Travel to Denmark

Visa and customs

According to a2zgov, to travel to Denmark, you must obtain a visa in advance and take out medical insurance.

The import of alcoholic beverages is allowed for persons over 18 years of age, strong – 20 years. The import and export of currency is not limited, but tourists entering from outside the EU must declare amounts in excess of 50,000 DKK and travel checks in the amount of 112,000 DKK. Russians can bring into Denmark up to 1 liter of strong drinks or 2 liters of alcohol with an alcohol content of less than 22%, up to 2 liters of table wine; up to 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 g of tobacco; up to 500 g of coffee (or 200 g of coffee extract) and 100 g of tea (or 40 g of tea extract); up to 250 ml of eau de toilette and 50 ml of perfume; personal consumption goods up to 1350 DKK per person.

It is prohibited to import drugs and preparations containing them, ammunition, firearms and explosives, pornography, souvenirs from plants and animals of endangered species, food products without vacuum packaging and any food made from meat and milk, with the exception of children’s and medical nutrition.

Pets are allowed only if there is a veterinary passport with marks of all necessary vaccinations, as well as a medical certificate issued no earlier than 10 days before arrival. Items of artistic or historical value cannot be exported from Denmark.

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Tax free

Value added tax (MOMS, 25%) is included in the cost of all services and goods, so the prices are quite high. Tourists from countries outside the EU can return almost all VAT paid (about 20% of the value of the goods) when leaving the country. To do this, you must make a purchase in the amount of at least 300 DKK, present your passport and fill out a special form, which is then presented when leaving the country. The goods must be sealed and have no signs of use, as well as be accompanied by a receipt and a cash receipt.


The country’s monetary unit is the Danish krone (DKK), in 1 Danish krone 100 era. Current exchange rate: 1 DKK = 8.15 RUB (1 USD = 7.07 DKK, 1 EUR = 7.44 DKK).

Banks are open from Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 16:00, on Thursday – from 9:30 to 18:00. In Copenhagen, some banks are open from Monday to Friday until 17:00, many banks at airports, railway stations and ports operate on an extended schedule. Exchange offices are open every day until 22:00.

Leaving tips in Denmark is not customary: they are included in the bill in hotels and restaurants in advance.

Money can be exchanged in almost all bank branches, post offices and specialized exchange offices. Copenhagen has 24/7 vending machines. Credit cards are accepted everywhere. ATMs can be found in all major banks, hotels and shops. Eurochecks and traveler’s checks (preferably in euros) are accepted by all major banks, hotels, shops and restaurants, not forgetting, however, to charge fairly large commissions.

It is most profitable to change currency at Forex points, where a fee of 20 DKK is charged regardless of the amount, as well as at post offices. Banks in Denmark may refuse to exchange foreign currency in banknotes of large denominations. Most hotels also cash traveler’s checks and exchange major foreign currencies, but at rather unfavorable rates.

How to avoid problems

Denmark is a safe country with a relatively low crime rate. But even here there are places where it is better not to look alone in the evening: for example, in the metropolitan areas of Nörrebro, Nörreport and Bronshoy there are many immigrants who are quite capable of drawing random passers-by into their showdowns. Street thefts are also not uncommon: pickpockets hunt at train stations, in public transport and in popular tourist districts. Almost all of them are well-dressed and practically invisible in the crowd, but if you lose your vigilance for just a minute, both money and documents will be stolen. But the homeless, on the contrary, are immediately visible, but they most often do not cause problems.

The Free City of Christiania is also a very specific place: you can buy and smoke marijuana there, but you can’t take pictures of the surroundings, otherwise a conflict with the locals cannot be avoided.

The Danes diligently observe the rules of the road: they do not exceed the speed limit, fasten their seat belts, and park only in permitted places. If the parking lot is paid, but the ticket is not under the windshield, but is hidden in the glove compartment or taken with you, a fine of 700 DKK is guaranteed. When leaving, it is worth closing the car and not leaving valuables in sight: car thieves are on the alert.

Nature rarely throws trouble on tourists, except that floods sometimes occur in the north. Not all parts of the coast are suitable for swimming: red flags signal the ban. Even if there are none, you should not go into the water in a storm and swim far in unfamiliar places.

Useful phone numbers

Embassy of Russia in Denmark: Copenhagen, Kristianiagade, 5; tel.: (35) 425-585.

Fire department, police, ambulance: 112, in case of danger: 000.

Travel to Denmark