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Summary

  • Exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark. Use common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travel conditions.
  • There has been a marked increase in gang-related violence in recent months, mainly in the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen, with incidents of shootings. As a result, Copenhagen Police have established stop-and-search zones in relevant areas. See ​Safety and security.
  • There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. In recent years terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. There were two terrorist shooting incidents in Copenhagen in February 2015.
  • Denmark's domestic terror threat level is 'significant'. Remain vigilant in public places and report any suspicious activity to police. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities. See ​Safety and security.
  • Temporary border controls remain 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.
  • Since 2015, there has been significant pressures on border controls in Europe due to the movement of asylum seekers. Carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen zone. Monitor local media and other information from transport providers for up-to-date information on entry and exit changes and delays.
  • 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.
  • Keep your passport and other identity documents in a safe place.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.

Entry and exit

Denmark continues to maintain temporary border controls, with a focus on Danish ports with ferry connections to Germany and at the Danish-German land border. Carry your passport and/or Danish/EU residency permit when entering and exiting Denmark.

Denmark is a party to the Schengen Convention, along with a number of other European countries, which allows Australians to enter Denmark without a visa in some circumstances. See our travel bulletin on the Schengen Convention for further information.

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 up-to-date information.

Declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling between Denmark and any non-European Union country. This includes notes and coins, money orders, cheques and travellers cheques. If you fail to declare your cash or you give incorrect information on entry to, or exit from, Denmark, you will be fined. You do not need to declare cash if you're travelling to or from another EU country.

Ensure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia.

Safety and security

Terrorism

Danish authorities assess that the terror threat to Denmark remains ‘significant’. Terrorism is a threat throughout the world, including in Europe. In recent years, terrorists have staged attacks in a number of European cities. European security services have also disrupted a number of planned attacks. Targets have included public transport and transport hubs, and public places frequented by foreigners. In recent years, a number of individuals have been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. Security measures have increased since the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris. There were two terrorist shooting incidents in Copenhagen in February 2015.

Remain vigilant in public places and report any suspicious activity to police. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of  local authorities.

Travellers can access more information on terrorism from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) website. In its terror evaluation in February 2017, 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.  

See our Terrorist Threat Worldwide bulletin.

Civil unrest and political tension

Isolated incidents of civil disturbance have occurred. In March 2017, protesters clashed with police in the Copenhagen suburb of Nørrebro on the ten-year anniversary of the demolition of a local left wing youth centre.

Remain vigilant and avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings as they may turn violent. Monitor the media for developments. If you are in an area affected by protests, follow the advice of local authorities. The Danish police force provides regular situational reporting via its website and social media.

Crime

On 5 August 2017, Copenhagen Police issued a statement urging people in the areas of Nørrebro, Copenhagen North West, Brønshøj and Husum to exercise heightened vigilance due to an increase in gang violence and shootings. According to Copenhagen Police, there have been 18 gang-related shootings in Copenhagen since June 2017. The majority of the incidents have involved young men aged 17 to 25 years, and at least two victims had no known gang affiliations.  Copenhagen Police have advised men between the ages of 17 to 25 to be especially alert when visiting these areas.

Copenhagen Police have the power to establish stop-and-search zones and have set up stop-and-search zones in relevant areas of Copenhagen. This allows police officers to stop and question anyone.

Denmark has a low incidence of serious crime. Pick-pocketing and trick thievery is increasing, particularly in tourist areas, hotel lobbies and on public transport around Copenhagen. Be vigilant and keep your personal belongings secure, especially at key tourist locations such as national landmarks, museums, railway stations, restaurants and other public places. Pickpockets and purse snatchers sometimes work together to target an individual.

There have been a number of disturbances and confrontations with authorities in the neighbourhood of Christiania in Copenhagen. There is a strict 'no photography' policy in Christiania. There have been instances of tourists being assaulted and/or robbed for taking photographs.

In an emergency, call 112 for police, fire or ambulance services. In non-emergency situations, report the crime to the nearest police station.

Money and valuables

The currency is the Danish Krone (DKK). The Euro is not accepted in Denmark except in larger international shops and hotels.

ATMs 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.

Your passport is a valuable document, and the loss of a passport can impact negatively on any ongoing travel if it includes special visas or passport features. Always keep it in a safe place. You are required by Australian law to report a lost or stolen passport online or contact the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.

Local travel

Carry a valid passport and/or Danish/EU residency permit with you when entering or leaving Denmark/EU, even if you travel to another Schengen country.

Cyclists are very common on Danish roads. Cyclists have the right-of-way and drivers should check cycle lanes before turning. Pedestrians should be careful not to walk on cycle lanes due to a high risk of collisions. Be aware of cyclists when opening car doors.

When driving, headlights must be on at all times. Roads can be dangerous in winter due to icy conditions and winter tyres are recommended. For further advice, see our road travel page.

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.

Refer to our general air travel page for information on aviation safety and security.

Laws

You are subject to the local laws of Denmark, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. 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. Research laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.

Penalties for drink driving and speeding may include heavy fines and prison sentences.
Penalties for all drug offences, even for possession of small amounts, include heavy fines, imprisonment or immediate deportation. See our Drugs page.

Some Australian criminal laws, such as those relating to money laundering, bribery of foreign public officials, terrorism, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, child pornography and child sex tourism, apply to Australians overseas. Australians who commit these offences while overseas can be prosecuted in Australia.

Information for dual nationals

Denmark recognises Dual Nationals. Our Dual nationals page provides further information.

Health

Take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. 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.

It's important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. Get vaccinated before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health pages also provide useful information for travellers on staying healthy.

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. While emergency hospital treatment is generally free, the patient is responsible for follow-up costs.

Cruise 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. Travellers should be aware of the remoteness of certain destinations from search and rescue, evacuation and medical facilities. Read our Going on a cruise? page for more information.

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

Where to get help

Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

The national emergency number in Denmark is 112. Always obtain a police report when reporting a crime as this will assist your claim with the insurance company.

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

The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and can't do to assist Australians overseas. For consular assistance, see contact details below.

Australian Embassy, Copenhagen

Dampfaergevej 26,
2nd floor,
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Telephone +45 7026 3676
Facsimile +45 7026 3686
Email: genenq.cpgn@dfat.gov.au
Website: denmark.embassy.gov.au

See 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, you can contact the 7 day 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

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