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Telephone: +(45) 3341-7100
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(45) 3341-7400
Fax: +(45) 3538-9616
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.
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. Pickpocketers and purse-snatchers 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:
All male citizens 18 years of age and resident in Denmark must participate in a military draft. Conscription periods vary from four to 12 months, according to specialization.
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.
You should use experienced guides.
Official permission is required for travel into the huge Northeast Greenland National Park or for treks across the central ice fields. Check with your tour operator to make sure that the company has received the necessary permission for such trips.
Persons unfamiliar with the area can become disoriented easily and risk long-term exposure to the elements.
Greenland mountains are of moderate altitude, but are technically difficult. You should be familiar with ascent and descent routes.
Local authorities will rescue individuals in difficulty, but land search and rescue capabilities are limited and subject to weather restrictions.
You may be billed for the cost of rescue services.
For more information about traveling to Greenland please visit Greenland Tourism
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 our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. 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. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply 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 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 prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
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 [country name]’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 (select “broadcast warnings”).