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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Since 2015, there has been significant pressure on border controls in Europe due to the movement of asylum seekers. Denmark and a number of other European countries have border controls in place. Carry your passport and/or Danish/EU residency permit when entering and exiting Denmark.

Denmark is a part of the Schengen Area, along with a number of other European countries. This allows you to enter without a visa in some circumstances.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact your 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 don't need to declare cash if you're travelling to or from another EU country.

Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia.

Safety and security

Terrorism

There is a threat of terrorist attack in Denmark.

There were two terrorist shooting incidents in Copenhagen in February 2015. In recent years, a number of individuals have been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. Terrorists are likely to continue planning attacks targeting Denmark.

Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. Targets have included public transport and transport hubs, places of worship, sporting venues and places of mass gathering, including those frequented by foreigners. European security services have also disrupted a number of planned attacks. Security measures have increased since the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

In planning your activities, think about places that could be terrorist targets and the level of security provided. 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. Report any suspicious activity to police. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of  local authorities.

Danish authorities assess the terror threat remains ‘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. You can access more information on terrorism from the PET website.  

More information: Terrorist threat worldwide

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 youth centre.

Avoid 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

Gang-related violence is increasing in Copenhagen, particularly in the areas of Nørrebro, Copenhagen North West. Copenhagen Police and the media continue to report gang-related shootings in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Police have set up stop-and-search zones in some areas. This allows police officers to stop and question anyone.

The serious crime rate is low. Pick-pocketing and trick thievery is increasing, particularly in tourist areas, hotel lobbies and on public transport around Copenhagen such as Copenhagen Central Station. 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.

Money and valuables

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

ATMs are reasonably common and credit cards are accepted in most places. Check your credit card has 'chip and PIN' technology, as many hotels, restaurants and shops need this. The 'tap to pay' function is limited to 200DKK.

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.

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

Local travel

Public transport is efficient and of a high standard.

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.

When driving, keep your headlights on at all times. Roads can be dangerous in winter due to icy conditions. Use winter tyres. More information: Road safety and driving

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

You're subject to local laws, 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 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.

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

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

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. If you commit these offences, you may be prosecuted in Australia.

Information for dual nationals

Denmark recognises Dual Nationals. More information: Dual nationals 

Health

Take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm 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 your medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

Consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas.

  • At least eight weeks before you depart, see your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition.
  • Get vaccinated before you travel.

The standard of medical facilities 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 usually free, you'll be responsible for follow-up costs.

More information: 

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. Your destination might be remote from search and rescue, evacuation and medical facilities. More information: Going on a cruise

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, travel agent, travel insurer, tour operator, employer or airline. Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

The national emergency number for police, fire or ambulance services is 112. In non-emergency situations, report any crime to the nearest police station.

Always get 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 help you overseas. For consular assistance, contact:

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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