Guide: How to travel to Denmark and back (Updated May 30)

Updated: May 31

Disclaimer: The information on this page is meant for a guide for the members of the DCCJ. However, as rules and regulations related to COVID19 constantly changing, the DCCJ assumes no responsibility or liability for the information available on this page. Please refer to the relevant authorities in Denmark and Japan, as well as your airline company or travel agency, to confirm that you fulfil the requirements for travel and entry.


Travelling to Denmark


Denmark has lifted all travel restrictions

Source: Travelling to Denmark


From March 29, 2022 there are no COVID-19 restrictions on entry into Denmark.


General COVID-19 restrictions no longer apply in Denmark. However, on board airplanes and when visiting homes for the elderly, social institutions and hospitals, you may be met with requirements regarding face mask and COVID-19 certificate.


Please be aware that businesses and private cultural institutions are allowed to make their own requirements regarding face masks, shields, COVID Certificates etc.


Remember to double-check the requirements from your airline


Please be aware that the airlines might have additional or different requirements, especially if you are transferring on your way to Denmark. Always make sure you comply with the requirements of your airline, or you might risk being rejected at the gate. See the following websites for more:


When are you considered fully vaccinated in Denmark?

Source: Coronasmitte.dk


In general, to be considered fully vaccinated in Denmark, the following requirements apply:

  • The vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or be on the WHO Emergency use listing.

  • A maximum of 270 days have passed since you received second injection in a vaccination course that requires two doses. If your vaccination course requires only one dose, a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 284 days must have gone since vaccination. If you have been revaccinated, you will also be considered vaccinated.

  • Another approved vaccination process: receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine for the first jab and an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech) for the second.

So far, the following vaccines against COVID-19 are in Denmark:

  • Pfizer BioNTech (Comirnaty)

  • Johnson & Johnson – Janssen Pharmaceutical (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen)

  • Moderna (COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna)

  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, formerly COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca).

  • Novavax (Nuvaxovid)

  • Covishield

  • Covaxin

  • Sinovac

  • Sinopharm

You may need to present relevant documentation that you are vaccinated. If you possess the EU Digital COVID Certificate for vaccination, you may present this. If do not, you should check whether your vaccination certificate contains the following information:

  • Name

  • Date of birth

  • Name of the vaccine

  • Date of completion: dates of the 1st and 2nd jabs (for a vaccination process requiring 2 jabs) as well as date of revaccination if one has been received.

To get an official Japanese certificate of vaccination in English, please contact the city hall in your city of residence.


How to get a Danish Corona passport (Coronapas)

Source: Coronasmitte.dk and Sundhed.dk


Danish citizens, including Danish expats with a CPR number and NemID, who are considered to be fully vaccinated (see requirements above), can get the vaccine registered in Denmark by a Danish doctor. If your vaccination is registered you will be able to download a Danish Corona passport showing the vaccination.


Danes Worldwide has a guide on how to get your vaccine registered here: https://www.danes.dk/coronapas/


If you do not already have a doctor in Denmark, Danes Worldwide has made an agreement with hejdoktor.dk to register vaccines for Danish expats. See more here: https://www.hejdoktor.dk/coronapas/


The Danish coronapas app can be used as a European corona passport (EU’s Digital COVID certificate) on trips to EU and Schengen countries. Please note that the use of the European corona passport may differ from country to country.


Find more information about the Danish Corona passport and the coronapas app here: https://en.coronasmitte.dk/corona-passport


How to get tested in Denmark

Source: Test for COVID-19.


You can find an overview of all test centres in Denmark on this website. People without a Danish civil registration number (CPR number) and NemID must register as a user at covidresults.dk before testing at a public test centre in Denmark.


For testing to travel to Japan, please be aware that there are specific requirements to the format. The Embassy of Japan in Denmark has a short list of test sites who fulfil the requirements on their website: https://www.dk.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/covid-19.html


Waterfront Doctors in Hellerup is offering 15% off on their tests, and can provide the results in the approved format for entry to Japan. Use the discount code danskehandelskammer1977 when booking online.



Travelling back to Japan


Who can enter Japan and apply for new visas?

Source: moj.go.jp & mofa.go.jp


With only a few exceptions, Japan currently has a landing ban for all non-Japanese citizen international travellers.


Exceptions include: spouse/child of a Japanese citizen, foreign residents with a permanent residence permit and foreign residents with re-entry permits. For a full list of exceptions to the landing ban, please see the website of the Japanese Ministry of Justice.


This means that all foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan need to apply for a visa unless they are residents with a re-entry permit or belong to any of the other categories mentioned above.


To apply for a visa you must have an invitation from a company or organisation in Japan:


Currently new visas are only issued to travellers entering for the purpose of business, employment or study, and only if they can present a "certificate for completion of registration ERFS system," sent to them from an organisation or company in Japan.


From June 10, 2022 travellers wishing to enter Japan for short-term stay for tourism can also apply for visas, if they:

1. enter from a country designated within the blue group (as of May 30, Denmark is in the blue group)

2. can present a "certificate for completion of registration ERFS system," sent to them from a Japanese travel agency hosting their trip in Japan.


To obtain the "certificate for completion of registration ERFS system" host organisations or companies must create a user via the ERFS (Entrants, Returnees, Follow up System).


Once the host has created a user, they will be able to log on and register the applicant. For this they will need basic information such as full name, date of birth, passport number and travel dates.


When the applicant is registered, the host can download a pdf called "certificate for completion of registration ERFS system", which the applicant must print and bring for their visa application at the Japanese embassy.


For more information on necessary documents for visa applications, please contact the Embassy of Japan in Denmark : https://www.dk.emb-japan.go.jp/


You need a COVID-19 test before departure from Denmark Sources: moj.go.jp, Border Control Measures & Mofa.go.jp


When travelling to Japan you must carry a test certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to the departure your flight. (source: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/001347333.pdf)


As a general rule, you must use the official format for the Certificate of Testing for COVID-19. It is possible to use your own format if there is no medical facility that can accommodate the specified format, but it must include the same information as described in the specified format.


The format, required information, and list of accepted testing methods are available here: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00248.html


The Embassy of Japan in Denmark has a short list of test sites who fulfil the requirements on their website: https://www.dk.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/covid-19.html


Through the Visit Japan Web Service travellers can upload their test certificate and other documents needed for immigration and customs procedures online.


Upload your documents through the fast track website

Sources: MHLW.go.jp


You can pre-register for airport landing and quarantine procedures through the Fast Track app at least 16 hours prior to your flight’s scheduled arrival time.


Fast Track is available when entering from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka Airport.


Read more here: https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/


Questionnaires to fill out prior or during your flight


All travellers will be required to fill out a a written pledge to follow the quarantine rules upon landing and a questionnaire regarding their travel history, health condition, and other details. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.


You can find the written pledge here: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000836304.pdf

You can find the questionnaire here: https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/#/


If you fail to fill out in advance, you will be prompted to fill out the questionnaire upon landing.


Besides the digital questionnaire and written pledge, you may also be required to fill out further forms about your travel history and health condition, either on board your flight or upon arrival.


Depending on your airline, you may also be required to submit further details to the airline company.

After arrival in Japan - testing, quarantine and self-isolation

Source: MHLW.go.jp, Border Control Measures, & Mofa.go.jp


As of June 1st 2022, testing and quarantine in Japan will be based on which countries travellers have visited within the 14 days prior to arrival. Within these new rules, countries are designated as blue, yellow or red. Requirements for testing, vaccination proof and self-isolation depend on the colour category.


Denmark is currently in the blue group, meaning travellers from Denmark are not required to do on-arrival testing, home quarantine and any other measures after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.


NB: When arriving before June 1 2022, travellers arriving from Denmark who are fully vaccinated and hold a valid vaccination certificate can enter Japan without quarantine or self-isolation, given the test upon entry is negative.


If you are not fully vaccinated and hold a valid vaccination certificate you can either self-isolate for 7 days with no further testing or take a test on the third day after landing. Given this tests is negative, you can break your isolation on the third day.


The self-isolation can take place in your own home or at accommodation owned by your company, relatives or friends. Isolation can also take place at monthly condominiums or hotels, however the accommodation cannot have facilities shared by multiple people, such as shared toilets and baths.


Vaccination Certification valid for entry into Japan For certificates issued in foreign countries, all of following (1) to (4) must be satisfied.

1. The following items must be listed either in Japanese or English: Name, Date of birth, Name of vaccine/Manufacturer of the vaccine, Date of vaccination, Number of times vaccinated

2. Two doses of any of the vaccines listed bellow:

  • COMIRNATY - Pfizer* Vaxzevria - AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna - Moderna*

  • Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine - Janssen (In the case of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine - Janssen, only one dose of vaccination is considered to be equivalent to two doses.)

3. A third dose of COMIRNATY - Pfizer* OR COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna - Moderna*

4. Vaccination certification must be issued by an official organization such as government.


For more information on accepted vaccines and vaccination certificates please see: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000121431_00342.html


Rules during self-isolation: written pledge, contact tracking apps, and other follow up.


As part of entry procedures you must sign a written pledge to follow the rules of entry, including self-isolation, to follow-up checks conducted by the Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (HCO) and to refrain from using public transportation for 7 days in principle. See the following section for acceptable transportation options.


As part of the pledge, all travellers need to give their contact information and install the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Covid-19 tracking smartphone app, COCOA, and a video call app specified by the authorities. During self-isolation you must carry your smartphone at all times and respond to any contact from Japanese authorities.


If for some reason you are unable to sign the pledge, you must spend the full isolation period at a facility determined by the quarantine station at the port of entry.


Foreign residents who break quarantine may have their full names released to the public and their residency status revoked, which may result in deportation.


Transport from the airport to your home


If you are not required to self-isolate upon arrival you are free to use public transport from the airport to your home or hotel.


If you are required by the Japanese authorities to self-isolate upon arrival, you must secure your own transportation from the airport or quarantine site to the location of your mandatory self-isolation. Travellers are not allowed to use public transportation such as trains, buses, taxis, airplanes (domestic flights), and passenger ships. Allowable transportation includes company cars, private cars (ie friends or family), or rental cars.


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