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Denmark customs: do you know what you can take with you to and from Denmark?

Below you will find import duties and export duties for, among other things, alcohol, tobacco, money and foodstuffs.

General customs rules in Denmark

  • An overview of the quantities of alcohol and tobacco that you can bring into Denmark can be found at iatatravelcentre.com/customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations.htm (English: customs rules).
  • See also the general rules of the European Union: europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/carry/alcohol-tobacco-cash/index_en.htm.
  • Information about what you can and cannot take back to your home country is available at your country’s tax authorities.
  • Note: The minimum age for the consumption or purchase of alcoholic beverages may differ in the country from the minimum age for the import of alcoholic beverages.

Denmark customs and medicines

  • If you use medication, take a European Medical Passport with you. This document includes information such as medication use, illness, conditions and the contact details of your doctor. It is available for a small fee from general practitioners and pharmacies, among others.
  • You must have a medical certificate with you to take medicines that fall under the Opium Act (such as certain sleeping pills, ADHD medicines and strong painkillers). Request the statement at least 4 weeks before departure.

Pets

  • Every country has rules for the import of pets.

Denmark customs: pets

  • Denmark is a dog-friendly country. There are numerous guesthouses, holiday homes and hotels where you can stay with your dog. A dog is also welcome at most campsites and amusement parks, provided he is kept on a leash so as not to disturb fellow visitors.
  • From 1 September your dog can run freely on public beaches, from 1 April he must remain on a leash.
  • here are special dog beaches and free-range areas (‘hondeskovs’).
  • Not all restaurants are allowed to bring a dog, ask in advance if it is not indicated.

Identification of you pet at the Danish customs

  • A dog or cat needs an EU pet passport, available from the vet. This passport contains a description of the animal, the name and address of the owner, the registration number of the chip (standard ISO microchip 11784/11785 is inserted) and proof of vaccination against rabies. There is also room in the passport for a health certificate and other treatments or vaccinations.

Health

  • Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies (rabies vaccination) at least 21 days before the trip. The period of validity depends on the guidelines of the vaccine manufacturer (1-3 years).
  • Note: The chip must be inserted before the vaccination against rabies (on the same day).
  • No mandatory additional treatments are required in Denmark.
  • Dogs and cats do not have to be quarantined in Denmark.
  • Denmark is not a risk area, but a dog or cat can still get sick while on holiday as a result of tick or insect bites. There are sufficient preventive measures. Contact the vet about this at least 4 weeks before departure.

Forbidden dogs

  • Pitbull terrier
  • Tosa Inu
  • American Staffordshire terrier
  • Fila brasileiro
  • Dogo argentino
  • American bulldog
  • Boerbul
  • Kangal
  • Central Asian ovcharka
  • Caucasian ovcharka
  • South Russian ovcharka
  • Sarplaninac
  • Tornjak.

 

  • Please note: dogs of these prohibited breeds that were already in your possession before March 17, 2010 (you must be able to prove this), with the exception of the Pitt Bull Terrier and the Tosa Inu, are admitted. They must wear a secure closed muzzle in public areas and be kept on a short leash (maximum 2 m). The dogs are only allowed to run free on private property.
  • You are allowed to transport these forbidden dogs through Denmark when you are in transit. Short stops may be made to walk the dog, for the rest of the time they must stay in the car and you must keep your stay in Denmark as short as possible.

Pets and transport

  • The dog is allowed everywhere on public transport in Denmark. Small dogs travel for free in a bag, for larger dogs a child ticket must be purchased. There are special dog compartments on the train. Taxi companies will provide a taxi that is suitable for the transport of dogs on request.
  • The Danish government does not have specific rules for the transport of a dog or cat in the car. However, you may not transport a pet in the car in such a way that this leads or can lead to dangerous situations or traffic nuisance.
  • In Denmark, the dog or cat can be checked in on the plane as hand luggage or for a special cargo area.

Young animals

  • All puppies and kittens taken to Denmark must be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccination is only possible from 12 weeks. The legal withdrawal period after vaccination is 21 days, which means that animals younger than 15 weeks may no longer be imported.

Particularities at the Denmark customs

  • Dogs are not allowed on the Faroe Islands, the islands of Christiansø (near Bornholm) and Livø (in North Jutland).
  • In Greenland there are strict admission requirements for pets. You are requested to obtain an import certificate from the Greenlandic authorities before departure (veterinary sector tel. +299 34 50 00).
  • If you stay in Denmark for more than 4 weeks, it is mandatory to register the dog in the ‘Danish Dog Register’: danskhunderegister.dk.
  • Also remember to check the rules of the countries you are traveling through to Denmark.