See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Denmark for information on U.S.-Denmark relations.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Denmark.
Dual Nationality: As of September 1, 2015, Denmark allows the acquisition of dual citizenship. More information can be found on the Danish Ministry of Immigration’s website.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page.
Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. On February 14, 2015, at an event in Copenhagen, Denmark, a gunman opened fire killing one person and wounding three police officers. U.S. citizens should be aware that attacks can take place without prior warning.
When traveling or living in Denmark, you should:
Freetown Christiania, located in the Christianshavn area of Copenhagen, is known for illicit drug activity. Recent drug enforcement efforts have resulted in clashes between the police and Christiania residents. Christiania residents have imposed a strict no-photography policy; tourists have been assaulted and robbed for taking pictures. Police and emergency services are limited in Christiania.
Crime: Violent confrontations involving organized crime groups operating in Denmark occasionally take place. Travelers should be aware of their surroundings and immediately leave the area if they feel threatened. Pickpocketing and purse-snatching operate aggressively in areas frequented by tourists, as well as on crowded trains and buses, and at train stations – Copenhagen Central Station in particular. More sophisticated thieves also target the Copenhagen Airport and cruise ship quays. Do not place any bags containing valuables, such as your passport or credit cards, on the ground or on the back of a chair. Watch your computer bag, which is particularly desirable to thieves. U.S. citizens are encouraged to review the OSAC Crime and Safety Report for more information on Crime in Denmark.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(45) 3341-7100 or +(45) 3341-7400 for after-hours assistance. For non-life threatening situations, individuals in the greater Copenhagen area may dial 1813 to reach an urgent medical helpline. Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Denmark Victim Compensation Program: Denmark has a program to provide financial compensation to victims who suffer serious injuries due to crime.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Danish Compulsory Military Service:
Greenland: Special Circumstances
Removal of Natural Resources:
Cruise Ship Travel: If you are considering travel on cruise ships near Greenland, you should:
Greenland by land: Greenland’s landscape is vast and remote. Periods of darkness, extreme temperatures, and fast-changing weather are common.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Denmark. See our LGBTI travel information page and section six of the Department of State's Human Rights Report for further details.
Persons with Mobility Issues: Danish law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities in employment, education, and access to health care or other state services. In addition:
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.
Excellent medical facilities are widely available in Denmark. Hospitals are modern and fully-equipped. Medical facilities in Greenland and the Faroe Islands are limited, and evacuation is required for serious illness or injury.
We do not pay medical bills, and U.S. Medicare does not pay claims overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Denmark to ensure the medication is legal in Denmark. Always carry your prescriptions medication in its original packing with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For further health information, go to:
Road Conditions and Safety: Danish roads are of high quality and connect all areas of the country.
Greenland has no established road system. Most domestic travel is by foot, boat, or air.
The majority of the Faroe Islands are interconnected by roads and tunnels, and boats. On the large islands even small hamlets are generally accessible by road. Travel on the smaller islands is mostly done on foot.
Public Transportation: Denmark has an extensive and efficient public transportation system. Trains, buses, and ferries connect Copenhagen with other major cities in Denmark and with Norway, Sweden, Poland, and Germany.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Denmark’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Denmark’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Denmark should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website (select “broadcast warnings”).
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
List of Attorneys - U.S. Embassy Copenhagen
Denmark is a party to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. Complete information on the operation of the Convention, including an interactive online request form are available on the Hague Conference website. Requests should be completed in duplicate and submitted with two sets of the documents to be served, and translations, directly to Denmark’s Central Authority for the Hague Service Convention. The person in the United States executing the request form should be either an attorney or clerk of court. The applicant should include the titles attorney at law or clerk of court on the identity and address of applicant and signature/stamp fields. In its Declarations and Reservations on the Hague Service Convention, Denmark formally objected to service under Article 10, and does not permit service via postal channels. For additional information see the Hague Conference Service Convention web page and the Hague Conference Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Service Convention. See also Denmark’s response to the 2008 Hague Conference questionnaire on the practical operation of the Hague Service Convention.
Service on a Foreign State: See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.
Service of Documents from Denmark in the United States: See information about service in the United States on the U.S. Central Authority for the Service Convention page of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Service Convention site.
Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.
Denmark is a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters. The Central Authority for Denmark for the Hague Evidence Conventiondesignated to receive letters of request for the taking of evidence is the Ministry of Justice. See the Hague Evidence Convention Model Letters of Request for guidance on how to prepare a letter of request. Requests for compulsion of evidence under the Hague Evidence Convention are transmitted directly from the requesting court or person in the United States to the Danish Central Authority and do not require transmittal via diplomatic channels. Denmark accepts Letters of Request in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish. English language requests and accompanying documents should be accompanied by translations. Denmark will not accept Letters of Request in French. See the Danish Declarations and Reservations regarding the Hague Evidence Convention. See also Denmark’s response to the 2008 Hague Conference questionnaire on the practical operation of the Hague Evidence Convention.
Requests from Denmark to Obtain Evidence in the United States: The U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention is the Office of International Judicial Assistance, Civil Division, Department of Justice, 1100 L St., N.W., Room 11006, Washington, D.C. 20530.
Pursuant to Articles 15 and 16 of the Hague Evidence Convention, Denmark declared that depositions may not be taken by diplomatic or consular officers without prior permission from the Danish Ministry of Justice. The Ministry is extremely reluctant to grant such permission. This is irrespective of the nationality of the witness. According to the Danish Ministry of Justice, it is a prompt, easy and inexpensive process to take evidence at Danish courts, and therefore the Ministry is of the opinion that generally there is no reason to use a method which, pursuant to the Danish conception of law, appears less satisfactory. Voluntary witnesses deposed outside Danish courtrooms cannot be prosecuted under Danish law for perjury. Telephone depositions are not permitted. Denmark also declared that the taking of evidence by commissioners under Article 17 of the Convention is not permissible in Denmark.
Denmark is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. Denmark’s competent authority for the Hague Apostille Convention will authenticate Danish public documents with Apostilles. For information about authenticating U.S. public documents for use in Denmark, see the list of U.S. Competent Authorities. To obtain an Apostille for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America, contact the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Vital Records Office.
Denmark and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since July 1, 1991.
For information concerning travel to Denmark, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Denmark.
The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.
The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention. In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Denmark. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
The Danish Central Authority (DCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs. The DCA reviews the application for completeness and forwards it to the Bailiff’s Court (Fogedretten) in the jurisdiction of the child’s residence. The DCA will forward the completed application to the appropriate court within two working days. The DCA can be reached at:
Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs Child Abduction Unit (Familieretskontoret)
Holmens Kanal 22
1060 Copenhagen K
Telephone: +45-3392 9300
Telephone Hot Line: +45-4050 5026
To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Denmark, the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) encourages a parent or legal guardian to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State’s website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process. The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the DCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.
There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the United States or Danish central authorities. Parents involved in Hague proceedings may obtain advice at no charge from the DCA. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.
A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Denmark. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Denmark. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
The DCA will automatically appoint legal representation when the Hague application is forwarded to the Bailiff’s Court (Fogedretten). Applicant parents who choose to retain the services of a private Danish attorney to assist them with ongoing Hague proceedings are responsible for all legal costs; however, a parent can apply for legal aid through the attorney if he/she cannot afford the legal fees. A private attorney should contact the DCA prior to filing a Hague return application directly with the court.
The DCA publishes a list of family law attorneys in Denmark on their website, who are specifically familiar with Hague Convention cases.
The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, posts a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list.Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.
If desired, the parents can submit a request for mediation to the court. A judge or attorney will act as a mediator with the intent of resolving the dispute through mediation, which is free of charge. If the mediation is unsuccessful, the case will return to the court.
While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent. Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.
For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.
Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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Available. Free of charge from the State Church Registrar. Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Fodsels og Daabsattest) is issued to persons baptized in a Danish State Church; Birth and Name Certificate (Fodsels og Navneattest) is issued to persons not baptized in a Danish State Church.
Available. Free of charge. Deaths in Denmark are registered with the State Church Registrar in the parish where the deceased was a permanent resident, or, if a tourist, in the parish of the place of death. The Death Certificate issued by the State Church Registrar contains no information about the cause of death. Death Certificates containing information about cause of death may be requested by medical doctors or insurance companies for a fee of Danish Kroner 175 from the Danish National Board of Health (Sundhedsstyrelsen.)
Available. Free of charge. Civil marriage certificates (vielsesattest) are issued and filed with the town halls. Marriages performed by a minister of the State Church are filed with the State Church Registrar.
Available. Fee is Danish Kroner 500. Danish law provides for divorce to be obtained by Administrative Order (skilsmissebevilling) issued by one of the 5 Local State Administrative Offices (Statsforvaltning) or by Court Order (skilsmissedom.) Administrative divorce can be granted only in cases when both parties agree to the divorce and to the conditions thereof.
A Separation Order (separationsbevilling) is issued upon application from one of the spouses regardless of the position of the other spouse. If the parties can reach an agreement, divorce will be granted upon application after a 6-months waiting period during which the parties must live apart.
Available. A penal record (Straffeattest) is available to all persons 15 years of age or over. Individuals in Denmark can obtain a copy of their police record within minutes by requesting one in person at virtually any police station in Denmark. (Parental consent is required if the person is under 18 years old.) Individuals outside Denmark can obtain a copy free of charge by sending a written request along with their CPR number and a copy of their passport or birth certificate to:
Post Box 93
Conviction records are sealed within five years of completion of the sentence and are generally not release for any purpose. Convictions resulting in a fine or no imprisonment are sealed two or three years after sentencing. Convictions are listed by citation of the pertinent section of the penal code only. Details of a conviction may be obtained from the court transcript (Uddrag af Dombogen) which lists the charge, the court findings and the judgment. The court transcript is issued by the appropriate court for a fee dependent upon the length of the transcript and only upon application from the individual concerned. In rare instances a penal record may be issued covering the applicant's entire lifetime upon direct application by the individual to the Ministry of Justice (Justitsministeriet).
Police records are indexed by the individual's unique CPR (Personal Identity) number. All Danish citizens and permanent residents in Denmark are assigned a CPR number. While unusual, it is possible that a non-Dane could have lived in Denmark for an extended period without obtaining a CPR number (as in the case of foreign diplomats, etc.). In such cases, records are indexed by name and date of birth.
All valid records for Danish citizens and permanent residents must contain the individual's name and CPR number. Police certificates containing only name and date of birth (but no CPR number) should only be accepted from applicants who have a credible explanation as to why they do not have a CPR number (such as foreign diplomats, etc.).
Please note: Police records with only name and date of birth but no CPR number will only show convictions under the name stated on the record. Prior convictions (during the 5-year period covered by the record) under a different name used (such as maiden name or former last name) will not appear on the record.
Available. Free of charge. May be obtained upon written request from the Danish Criminal Welfare Authorities (Kriminalforsorgen.)
Military records/certificates are available.
Not Drafted or Unfit for Service
Persons who have attended a medical examination (Session) required by the Danish military, but who have not been drafted for service (or ever worked for the Danish military or the Danish Emergency Management Agency), or who have been found unfit for service, must obtain a "Certification (Draft Board)". Please see contact information below.
The certificate will state whether the person was simply "not drafted", or if found "unfit for service", it will give a brief explanation of the reason.
Discharged Members of the Danish Armed Forces
Persons who have previously served in the Danish military must obtain a "Certification Regarding Military Service". Please see contact information below.
The certificate will state: Military rank, branch (Army, Navy or Air Force), dates of service, military specialty, and whether the person has received training in handling explosives.
Persons on Active Duty
Persons currently employed by the Danish military should contact the address below for information on how to obtain a military record.
Persons who are Serving or Have Served in the Danish Emergency Management Agency
Such individuals must obtain a "Certification Regarding Service in the Danish Emergency Management Agency". Please see contact information below.
The certificate will state: Military rank, dates of service, specialty occupation or training.
PLEASE NOTE: A military record can only be requested upon application from the individual concerned, and it can only be sent directly to the applicant due to the Danish privacy act.
Applications should be sent to:
7470 Karup J.
Phone: [+45] 32 66 55 31 (the last two digits can also be 32 - 42 (#38 excluded)
Persons in possession of a Danish Social Security Number (CPR-number) can file for a name change with the Registrar of the State Church Office in his local parish. The Registrar will issue a new Birth and Baptismal/Name Certificate. All previous names are kept on file with the State Church Registrar. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, any person may ask for release of information registered in his name by contacting the State Church Registrar in writing. State Church Registrations have been entered electronically since 2003, which makes it possible to request release of information online over your digital signature by visitingwww.personregistrering.dk
Copenhagen, Denmark (Embassy)
APO AE 09716
All nonimmigrant visa categories for all of Denmark, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Immigrant visas are processed by the embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
Persons resident in, or born in Greenland or the Faroe Islands, may have Greenlandic or Faroese passports. They are, however, Danish citizens, and the reciprocity schedule for Denmark applies to them.