Denmark

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This Advice was last issued on Friday, 26 June 2015.   This advice has been reviewed and updated. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark.

Denmark overall

Summary

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
  • We assess there is a heightened threat of terrorist attack in a number of European countries, including Denmark. This threat is caused by those motivated by the current conflict in Syria and Iraq. There were two terrorist shootingincidents in Copenhagen in February 2015.
  • Denmark has determined its terror threat level is significant. You should remain vigilant in public places and report any suspicious activity to police. See Safety and security for more information.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:
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Entry and exit

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

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.

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.

Safety and security

Terrorism

We assess there is a heightened threat of terrorist attack in a number of European countries, including Denmark. This threat is caused by those motivated by the current conflict in Syria and Iraq. Denmark has determined its terror threat level is significant. You should remain vigilant in public places and report any suspicious activity to police.

There were two terrorist shooting incidents in Copenhagen in February 2015.

In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities, including Paris, Glasgow, London, Madrid, Moscow, Oslo and Volgograd. 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.

In recent years, a number of individuals have been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. The reprinting of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2008 and 2010 led to an increased focus on Denmark and Danish interests as a potential terrorist target.

Travellers can access more information on terrorism from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) website.

Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. See our Terrorist Threat Worldwide bulletin.

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, you should remain vigilant and avoid all such demonstrations and public gatherings. Monitor the media for developments and if you are in an area affected by protests, follow the advice of local authorities.

Crime

Denmark has a low incidence of serious crime. However, pickpocketing and purse snatching are common on the street, particularly during the warmer months (May-September). Pickpocketing can also occur at popular tourist attractions, museums, railway stations, restaurants and other public places.

In an emergency, call 112 for police, fire or ambulance services. In non-emergency situations, you can report a crime to the nearest police station.

Money and valuables

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

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 online or contact the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.

Local travel

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

When driving, headlights must be on at all times. Roads can be dangerous in winter due to icy conditions and winter tyres are recommended. For further advice, see our road travel page.

Airline safety

The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See instead the Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in Denmark.

Please also refer to our general air travel page for information on aviation safety and security.

Laws

You are subject to the local laws of Denmark, including ones 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 drink driving and speeding may include heavy fines and possible prison sentences.

Penalties for all drug offences, even for possession of small amounts, include heavy fines, imprisonment or immediate deportation. See our Drugs page.

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 required to complete national service obligations. For further information, contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Denmark.

Our Dual nationals page provides further information.

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 medical facilities in Denmark 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 generally free, the patient is responsible for follow-up costs.

Where to get help

Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.

For criminal issues, contact the local police on 112. The national emergency number is 112. You should also obtain a police report when reporting a crime.

To complain about tourism services, contact the service provider directly.

The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and can’t do to assist Australians overseas. For consular assistance, see contact details below:

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

See the Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

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.

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

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