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Get Ready to Explore Denmark
Interested in visiting Denmark? You probably have a lot of questions. From current COVID restrictions to the general safety of the country, the more you know, the better prepared you will be. Let's dive into this fascinating nation so you can get ready for your upcoming adventure.
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Travel to Denmark from the U.S.
Denmark is the southernmost Scandinavian nation, located in the northwestern part of Europe. Its closest neighbors are Norway, Sweden, and Germany. There are nearly 6 million citizens (5.82M) and 800,000 of them live in the capital city of Copenhagen, the nation’s most populous city.
If you visit Denmark, it's important to understand its geography. It is comprised of a peninsula called Jutland and over 400 additional islands! The main islands, and the ones tourists are most likely to visit, are named Zealand, Funen, and North Jutlandic Island. There are many places to visit and explore among these three islands, as well as within the Faroe Islands.
In addition to the cosmopolitan Copenhagen and its cultural attractions, some of the more remote areas of the country are worth a visit too. If you are a nature lover, Denmark is a perfect country for you to visit! A few other areas that you may wish to explore are:
- Literature lovers should flock to Odense to visit the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen. Be sure to check out the amazing gardens while you are there!
- Families traveling with young children, or those who are young at heart, will love a visit to Legoland in Billund.
- If you'd like to check out the sites from a boat on the water, why not try a lake boat tour? These excursions will give you an amazing perspective on the country.
No matter your reason for U.S. travel to Denmark, you will find something there for you. If you are intrigued by this fascinating country, keep reading! We have a lot to share.
Denmark Travel Restrictions for Travelers from the U.S.
When planning your trip, you will need to consider the standard entry requirements as well as any that pertain to COVID.
Standard Entry Requirements
Standard entry requirements include a passport for those staying in Denmark for under 90 days. It is recommended that your passport remain valid at least six months beyond the date you plan to leave Denmark.
Are you wondering “How long can I stay in Denmark without a visa?” The answer may surprise you. Because it is part of the Schengen Area, U.S. tourists can stay in the country for up to 90 days without having to procure a visa. For further information, the EU page on the Schengen Area is a helpful resource.
Learn everything you need to know about the Schengen Area or getting a Schengen visa.
COVID-Related Travel Restrictions
Current Denmark travel restrictions are pretty much in line with those of most European nations. You will want to familiarize yourself with international travel restrictions and the requirements for a Denmark visa.
Denmark currently has no COVID-19 testing, vaccination, or quarantine requirements for visitors to the country. Utilize an interactive global map to stay abreast of current restrictions and requirements. Your airline can also be a helpful resource when it comes to any changing COVID requirements.
U.S. Embassy Denmark
It is advisable to register your trip with the U.S. embassy in Denmark. The U.S. embassy Denmark contact information is as follows:
Dag Hammarskjölds Alle 24
2100 Copenhagen Ø
+45 3341 7100 is the main telephone number, and +45 3341 7100 is the number to use after hours.
U.S. Travel Restrictions for Travelers Returning from Denmark
Another consideration when planning your trip is any relevant U.S. international travel restrictions that you will need to follow upon return from your trip. You can use our interactive map to get details on your home country’s entry requirements.
NOTE: If you are a foreign national traveling to the U.S., you will also be required to show proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Traveling to Denmark
There are numerous cities and airports that service Denmark with multiple flights: United, Lufthansa, and Brussels Air are among the most frequent. Flights to Copenhagen originate from many U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
When you are in Denmark, you may wish to take advantage of the country's robust public transportation system. If you are in Copenhagen or another large city, you can find affordable transportation that is quite convenient.
Travel and transit through Denmark are fairly straightforward and accessible, even if you don't speak the language.
The Coronapass of Denmark is no longer required to gain access to various public spaces, such as theaters, restaurants, clubs, and the like. However, individual event organizers and business owners can still require use of this pass. It is important to check current information while planning your trip and understanding how these restrictions and requirements could impact your visit.
Is Denmark Safe?
Many first-time visitors wonder, is Denmark safe? A great way to gage the safety level of a destination is by checking the U.S. Department of State travel advisory for the destination. Countries with a ranking of 1 or 2 are generally safer options that just require travelers to exercise usual precautions. Countries with higher rankings (i.e., an advisory level of 3 or 4) means travelers are recommended to either reconsider their travel or to not travel at all.
The country of Denmark did experience some issues with terrorism that are noted on the Department of State travel advisory page, but their anti-terror efforts have been successful in recent years and have thwarted a number of potential incidents.
Of course, no matter when you travel to Denmark, you will want to follow the same common-sense guidelines there that you would in any other location. And as the nation's largest city, tourists often ask, is Copenhagen, Denmark safe? The answer to the question, “is Denmark safe to visit?" is one that may have a different answer for different people. Copenhagen is generally considered a safe country, but it is always good to follow the U.S. Department of State travel guidelines and be aware of any travel alerts that the U.S. government issues.
Like most countries with a level 1 or level 2 travel advisory, there are typically some areas considered less safe than others. For example, the government notes that Freetown Christiania, located in the Christianshavn area of Copenhagen, is known for illicit drug activity and organized crime groups. When traveling to a new city, research any areas to avoid and reach out to your hotel concierge for information once you have arrived.
Additionally, pickpockets frequent tourist areas in Denmark (and most high-tourist cities around the world), so keep your bags zipped and your items on your body at all times. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and leave any area where you feel threatened.
Travel Health Insurance for Denmark
The travel health insurance Denmark visitors should consider is available to obtain before you leave home. In fact, you should begin reviewing your travel medical insurance options once you begin planning other aspects of your trip. Danish citizens do receive universal healthcare, and there are some provisions made for foreign travelers, but the U.S. Department of State encourages travelers to get supplemental travel health insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation.
One option is WorldTrips' Atlas Travel insurance. This insurance coverage is designed for international travelers taking a single trip abroad of up to 364 days. It provides emergency coverage that you may need.
In addition to an Emergency Medical Evacuation benefit and other coverage for unexpected injury and illness, you may also be interested in having travel assistance services to guide you through stressful situations.
Traveling in the COVID era may create a few more hoops to jump through, but it is not impossible. By staying up to date on current requirements and building in some flexibility to your itinerary, you can get back out there and start exploring the world again!
Be Sure to Explore These Related Resources:
- International Travel Tips
- Everything You Need to Know About the Schengen Visa
- Should I Get Travel Health Insurance for My Trip Abroad?
- What Is Emergency Medical Evacuation Coverage and Why Do I Need It?
- Atlas Travel Insurance
- Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance for COVID
- International Travel Checklist During COVID
- International Travel Packing List
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