What are worthy purposes?

Danish citizens are always permitted entry into Denmark. Other persons wishing to enter Denmark must expect to be rejected at the Danish borders unless they have a worthy purpose (anerkendelsesværdigt formål) for entering.

Worthy purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Persons residing or working in Denmark, including self-employed entrepreneurs performing work in Denmark.
  • Persons commissioned to deliver goods to Denmark or transport goods out of Denmark.
  • Persons entering Denmark to exercise visitation rights with minors.
  • Persons who serve as the primary caregiver for minors residing in Denmark (e.g. foster parents).
  • Persons who are entering to visit seriously ill or dying family members in Denmark.
  • Persons entering Denmark to participate in an ongoing course of treatment administered by the Danish health authorities.
  • Persons who are attending a funeral in Denmark.
  • Persons who are participating in court proceedings in Denmark.
  • Students, to the extent that educational institutions are not closed (and no remote learning options are offered).

This change does not mean that the Danish borders are being closed for entry by Danes or others who live in Denmark that are returning home from holiday or other stays abroad.

If you have plans to travel abroad between now and 13 April, you must be aware of the risks of such travel. The local restrictions may change with very short notice. There is a risk that countries will be quarantining travellers upon arrival, or a risk that you might contribute to spreading contagion.

It is recommended that you regularly check the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The travel advice covers nearly 80 different countries and regions. The technical process of updating the travel advice on um.dk and the embassy websites will be carried out in the coming days.

You can also find information at the websites of the Danish embassies and remember to read the recommendations of the Danish Health Authority.