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Denmark - Take normal security precautions
Take normal security precautions in Denmark.
Safety and security
Safety and security
Petty crime (such as pickpocketing, luggage snatching and purse snatching) occurs in large cities, particularly during the tourist seasons (summer months and winter holiday season). The areas most affected include:
- tourist areas
- public transportation
Pickpockets and purse snatchers may work in teams. One person will distract the victim while another commits the robbery.
Be particularly alert in hotel lobbies and breakfast rooms because they attract professional, well-dressed thieves. These thieves blend in with the guests and target the bags and purses of distracted patrons.
Ensure that your personal belongings, including passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
Avoid poorly lit areas, particularly at night.
Gang-related violence can occur in Copenhagen, particularly in the neighbourhoods of:
- Amager island
If you travel to Christiania, do not take pictures while you’re there. There is zero tolerance for photography and tourists have become victims of assault and robbery after taking pictures.
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities and further attacks are likely.
Targets could include:
- government buildings, including schools
- places of worship
- airports and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly vigilant if attending sporting events and during religious holidays and other public celebrations, as terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service maintains a public alert system on terrorism. It communicates threat-level changes on its website and through local and social media.
Latest terror threat assessment - Danish Security and Intelligence Service
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Road conditions and road safety are excellent throughout the country.
Cyclists are numerous in Danish cities and often have right-of-way over pedestrians and automobiles.
If you’re driving, be sure to check bicycle lanes before turning right.
When crossing the street on foot, watch carefully for bicycle traffic.
Demonstrations occur from time to time in larger urban centres. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the Danish authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.
Denmark is a Schengen area country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country.
If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa. You must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
Temporary border controls
The Danish government has reintroduced internal border controls at certain border crossings. Canadians may be required to pass through immigration controls when entering Denmark, even if arriving from another Schengen area country.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days within any 180-day period
Business visa: Not required
Work visa: Required
Student visa: Required. You must also show proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
- Measles in Europe - April 24, 2018
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
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.
Outbreaks of measles are ongoing.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause serious complications for some people.
You are at increased risk of measles infection if you have not had the illness or if you are not up to date on your vaccinations.
- Tick-borne encephalitis is present in some areas of this country.
- It is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
- It is spread to humans by the bite of infected ticks or when you consume unpasteurized milk products.
- Vaccination should be considered for those who may be exposed to ticks during outdoor activities.
- A vaccine against TBE does exist but is only available in countries where the disease is present.
- Learn more on what you can do to prevent tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)?
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
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.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
* 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.
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
Health care is excellent. Service is available throughout the country. Emergency medical treatment is provided free of charge, but patients must pay for follow-up care.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
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 and culture
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Canada and Denmark are signatories to the 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.
As of August 1, 2018, it will be illegal to cover your face in public places in Denmark. Failure to comply can lead to a fine.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Denmark.
If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Denmark, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.
Compulsory military service
Male Danish citizens who reside in Denmark are subject to compulsory military service. Even if you’re a dual Canadian–Danish citizen, you may still be subject to this requirement.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
You must be at least 18 years old to drive a car in Denmark.
You should carry an international driving permit.
Penalties for drinking and driving, as well as for speeding, are severe.
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.
- More about the International Driving Permit
- More information about driving in Denmark - European Commission
The currency of Denmark is the Danish krone (DKK).
ATMs are widely available and credit cards widely accepted. Some stores will add a surcharge to the total amount when payment is made with a foreign credit card.
If you are carrying more than €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs upon your entry or exit to the European Union. The sum can be in cash, cheque, money order, traveller’s cheque or any other convertible asset. This does not apply if you are travelling within the European Union or in transit to a non-EU country.
More information about cash controls - European Commission
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
Flooding is a threat in coastal areas, even where protected with sea dikes.
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.
Copenhagen - Embassy of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada in Copenhagen and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services.
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