Updates regarding international guest researchers and international employees during the coronavirus outbreak
Updated January 15, 2021
If you are an international guest researcher or PhD student, and you have a planned visit coming up soon, or you are an international employee about to begin a new position at UCPH in the near future, please make sure to familiarize yourself with the information below. Please always make sure to check the latest updates from the Danish authorities about the requirements in place for entering Denmark, as the information is frequently updated. The University of Copenhagen does not have any influence on the current entry restrictions, and it is solely your responsibility to ensure that you adhere to the current entry requirements/restrictions.
You can read more about the current restrictions and general guidelines to prevent spread of the virus in Denmark on the Danish Health Authorities' website.
If you are an international visiting student and you have any questions, please contact the International Education office.
Please read more about the guidelines when being on campus at the University’s intranet.
Information about coming to Denmark
With increasing infection rates and corona mutations, the Danish government has tightened the rules for entry into Denmark. This means that mainly people with a job in Denmark, Danish domicile, Danish citizenship or a Danish residence permit, may enter Denmark with the current restrictions in effect up until and including February 7, 2021.
You can check the specific requirements on the authorities' website.
Persons domiciled in the United Kingdom or South Africa who do not have one of the special worthy purposes will not be allowed to enter Denmark:
- Persons who act as the primary caregiver for minor children in Denmark.
- Persons who are to visit seriously ill or dying family members or sweethearts in Denmark.
- Persons who carry out freight transport to ensure security of supply in Denmark or the EU countries in general.
Furhermore, travellers must present proof at the border to Denmark of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.
Read more on the authorities' website.
Everyone arriving to Denmark by plane must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding. Please read more on the authorities' website.
The border police will check the test certificate and only accepts certificates in the Scandinavian languages, German, English, French, Spanish or Italian. The certificate must clearly show the name of the tested person, the time of the test and the name of the issuer of the certificate. The test must not be inconclusive (no clear result or void analysis).
When you arrive in Denmark, you must apply for a CPR number in order to be covered by the public health insurance. Most people, who are going to live in municipalities in and around Copenhagen, get a CPR number at the International Citizen Center. Under the current restrictions, the Citizen Center in International House has limitied available appointments for CPR number and EU registration. Available appointments will be posted several times a week. If you have any questions, please contact ISM or read more on the International House website. In most municipalities outside of Copenhagen, it is only possible to book appointments for CPR by calling the local citizen service.
Information for people already in Denmark
Corona test with a CPR number and NemID
As part of the Danish government’s aim to increase testing of the general population for the coronavirus, all adults can book a COVID-19 test using their Nem-ID logins at www.coronaprover.dk.
You can read more about getting a test for COVID-19 on the website for the Capital Region of Denmark, as well as information about how to proceed without a CPR number.
Employees at UCPH who are cross-border commuters from Schleswig-Holstein, southern Sweden or western Sweden (Västsverige) may enter Denmark, as having a job in Denmark constitutes a worthy purpose. They must also present a negative COVID-19 test that must have been taken no more than seven days before the date of entry. Please read more on the authorities' website.
If an employee who commutes from Sweden is responsible for critical functions and who for operational reasons has to be present in person at the University, UCPH can pay for a COVID-19 test. Please refer to your manager about payment of tests. At the German border there are test centres where commuters can take a rapid test for free.
If you are stopped by the border police and you need the university to verify your right to cross the border as an affiliate with the University of Copenhagen, please contact Vivian Tos Lindgaard, Head of section, phone + 45 30589809.
Please note, the material located on our site is for informational purposes only, is general in nature, and is not intended to and should not be relied upon or construed as a legal opinion or legal advice regarding any specific issue or factual circumstance.