ETIAS - Traveling to Denmark

U.S. citizens can travel to Denmark using an ETIAS visa waiver


Country of Denmark

  • Copenhagen
  • Euro (€)
  • UTC+1 (CET)
  • Right
  • +45
  • Danish - German

U.S. Embassy Denmark

Emergency Denmark Telephone Numbers

  • 114
  • 112
  • 112
  • 112 (112 is the equivalent to 911 in the US)

Denmark: An Overview

From the literary legacy of prolific author Hans Christian Anderson to the tips of the turrets of its Renaissance castles, Denmark is a fairytale land that also boasts sumptuous palaces, romantic forests, and dramatic beaches. The smallest of the Scandinavian countries, a place where the Vikings used to roam, has been a member of the Schengen Agreement since signing in December 1996. It is home to close to six million people and regularly welcomes more than seven million visitors per year.

Wanderers are drawn to a country that consistently tops international lists as being one of the happiest nations on earth for its social equality, community spirit, and high standard of living. Small wonder that Denmark is one of the jewels of the European continent.

There are only four cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. Yet Denmark boasts plethora of smaller towns, including quaint cobbled villages and simple coastal fishing communities. Whether the sophisticated vibe, canals and progressive architecture of Copenhagen, or the old-world charm and youthful energy of Aarhus, Denmark's cities, towns, and villages invite memorable exploration.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization, ETIAS, is coming in 2021. With authorization for the ETIAS Visa Waiver Program for visa-free travel with a flexible 90-day limit to Denmark along with dozens of Schengen Area countries, your visions of Viking history, old-world villages, windswept islands can soon become reality.  Primary Languages: Danish and regionally; Faroese, German, Greenlandic.

Where to Go

  • Nyhavn from the water

    The City

    Beautiful Copenhagen is Denmark's capital city, a cosmopolitan place of canals, café culture, cobblestone streets, world-class cuisine, and an alluring mix of ancient and modern architecture. Among the city's many treasures are Amalienborg Castle, Strøget Shopping Mile, the brightly painted gabled houses of Nyhavn (New Harbor), the National Museum of Denmark, Christiansborg Palace (the Danish seat of government) and Tivoli Gardens. This amusement park in the heart of the city was founded in 1843 and features rides and attractions set amid flower-filled gardens. One of Copenhagen's most iconic and visited sites is the bronze sculpture of the Little Mermaid perched on a granite rock. She is the beloved protagonist of one of Hans Christian Anderson's most iconic fairytales.


    Don't Miss: The canals leading from Nyhavn. A gentle cruise along the waterways is an insta-worthy way to see some of the city's ancient castles, churches, and beautiful houses.


    Dining and drinking in Denmark is a gastro-adventure. Classic Scandinavian fare and popular new Nordic cuisine can be found in myriad eateries in the city. Eat like a local! Rød pølse (red sausage) served by street vendors, or smørrebrød (open face sandwiches on dark rye sourdough) are good grab-and- go foods. Upscale dining offers the chance to sample anything from Greenlandic snow crab to Danish Limfjord oysters to Rababergrød (summer rhubarb compote). Do save room for to sample Danish beers and the ever-popular Glogg, a rich wine heated and mulled with spices.

    Öresund Bridge

    The Coast

    Denmark is a county that stuns with more than 7,400 kilometers of coastline and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. There are long stretches of soft, fine white sand that are lapped by calm clean water. No matter where you are in the country, you will not be too far away from a beach. For visitors who do not want to travel too far from Copenhagen, Amager Beach is a popular choice. This sandy expanse can be reached by public transportation from the city center and boasts excellent views of the Öresund Bridge, which connects the country to Sweden. About an hour's drive from the capital is Hornbæk Beach on the Danish Riviera. Other coastal delights include Rømø Beach on the west coast and Hestehoved Beach on the island of Lolland.


    Aarhus is a historic city on the east coast of Jutland, where the Aarhus River spills into the scenic Aarhus Bay. Its history as a wealthy commercial and fishing center can be seen in the well-preserved Renaissance buildings that were built during the Middle Ages. Among its biggest tourist draws are the Viking Museum, Aarhus Cathedral and the old town. This is an open-air museum consisting of more than 70 historical buildings. Aarhus also boats many modern-day attractions such as ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, shopping centers, The Concert Hall (Musikhuset Aarhus) and Tivoli Friheden, a charming theme park in Marselisborg Forest.


    Don't Miss: The Infinite Bridge is a circular wooden bridge that juts out into Aarhus Bay, and is a popular swimming and bathing spot.

    An Aarhus cobbled lane

    The Country

    The Danish countryside boasts a varied landscape of meadows, woods and forests that are best explored by bike or on foot. Dotted among the greenery are beautiful old castles that have been turned into hotels, ancient burial mounds, Viking history, and historic fortifications. The are many other highlights of the great Danish outdoors, including more than 200 flower farms, wild camping sites, and the postcard-pretty green island of Fyn.


    Despite having no mountains and only a few hills, Denmark is a country of breathtaking scenery and natural wonders. Visitors love exploring the dunes and forests of Thy National Park, known as the country's wildest natural park and hunting for fossils on the beaches below the white cliffs of Møn.


    Other highlights include Råbjerg Mile, a small desert of migrating sands, the waters of Grenen where the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas meet and South Fyn Archipelago with its island-hopping opportunities.

Neighboring Countries

Denmark  is collectively the tall north-to-south Jutland peninsula and a handful of delightful islands in the dusky Baltic Sea to the east and the North Sea to the west. The Nordic country shares a land border with Germany and is connected to Sweden by the road and rail Öresund Bridge that dramatically arcs 16 kilometers across the Öresund Strait. The three EU countries are members of the Schengen Area and will require approval of the ETIAS Visa Waiver Program for entry beginning in 2021.