Coronavirus/covid-19 information for international staff at AU


Aarhus University is following the current Danish government guidelines

If you are planning to come to Denmark, we urge you to read the information provided here closely. Border restrictions due to the coronavirus are in place and are being continually updated. You should also check with your Aarhus University contact person as to which guidelines and procedures need to be followed to enter Denmark in order to take up your position at AU. 

Entry restrictions to Denmark

If you are not a Danish national or a fully registered resident of Denmark, you might need to show a "worthy purpose" for entering Denmark. 

All countries are labeled as either yellow, orange or red. Your entry requirements are therefore determined by your country of residence.  

If you are habitually resident in a red country and do not have a special worthy purpose to enter Denmark, you will not be allowed entry, even if you have a work and residence permit to Denmark.

Entry restrictions also depend on whether you are entering on negative test, if you have already been vaccinated or if you have previously been infected with Covid-19. See the special sections for further details.

Family members of EU citizens currently resident outside of EU and Schengen will only be allowed entry after the family member who entered with a ‘worthy purpose’ is fully registered in Denmark.

See the categories of countries and the list of requirements here

For further details and updated entry restrictions, please always refer to the Danish Authorities' website 

Documentation required for "worthy purpose"

If you have a worthy purpose to enter Denmark you must be able to demonstrate the purpose for entering. You must show documentation including a valid residence permit (for non EU citizens), an employment contract/employment letter (EU citizens) or an invitation letter as well as an enrollment or employment contract from the home university (for guest researchers and PhDs), and a housing lease.

Accompanying partners and family members are strongly advised to carry their residence permit (non-EU/EEA citizens), their housing lease and the main person's employment contract.

If you have questions, please contact the Guest Researcher Support

Test requirements before entering Denmark

Test requirements before your entry to Denmark depends on the color of the country in which you reside in up to your entry as well as whether the country is an EU country or non-EU country, and whether you are fully vaccinated or have been previously infected. See related sections on these pages:  

Read more about traveling to Denmark by air on the Danish Authorities' website  

See details about travelling to Denmark if you are resident outside Denmark

Please refer to the Danish Authorities’ website for further details about the border regions  

Requirements for tests taken before entry 

At the moment, no specific type of COVID-19 test is required no matter from where and how you enter Denmark. The test must show whether a person is infected with COVID-19. This means that both PCR tests and antigen tests are accepted in connection with entry into Denmark whereas antibody tests do not meet the requirement. 

Please refer to the Danish Authorities’ website for further details about proof of negative COVID-19 test requirements

Test and isolation requirements upon entry into Denmark

Whether you are required to be COVID19 tested immediately upon arrival and isolate depends on your country of residence and if you have been vaccinated or previously infected. See related sections.

If you enter by plane, you can be tested at Copenhagen Airport, Billund Airport or Aalborg Airport. 

If you are required to isolate upon entry, you must without undue delay isolate at an isolation site for 10 days, unless you are a resident of a yellow country. As a rule, you must not leave the isolation site before the end of the 10-day period. This also applies even if you have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to and in connection with your entry. 

The mandatory isolation may be prematurely broken after obtaining a mandatory negative PCR test taken no earlier than the fourth day after entry into Denmark.  

Book a time for the PCR-test

  • If you do not yet have your digital NemID, you can register as a user at Covidresults.dk. Read more in the PDF-guide covidresults-guidance (ssi.dk). When you have registered you can go to any PCR test center. You do not have to book an appointment in advance. See test sites in the Central Denmark Region (in Danish only). If you are located in another region, you are welcome to contact Talent Development and International Staff Office for further information.

Questions about isolation requirements

If you are entering Denmark on a negative test

The travel restrictions for travelling on a negative test depend on your country of residence and where you are travelling from. If you are resident in a yellow country or an orange EU or Schengen country you do not require a worthy purpose to enter Denmark. However, if you are arriving from orange EU or Schengen countries on a negative test you are as a general rule required to self-isolate following your arrival in Denmark.

Please refer to Danish authorities’ website for all the details.

If you are entering Denmark fully vaccinated

If you are entering Denmark fully vaccinated, the restrictions depend on whether your vaccination fulfils the Danish conditions for being classified as fully vaccinated.

Residents in EU and Schengen countries

If you are a resident of an EU and Schengen country up to entry into Denmark, and you can document a completed course of vaccination in an EU/Schengen country, you are no longer required to present a negative test or have a worthy purpose for travelling to Denmark, and you are exempt from the testing and isolation requirements upon entering Denmark.

Certain requirements must be met to be covered by the rules for fully vaccinated people.

Residents in non-EU and non-Schengen countries

If you are  resident of a yellow non-EU/non-Schengen country up to entry into Denmark, and you can document a completed course of vaccination with a vaccine approved in the EU, you are no longer required to present a negative test or have a worthy purpose for travelling to Denmark, and you are excempt from the testing and isolation requirements upon entering Denmark.

If you are resident in an orange or red non-EU/non-Schengen country vaccination is not valid to enter Denmark. Normal test and isolation requirements are still in force here.

See coronasmitte.dk for details about vaccination and when you are regarded as fully vaccinated.

If you are entering Denmark having been previously infected with Covid-19

If you are travelling on the basis that you have been previously infected with COVID-19 restrictions depend on where your permanent residence is, where you are travelling from, and whether you meet the criteria for being covered by the rules applicable to people previously infected with COVID-19.

If you have previously been infected with COVID-19 you must therefore be able to present documentation showing a positive PCR test taken at least 14 days and no more than 8 months prior to boarding the aircraft and prior to the time of entry in order to be eligible.

See coronasmitte.dk for details about vaccination and when you are regarded as fully vaccinated.

National measures for the re-opening of Denmark

Various measures have now been lifted for the re-opening of Denmark.

Many places might require a corona-passport showing a negative test result not older than 72 hours or a vaccination. You can download the Coronapas app. (Requires NemID).

Read more detailed information about the national measures (this page is continually updated)

Traveling out of Denmark

If you are considering travelling abroad here are the guidelines:

Insurance when traveling abroad

If you are going to be travelling, you should make sure that you have the proper insurance cover. You are not covered by AU insurance if the travel is not work related. Therefore, you will need private insurance cover and it is essential to know how you are covered during Covid-19.

Read more about Aarhus University's travel and insurance guidelines

If you have the blue EU health insurance card, you will still have the same level of coverage during Covid-19. Read more about the blue EU health insurance card under Covid-19 (in Danish).

You should also check with your immediate supervisor if you are planning to travel abroad. 

Short Term Visas

If you have a worthy purpose to enter Denmark, it is possible to apply for a short term visa.

AU Guest Researcher Service

Contact AU Guest Researcher Service for questions on short term visa.

The Danish vaccination programme

The Danish Health Authority and other health authorities have begun setting up the Danish vaccination programme. All Danish citizens and residents (who hold a CPR number) will have the opportunity to get vaccinated over the next several months.

You will be notified via your e-Boks when it is your turn to be vaccinated. If you are exempt from receiving Digital Post, you will get a letter in the mail. 

Read more about the roll out of the Danish vaccination programme