for acts of vandalism, such as graffiti, may include fines, imprisonment and deportation.

Penalties for drink driving and speeding may include heavy fines and prison sentences.

If you’re convicted for an offence, you may be banned from entering the Schengen area for up to six years.

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws apply overseas. If you commit these offences, you may be prosecuted in Australia. Laws include those relating to:

  • bribery of foreign public officials
  • child pornography
  • child sex tourism
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • money laundering
  • terrorism.

More information: Staying within the law

Dual nationals

Denmark recognises dual nationality. More information: Dual nationals

Health

Travel insurance

Take out comprehensive travel insurance before you depart to cover overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation.

Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs. This can be very expensive and cost you many thousands of dollars upfront.

Confirm:

  • what circumstances and activities are and are not covered under your policy
  • that you are covered for the whole time you will be away.

More information: Travel insurance

Physical and mental health

It's important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

  • At least eight weeks before you depart, see your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and implications for your health.
  • Get vaccinated before you travel.

More information:

Medication

Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

Before you leave Australia, check if your medication is legal in each country you're travelling to and find out if any quantity restrictions or certification requirements apply. Consult your doctor about alternatives well in advance of travel

Take enough legal prescription medicine with you to last for the duration of your stay so you remain in good health. Carry copies of your prescription and a dated letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you'll take and that it's for personal use only.

More information: Prescription medicines

Medical facilities

The standard of medical facilities in Denmark is comparable with Australia. Main hospitals are located in Copenhagen, Aarhus and the Odense area. English is widely spoken.

There is no reciprocal health care agreement with Denmark. Costs are comparable with or more expensive than private treatment in Australia. Emergency hospital treatment is generally free but the patient is responsible for follow-up costs.

Natural disasters

Severe weather can have an impact on your travel overseas. Monitor local media for up-to-date information.

If you're visiting an area recently affected by severe weather:

  • confirm your plans and activities with your tour operator or travel provider
  • check the condition of infrastructure and facilities with local tour operators and hotels.

More information: Severe weather

Where to get help

Depending on what you need, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, travel agent, travel insurance provider, employer, or airline. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.

Emergency phone numbers

  • Firefighting and rescue services: 112
  • Medical emergencies: 112
  • Criminal issues, contact police: 112.   Always obtain a police report when reporting a crime.

For non-urgent criminal issues, contact the police at the nearest police station.

Tourism services and products

For complaints relating to tourism services or products, contact your service provider directly.

Australian Government

Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

For consular assistance, contact the

Australian High Commission in Australian Embassy, Copenhagen

Dampfaergevej 26,
2nd floor,
2100 Copenhagen Ø DENMARK
Phone: +45 7026 3676
Fax: +45 7026 3686
Email: genenq.cpgn@dfat.gov.au
Website: denmark.embassy.gov.au
Facebook: Australia in Denmark, Norway and Iceland
Twitter: @AusAmbDK

Check the Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

If you are unable to contact the Embassy in a consular emergency, contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas, or 1300555135 within Australia.

Additional information

Additional resources