What you need to do before leaving Denmark

There are several steps to take when leaving Denmark. Below is an overview to help you in the process. 

Public authorities

Deregister from the national register

When you move back to your home country, you must deregister from the national register (Det Centrale Personregister or CPR) before you leave Denmark. You do this online at Lifeindenmark.dk 

No sooner than one month before your departure you need to deregister with your municipality.

When you deregister, your CPR number will no longer be active and you cannot use your yellow health insurance card.  You should destroy your health insurance card immediately upon leaving Denmark. Or you can return it to the municipality, who will destroy it for you.

Read more at Lifeindenmark.dk

Notify the tax authorities

Before you leave Denmark, you must notify the Danish Tax Agency and give them your new contact information. Please note there are also some important deadlines to meet when filing your tax return.

If you have a car registered in Denmark, you can take it to your new country of residence. However, you need to de-register the vehicle in Denmark.

In certain cases, you may be entitled to a refund of the registration fee. It is also possible to buy a new car with border plates (no tax or VAT).

You are recommended to call the Danish Tax Agency at +45 72 22 28 92.

Tax issues when leaving Denmark

When you leave Denmark to live in another country, your full tax liability in Denmark normally ends. There are certain things you should remember, such as sending in a tax form to the tax centre.

  • People with full tax liability to Denmark should fill out form 04.029
  • People with limited tax liability to Denmark and without access to E-tax (TastSelv) should fill out form 04.069
  • Make sure that the Danish Customs and Tax Administration has your current contact information in case they need to reach you after you have left Denmark

Read more about taxation when you are about to leave Denmark 

Read more about taxation when leaving Denmark permanently

Pay outstanding tax (restskat) outside Denmark

Restskat means that your preliminary income assessment is not correct. If you have not paid enough money in taxes according to what you have earned in Denmark, then you will be notified by the Danish Customs and Tax Administration with regard to how much you owe.

You can pay restskat from a bank outside Denmark. Remember to state your CPR number and the tax year you are paying for in the bank transfer.

Taking a car out of Denmark

If you have a car registered in Denmark, you will need to de-register the vehicle in Denmark when you leave. In certain cases, you may be entitled to a refund of the registration fee. It is also possible to buy a new car with border plates (no tax or VAT).

Read more about exporting vehicles

Destroy your residence card - Non-EU/EEA citizens only

Non-EU/EEA citizens who hold a pink residence card must destroy the card upon leaving Denmark. The card should be destroyed if you are leaving Denmark permanently and if the card is no longer valid. Please make sure to destroy the card completely. The card should be destroyed immediately upon leaving Denmark.

Keep your NemID

It is a good idea to order an extra code card before you leave Denmark. This way you can still log on to your Danish online selfservice facilities and access e-Boks/digital post to read important mail after you have left Denmark.

You keep your NemID if you meet the following conditions:

  1. When you leave Denmark, remember to inform NemID about your new address. You do this on the NemID homepage. NemID needs your current address to send you new code cards. If you use the NemID app, you still need the physical key card if you need to re-activate your app on a new unit or if your phone runs out of power.  
  2. NemID must be renewed every 3 years. 3 months before your NemID is closed, you will receive a reminder in the NemID app or by logging on to the NemID website. You are advised to keep track of the time to make sure that you see the reminder. You must accept the reminder to keep your NemID for an additional 3 years.

Order an extra code card

Bank and insurance

Notify your bank


If you have opened an account in a Danish bank, you should notify the bank of your relocation and check the possibilities of perhaps keeping your account open for approximately one year in case you receive reimbursements, e.g. for utilities, tax or deregistration fees.

Read more at Lifeindenmark.dk

The E104 form documents that you have been covered by social security

When you leave Denmark to live in another EU country, some EU countries require documentation that you have been covered by social security in Denmark in order to be covered by social security in their country.

The E104 form proves that you were covered by Danish national healthcare, and will shorten any waiting period to join the host country's healthcare. Only people who are leaving Denmark and have deregistered with the Citizen's Service can obtain the form. You get the form by contacting the public authorities in your home country, who should send the form E104 to Udbetaling Danmark. Udbetaling Danmark is the authority who administers questions relating to social security and international health insurance in Denmark. They will then send the E104 form to the public authorities in the home country. 

For more information about the E104 form, please contact Udbetaling Danmark, tel.: 7012 8081.

Transfer periods of unemployment insurance (EU/EEA citizens only)

Upon leaving Denmark, you may transfer your periods of employment and unemployment insurance from Denmark to another EEA country. This will be possible if you have been employed and insured against unemployment in Denmark. 

Non-EU/EEA citizens cannot transfer periods of employment and unemployment insurance from Denmark to another EEA country. 

However, if you move to one of the other Nordic countries, it will be possible to transfer earned rights from Denmark.

Read more about transferring unemployment benefits 

Pay and pension

Settle your holiday pay

When you leave AU, the university will calculate your holiday allowance for the ordinary holiday to which you are entitled. The holiday allowance will be credited to your holiday account, and the money will be paid via www.lifeindenmark.dk

Outstanding special holidays will be paid directly to you.

Read more about holiday pay and holiday rules on the Staff Portal

Settle your pension

Aarhus University recommends you to contact your pension fund for information and guidance on what to do about your pension when leaving Denmark.

Find the contact details for the different pension funds in the right-hand column on the Foreign employees pensions page