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Denmark - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Denmark. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Petty crime (such as pickpocketing, luggage snatching and purse snatching) occurs in large cities and in tourist areas, on public transportation and in restaurants, particularly during the tourist seasons (summer months and winter holiday season).
Pickpockets and purse snatchers may work in teams; one distracts the victim and another commits the robbery. Hotel lobbies and restaurants attract professional, well-dressed thieves who do not attract attention. Be vigilant and ensure your personal belongings are secure at all times.
Canadians should be aware that gang-related violence can occur in Nørrebro, an area in the northern part of Copenhagen. Remain vigilant about your surroundings and avoid large unofficial gatherings.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service maintains a public alert system on terrorism. Consult the website of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service for more information. On February 14, 2015, a gunman fired on a crowd in a café in Copenhagen, killing one person and injuring three police officers. Several hours later, a further shooting resulting in injuries was reported at a synagogue in central Copenhagen. Expect tighter security measures and increased police presence at high profile events or locations. Remain vigilant, keep informed of the current situation, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.
Bus, train and taxi services are extensive.
Ferry services, available for transport to Denmark’s many islands, may be disrupted during winter due to inclement weather.
See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
Cyclists are numerous in Danish cities and often have right-of-way over pedestrians and automobiles. In Copenhagen, bicycles may be rented for a small fee but cannot be taken out of the inner-city area.
Motorists should be sure to check bicycle lanes before turning right, and pedestrians should watch carefully for bicycle traffic when crossing the street.
Demonstrations occur periodically in larger urban centres. Although the demonstrations are usually peaceful, avoid them as a safety precaution.
General safety measures
Exercise normal safety precautions and avoid poorly lit areas at night.
Ensure your personal belongings and passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Danish authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Royal Danish Embassy and its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Denmark, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days*
Business visa: Not required
Work visa: Required
Student visa: Required. You must also show proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
* The 90 days begin upon initial entry into any country of the Schengen area.
The following 26 countries comprise the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The Schengen area has common rules regarding visas and controls at external borders.
You do not need visas for short-term visits of up to 90 days within a six-month period. Your stays are cumulative, and include visits to any country within the Schengen area. Some countries require that you register with local authorities within three working days of your arrival.
It is important to get your passport stamped when entering the Schengen area. The absence of an entry stamp from the initial Schengen port of entry could create difficulties during subsequent encounters with local police or other authorities throughout the Schengen area.
After 90 days of stay in the Schengen area, you must leave for another 90 days before you can re-enter.
If you overstay the permitted 90 days in the Schengen area, you may be fined or deported. To visit for longer than 90 days, you must obtain a long-stay national visa.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.
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Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Tick-borne encephalitis is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system. It is spread to humans by the bite of an infected tick. Vaccination should be considered for those who may be exposed to ticks (e.g., those participating in outdoor activities in wooded areas) while travelling in regions with risk of tick-borne encephalitis.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
|* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.|
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Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Western Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Excellent health-care facilities are widely available. Emergency medical treatment is provided free of charge, but patients must pay for follow-up care.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws & culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
Canada and Denmark are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Denmark to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Danish authorities.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
You must be at least 18 years old to drive a car in Denmark.
An International Driving Permit is recommended.
Penalties for drinking and driving, as well as for speeding, are strict.
The use of mobile telephones while driving is illegal, unless the phone is fitted with a hands-free device.
Headlights must be used at all times.
The currency of Denmark is the Danish krone (DKK).
Automated banking machines are widely available and credit cards widely accepted. Many hotels, restaurants, stores and banks, however, will only honour credit cards that have the new “chip and PIN” technology. Some stores will add a surcharge to the total amount when payment is made with a foreign credit card.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.
Natural disasters & climate
Natural disasters & climate
Flooding is a threat in coastal areas protected from the sea by dikes.
Copenhagen - Embassy of Canada
For emergency assistance after hours, call the Embassy of Canada to Denmark in Copenhagen and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885.
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