Denmark: Travel Health Information

Denmark is well known for its natural beauty and cities, which are characterized by their unique and colourful buildings. There are also over 400 Danish islands to explore including Bornholm, Funen, and Lolland.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Denmark may differ from your home country. Denmark has both private and public health sectors that provide a high standard of care. In recent decades, Denmark faced a shortage of doctors, but the number of trained physicians is steadily increasing.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Denmark typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Denmark.

Denmark generally has a pharmacy in every town, including rural areas. Privately-owned pharmacies are regulated to ensure adequate access to all. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a doctor and prescription drugs cannot be purchased without one. Pharmacists are trained and licensed and service is usually quick.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Denmark’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Denmark’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Denmark are well maintained. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers at all times, and helmets must be worn by motorcyclists. Cycling is extremely popular in Denmark for locals and tourists alike and although helmets are not required by law, you should wear one for safety.

Travelling to Denmark?

Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Denmark. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

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IAMAT-affiliated doctors are available in Denmark.

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Denmark At A Glance

Capital: Copenhagen

Population: 5.77 million

Official language: Danish

Time zone: Central European Time (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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