Fire and rescue services
Call 112 or go to a hospital.
Call 112 or go to the local police station.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Denmark.
Health advice due to COVID-19 is continually changing. Rules and restrictions to prevent outbreaks can change quickly. It’s important to regularly check the rules in the destinations you’re travelling to and transiting through.
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Denmark has set its terror threat level at 'significant' (level 4 of 5).
The threat of right-wing extremism is rising, and ISIL-inspired extremism continues to be a threat.
In the past few years, authorities have arrested several people suspected of planning terrorist attacks.
Terrorists are likely to keep planning attacks in Denmark.
Terrorists have staged attacks in several European cities. Targets have included:
To protect yourself from terrorism:
If there's an attack, leave the affected area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Serious crime is low. Pickpockets often target people in tourist areas. This includes hotel lobbies and public transport in and around Copenhagen.
Pickpockets and bag-snatchers sometimes work together to target people.
There's some gang-related crime in Copenhagen, especially in Christiania.
There's a strict 'no photography' policy in Christiania. Travellers have been assaulted and robbed for taking photographs.
Take care of your personal belongings, especially on public transport, at national landmarks, museums, railway stations and restaurants. Keep your passport in a safe place.
Demonstrations and large public gatherings are not common. However, they can turn violent.
Monitor the media and plan your travel to avoid affected areas.
If civil unrest affects the area you're in, follow the advice of local authorities.
Severe weather can impact your travel. Monitor local media for updates.
Although Denmark is not prone to extreme weather or natural disasters, travellers to Greenland or the Faroe Islands should plan accordingly.
Some places in the Arctic are a long way from mobile coverage and help, including:
Search and rescue teams in the region are highly skilled. However, in an emergency, help depends on the weather and sea conditions. If you need assistance, you may have to wait a long time.
If severe weather affects the area you're visiting:
Register with the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System to receive alerts on major disasters.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy must cover all overseas medical costs, including COVID-19 and medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal with the Danish Medicines Agency
Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
COVID-19 remains a risk in Denmark.
COVID-19 tests are available.
Restrictions are subject to frequent change. Up-to-date information is available on Denmark’s official COVID-19 website or through the official helpline on +45 70 20 60 44.
You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally. The Australian Government can't provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory process.
Local doctors can prescribe a test for Monkeypox if you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with an infected individual. Denmark provides vaccinations for people who have been in close contact with an infected individual and people from specific risk groups.
Other health risks
Other health risks in Denmark are broadly similar to those in Australia.
The standard of medical facilities is similar to Australia. Major hospitals are in Copenhagen, Aarhus and the Odense area. English is widely spoken.
Australia doesn't have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Denmark.
Costs are similar to, or more than private treatment in Australia.
Emergency hospital treatment is usually free, but you need to pay the follow-up costs.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
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.
It's illegal to wear clothing which covers 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 vandalism, such as graffiti, may include fines, jail or deportation.
Drink driving or speeding penalties may include heavy fines or jail.
You may be banned from entering the Schengen area for up to 6 years if you're convicted.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Denmark recognises dual nationality.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, including COVID-19 vaccinations and tests, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Denmark, along with many other European countries, is part of the Schengen area. In some situations, this means you can enter Denmark without a visa.
Check the Schengen Convention before you travel.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Denmark for details about visas, currency customs and quarantine rules.
There are no COVID-19 related restrictions for entry into Denmark.
Denmark accepts Australia's international COVID-19 vaccination certificate, the EU COVID Certificate, and other certificates that meet certain requirements.
COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements can change frequently. Read the step-by-step guide to the travel restrictions that may apply to your particular situation. If you test positive, you should self-isolate and follow medical advice.
Up-to-date information is available on Denmark's official COVID-19 website or through the official helpline on +45 70 20 60 44.
Given changing COVID-19 restrictions throughout Europe, you should carry your passport and/or Danish residency permit when entering and exiting, even if arriving through a Schengen area.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. You can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You could end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
The currency is the Danish Krone (DKK).
Declare all local and foreign currencies over 10,000 euros. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
ATMs are common and credit cards are accepted in most places.
Check if your credit card has 'chip and PIN' technology. Many hotels, restaurants and shops need this.
An increasing number of Australians are travelling to Greenland.
Greenland has no serious security or safety concerns, and the crime rate is low. However, the weather is extreme.
Flights can often be delayed or cancelled at short notice. 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 Greenland. Patients may be evacuated by helicopter to the capital or neighbouring Iceland for treatment.
Search and rescue response will come from many hundreds of kilometres away. They can only provide basic transport and medical care. Make sure you have accessible funds and travel insurance that cover your overseas medical costs, including hospitalisation and medical evacuation.
All COVID-19 restrictions in Denmark have been lifted. Health recommendations and up-to-date information is available in English on Denmark's official COVID-19 website or through the official helpline on +45 70 20 60 44.
At all times, follow the advice of local authorities.
To drive in Denmark you'll need both:
You must get your IDP before leaving Australia.
Always keep your headlights on.
Roads can be dangerous in winter because of ice. Use winter tyres.
Cyclists are common.
When driving, check cycle lanes before turning. Cyclists often have the right of way.
Take care not to walk on cycle lanes. Look both ways before crossing one-way streets as bicycle traffic is often allowed in both directions.
Cross-country cycling is becoming increasingly popular. Plan your route ahead of time. Cycling is prohibited on motorways and some highways.
Cycling-related accidents is the most common cause of injury among foreigners visiting Denmark.
If renting a bicycle, familiarise yourself with Denmark’s cycling rules before riding.
Helmets are recommended but not compulsory when riding a bicycle or electric bike with a top speed of 25km/h. For e-bikes and electric scooters with a top speed above 25km/h, helmets are mandatory and fines apply if you do not wear one.
Check if your travel insurance policy covers you when using a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.
Always wear a helmet.
Use only officially marked taxis.
Public transport is efficient and of a high standard.
Copenhagen is a hub for cruise travel to the Baltic and the Arctic regions.
Before you book a cruise, check the:
You might be going somewhere far from search-and-rescue, evacuation and medical facilities.
Check your travel insurance covers you for the type of travel you're doing. Ensure it covers any pre-existing medical conditions.
We don't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Denmark's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 112 or go to a hospital.
If not life-threatening, out-of-hours medical advice is available on +45 1813.
Call 112 in an emergency.
Call 114 or go to the local police station to report a crime. Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
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