Denmark

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This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 18 December 2013.   It has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark.

Denmark overall

Summary

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions.
  • Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
  • There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities, such as Glasgow, London, Madrid and Moscow. Targets have included public transport and transport hubs, and public places frequented by foreigners. In addition, a number of planned attacks have been disrupted by European security services in recent years, underscoring the continuing interest of terrorists in attacking European locations.
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Entry and exit

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Denmark for the most up to date information.

Denmark is a party to the Schengen Convention, along with 25 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.

People travelling directly to or from a country outside the European Union (EU) who are carrying 10,000 Euros or more (or the equivalent amount in another currency) are required to declare the cash at the place of their arrival or departure from the EU. Under the legislation, the term "cash" includes cheques, travellers' cheques and money orders. Travellers failing to declare the cash or providing incomplete or incorrect information will incur a fine. There is no requirement to declare cash for people travelling to or from another EU country.

Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia. You should carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.

Safety and security

Terrorism

We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark. Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible safety or security risks.

Since October 2005, a number of individuals have been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. In June 2008, the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan was attacked by terrorists. The reprinting of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2008 and 2010 has led to an increased focus on Denmark and Danish interests as a potential terrorist target.
There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities, such as Glasgow, London, Madrid and Moscow. Targets have included public transport and transport hubs, and public places frequented by foreigners. In addition, a number of planned attacks have been disrupted by European security services in recent years, underscoring the continuing interest of terrorists in attacking European locations.

Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. You can find more information about this threat in our General advice to Australian travellers.

Civil unrest/political tension

Isolated incidents of civil disturbance have occurred, particularly in the tourist area of Christiania in Copenhagen. While the majority of demonstrations are non-violent, travellers should remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings and demonstrations as they have the potential to turn violent.

Crime

Denmark has a low incidence of serious crime. In the areas of Christiania, Vesterbro and Norrebro in Copenhagen there have been localised disturbances and confrontations with the authorities. In Norrebro in particular there have been a number of instances of violence between Hells Angels and minority groups, including shootings. Whilst these are mainly gang-related and localised, travellers should exercise caution in these areas.

Organised petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching has increased, particularly during the peak tourist season (May to September). Thieves tend to target the central train station, crowded trains and buses, the airport, hotel lobbies, restaurants, hostels and tourist areas. Travellers should be aware of their personal belongings at all times and not leave their belongings unattended or unsecured.

Money and valuables

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

Before you go, organise a variety of ways to access your money overseas, such as credit cards, travellers' cheques, cash, debit cards or cash cards. Australian currency and travellers' cheques are not accepted in many countries. Consult with your bank to find out which is the most appropriate currency to carry and whether your ATM card will work in Denmark.

Foreign-issued debit/credit cards may not be accepted by some outlets in Denmark, or may incur a user surcharge fee. Credit card transactions require the use of a PIN for identification purposes, not a signature. Some stores in Denmark may not accept credit cards that do not have chip and PIN technology.

Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travellers' cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.

While travelling, don't carry too much cash and remember that expensive watches, electronic equipment, jewellery and cameras may be tempting targets for thieves.

As a sensible precaution against luggage tampering, including theft, lock your luggage. Information on luggage safety is available from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. You are required by Australian law to report a lost or stolen passport. If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, report it online or contact the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.

You are required to pay an additional fee to have a lost or stolen passport replaced. In some cases, the Government may also restrict the length of validity or type of replacement passports.

Local travel

Cyclists are very common on Danish roads and have their own bicycle paths. They often have the right of way and drivers should check cycle lanes before turning. Pedestrians should be careful not to walk on cycle lanes because of the high risk of collisions. You should also be aware of cyclists when opening car doors.

Road conditions in winter can be icy. Roads are normally well salted in central Copenhagen but may not be salted outside of the metropolitan area. Headlights must be on at all times. For further advice, see our road travel page.

Airline safety

Please refer to our air travel page for information about aviation safety and security.

Laws

When you are in Denmark, be aware that local laws and penalties, including ones that appear harsh by Australian standards, do apply to you. If you are arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you but we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Information on what Australian consular officers can and cannot do to help Australians in trouble overseas is available from the Consular Services Charter.

Assaults, however minor, may attract jail sentences and a ban from future travel within the European Union.

Penalties for drink driving and speeding may include heavy fines and possible prison sentences.

Drug possession, even in small amounts, is illegal and will lead to heavy fines and/or imprisonment.

You should carry personal identification at all times, for example either a passport or drivers licence.

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 may be prosecuted in Australia.

Australian authorities are committed to combating sexual exploitation of children by Australians overseas. Australians may be prosecuted at home under Australian child sex tourism and child pornography laws. These laws provide severe penalties of up to 25 years’ imprisonment for Australians who engage in child sexual exploitation while outside of Australia.

Information for dual nationals

Australian/Danish dual nationality is not generally recognised by Denmark. The only exception is if Danish citizenship is acquired as a child, through citizenship by descent. Dual nationals who are registered citizens of Denmark may be liable for three months military service when they turn 18. For further information, contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Denmark.

Our Dual nationals page provides further information for dual nationals.

Health

We strongly recommend that you 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 is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations 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 page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.

The standard of health facilities and care throughout Denmark is high. 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.

Where to get help

In Denmark, you can obtain consular assistance from the:

Australian Embassy, Copenhagen

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

If you are travelling to Denmark, whatever the reason and however long you'll be there, we encourage you to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can register online or in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. The information you provide will help us to contact you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family issue.

In a consular emergency, if you are unable to contact the above Embassy you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

In Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra may be contacted on (02) 6261 3305.

Additional information

For parents

For general information and tips on travelling with children see our Travelling with children page.



While every care has been taken in preparing this information, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees, including any member of Australia's diplomatic and consular staff abroad, can accept liability for any injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained herein.

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