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Telephone: +(45) 3341-7100
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(45) 3341-7400
Fax: +(45) 3538-9616
Postboks Nr. 552
Nuuk 3900, Greenland
Telephone: +(45) 3341-7100
Emergency After-hours Telephone: +45 3341-7400
Fax: +(45) 3538-9616
Please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in the Kingdom of Denmark.
Denmark is a party to the Schengen Agreement. Visit the U.S. Embassy website for the most current visa information.
Traveling Through Europe: If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement.
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.
Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.
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. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack - including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to more effectively target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:
For more information, see our Terrorism page.
Crime: Organized crime groups operate in Denmark, including in and around Copenhagen. Travelers should be aware of their surroundings and immediately leave the area if they feel threatened. In response to crime, police may establish “Search Zones” (“visitationszoner” in Danish) and stop and search individuals.
Pickpockets and purse-snatchers operate aggressively in areas frequented by tourists, as well as on trains and buses, and at transit stations, including Copenhagen Central Station, 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 in public places, such as restaurants, bars, and cafes. Watch your laptop and mobile devices, which are particularly desirable to thieves. U.S. citizens are encouraged to review the OSAC Crime and Safety Report for more information on crime in the Kingdom of Denmark.
When traveling or living in the Kingdom of Denmark, you should:
Freetown Christiania, located in the Christianshavn area of Copenhagen, is known for illicit drug activity. 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.
Demonstrations occur regularly in Denmark. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on holidays, or during international events.
Bear in mind that large public gatherings can affect transportation arteries in the city.
International Financial Scams: See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.
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.
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. Domestic violence victims are also encouraged to file a police report with local law enforcement at 112.
Tourism: The tourism industry is regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. This is especially true in Greenland – a semi-autonomous, self-governing part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenland is vast and remote, and the weather can be unpredictable, making it especially difficult for first responders to access areas. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
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.
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 LGBTQI+ events in the Kingdom of Denmark.
See our LGBTQI+ 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:
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.
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.
For emergency services in the Kingdom of Denmark, dial 112.
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. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
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 the Kingdom of Denmark. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along 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 between towns. 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. There are municipal bus services in large Greenlandic towns, but service times vary and are posted only in Danish and Greenlandic. Consider travel on foot or by cab.
See our road safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit Visit Denmark and Denmark’s Ministry of Transport for more information.
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 the Kingdom of 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”).