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 (pickpocketing, luggage snatching, 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 that do not attract attention. Be vigilant and ensure personal belongings are secured 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.
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.
Kastrup Copenhagen International Airport is a 12-minute train ride from Copenhagen.
Consult our Transportation Safety page 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, it is recommended to avoid them as a safety precaution.
General safety measures
Exercise normal safety precautions and avoid poorly lit areas at night.
Ensure personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all time.
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 the traveller’s 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 which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of their expected departure from the Schengen area and have at least two blank pages. Before you leave, 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. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before allowing entry. Consult the World Health Organization’s country list to obtain information on this country’s requirements.
The Agency strongly recommends that you consult with a travel medicine clinic or health care provider preferably six weeks before departure.
The Agency publishes travel health advice for Denmark.
Excellent healthcare facilities are widely available. Emergency medical treatment is provided free of charge, but patients must pay for follow-up care.
Laws & Culture
You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention FAQ 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 of age 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 fitted with a hands-free device.
The currency of Denmark is the Danish krone (DKK).
Automated banking machines (ABMs) are widely available and credit cards widely accepted. However, many hotels, restaurants, stores and banks will not honour credit cards that do not have the new “Chip and PIN” technology. Some stores will add a surcharge to the total amount if 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
Flooding is a threat in some coastal areas protected from the sea by dikes.
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