Exercise normal safety precautions. 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. There were two terrorist shooting incidents in Copenhagen in February 2015. Terrorists are likely to continue planning attacks. 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.
- There have been gang war related shootings in the north/north-west areas of Copenhagen. Police have increased their presence in these areas, and 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, 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.
Entry and exit
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Australian Government cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
Denmark is part of the Schengen Area, along with a number of other European countries. This allows you to enter 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.
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 you carry your passport and/or Danish residency permit when entering and exiting.
Check the expiry date of your Australian passport before you travel. Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months from when you plan to leave that country.
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.
The currency is the Danish Krone (DKK). Declare all local and foreign currencies in excess of 10,000 Euros. The Euro is only accepted in larger international shops and hotels. Automated teller machines 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 require this.
Safety and security
Denmark has set its terror threat level at 'significant'. In January 2018, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) warned that there are individuals with the intent and capability to commit terrorist attacks, but that the overall risk of an attack is limited.
There were two terrorist shooting incidents in Copenhagen in 2015. 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. 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.
There is a low rate 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 individuals.
There is some gang-related crime in Copenhagen. There have been disturbances and confrontations with authorities in the tourist area of Christiania in Copenhagen. 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. Tourists have been 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
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.
An increasing number of Australians are travelling to Greenland. There are no serious security or safety concerns in Greenland and the crime rate is low, but the weather is extreme.
Flights can often be delayed or cancelled at short notice and you may need to remain in Greenland for some time. There are no roads or railways between towns. Travel is by air, sea, ski, snowmobile or dogsled only.
Limited medical facilities are available. In the event of a medical emergency, patients will be evacuated by helicopter to the capital of Nuuk, or alternatively flown to neighbouring Iceland for treatment. Search and rescue response will often be dispatched from many hundreds of kilometres away. They are likely to provide only basic transport, medical care and not advanced life-support. Make sure you have accessible funds and travel insurance that cover your overseas medical costs, including hospitalisation and medical evacuation.
When driving, keep your headlights on at all times. Roads can be dangerous in winter due to icy conditions. Use winter tyres, even though they are not legally required.
Cyclists are very common and there are thousands of kilometres of dedicated cycle paths and lanes. If you’re driving, check cycle lanes before turning across cycle lanes as cyclists may have the right of way. Check for cyclists when opening your car door. If you’re walking, be careful not to walk on cycle lanes due to a high risk of collisions. More information:
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.
Road safety and driving
Check with your travel insurer whether your policy covers you when riding a motorcycle, quad bike or similar vehicle. Your policy may not cover you for accidents that occur while using these vehicles. Always wear a helmet.
Use only officially marked taxis.
Public transport is efficient and of a high standard.
Cruise ships depart daily from Copenhagen. It 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.
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.
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.
Penalties for all drug offences, even for possession of small amounts, include heavy fines, imprisonment or immediate deportation. More information: Drugs
It’s illegal to wear clothing which conceals the face while in a public place. You’ll be fined if you don’t comply. This increases for repeat offenders. The law applies to both residents and visitors.
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.
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
Staying within the law
Denmark recognises dual nationality. More information:
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 your medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs. This can be very expensive and cost you many thousands of dollars upfront.
- what circumstances and activities are and are not covered under your policy
- that you are covered for the whole time you will be away.
Physical and mental health
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.
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. 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.
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. Costs are comparable with or more expensive than private treatment in Australia. Emergency hospital treatment is usually free but the patient is responsible for follow-up costs.
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.
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.
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
2100 Copenhagen Ø DENMARK
Phone: +45 7026 3676
Fax: +45 7026 3686
Australia in Denmark, Norway and Iceland
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.