We will keep you updated on how the Danish lockdown caused by the Coronavirus in Denmark will effect international weddings in Denmark.
If you wish to read more about Coronavirus in Denmark in general terms please visit the Danish Policies website (in English)
Below we have listed our most frequently asked questions regarding Getting Married in Denmark during the Coronavirus lockdown
Unfortunately, it will not be possible to enter Denmark while the borders are closed.
International weddings in Denmark are seen as 'Wedding Tourism' The police issued a statement with a list of reasons why it can be possible to enter Denmark and tourism was stated as not a sufficient reason to enter.
On the 10th of May, the borders of Denmark will reopen.
This was stated by the Prime Minister of Denmark in a press conference on the 6th of April 2020.
Originally, the 13th of April was the date that the borders were going to open again and that date has now been extended.
The Agency of Family Law are open during the Danish Coronavirus lockdown, however, the staff is working from home and processing applications as well as sending out approvals, although there is a delay as they are not operating as usual.
We have had an update from they Agency of Family Law today to say that under the extraordinary circumstances, they have decided to give another approval to couples without the payment of the extra administration fee.
For couples who may not be able to enter Denmark and have your ceremony within the validity period of your approval in Denmark because of the restrictions caused by COVID-19 (restrictions in Denmark only) We are able to request that the AFL reopen your application and give you another approval.
We will not need to resubmit documentation (unless it is visa/residency please see below) we will just require that you sign a letter from the AFL that confirms the information you submitted in the previous application is still correct.
An application can only be reopened if the validity period has ended and approvals will not be given out again until the Coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions have ended in Denmark.
Visa and Residency permits
If your visa or residency permit has expired or will expire very soon, you will need to provide up to date proof for legal entry to Denmark and we will need this for the new approval to be granted.
The Danish Prime Minister extended the Danish lockdown of all public and private sectors for an additional 14 days to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus in Denmark.
This means that everything in Denmark will stayed closed up until the borders are meant to open again on April 13.
This means that the Agency of Family Law will also continue working from home after the 30th of March through to April the 13th.
The Danish Agency of Family Law are working and applications are still being processed currently.
We have been receiving approvals and communication from the Agency of Family Law this week as they are working from home during this lockdown.
We also have been able to speak to them via the main phone line which is available for all international couples. They have a backlog of emails and due to the circumstances, are slightly delayed as expected.
We at Getting Married in Denmark have been working as usual, we’re here to answer your questions and process your applications as always.
The Danish borders are closed and people wishing to enter Denmark must expect to be rejected at the Danish borders unless they have a recognized purpose for entry.
As seen below the Danish Police state that tourist visits do not constitute recognisable purposes for entering Denmark during the border closure.
As far as we are aware, international weddings in Denmark are recognised as ‘Wedding tourism’ although we will spend time next week trying to find out whether this is the fact under this scenario.
According to the Danish Police website a Recognized purposes may be, for example:
– Persons living or working in Denmark, including self-employed persons who work in Denmark
– Persons who must supply goods or services to / in Denmark or goods from Denmark
– Persons who enter for the purpose of exercising access rights with underage children
– Persons who act as primary caregivers for underage children in Denmark (may be, for example, foster families not included in the core family)
– Persons visiting seriously ill or dying family members in Denmark
– Persons entering for the purpose of participating in an ongoing course of treatment with the health authorities in Denmark
– People to attend a funeral in Denmark
-Persons who must attend a trial in Denmark
– Students to the extent that educational institutions are not closed (and no distance education is offered).
Regular family visits, tourist visits, business trips, study trips and the like do not constitute recognizable purposes.
Persons who cross the Danish border to return home, for example Swedes who have been on holiday abroad, will be considered to have a recognized purpose for entry. The same goes for transit at the airport and for flight crew.
A person who has a valid, but not yet used, work permit in Denmark will have a worthy purpose for his or her entry, if the person concerned enters to work in Denmark.
On the Agency of Family Law website, they are stating that their office is closed between March 12th and March 27th. However, they have also stated to us that we can still write in and put our couple’s applications on hold.
Because of this conflicting information, we’re not sure whether they are open to a certain degree to receive some communication.
We know for sure, we can’t communicate with them directly by phone, and they will likely not respond to any questions at this stage until their offices are open again.
We will try and gain further information on this at the start of the coming week.
The Danish Agency of Family Law has informed us that they will put any applications currently processing with them on hold if we request them to do so.
For couples who have had their application approved and cannot marry within the stated validity period, The Agency of Family Law have reached the decision that they must reapply and pay the usual administration fee that the Agency of Family Law require for applications.
We understand that for many of you, it will not be possible to marry within the stated validity period of your approval and you will be extremely disappointed with this decision.
It is too soon for us to know how we can help you because of the unpredictability of the situation we all find ourselves in, but we want you to know we will do everything we can to make things easier for you.
The borders of Denmark have been closed until the 13th of April and it will not be possible to travel into the country.
This means that couples will not be able to travel to Denmark for their wedding ceremony During this time.
We had already contacted couples yesterday to let them know that the town halls were closing until the 30th of March and any weddings before this date could not take place. Now, due to the decision to close the borders, weddings after this date and before the 13th of April also cannot take place.
Tonight at 19.00 the Danish Prime Minister announced in a press conference that the Danish borders will close until April 13th.
It means that anyone who is not a Danish citizen or a Danish resident will not be able to enter Denmark – unless it is an exceptional emergency.
Today we have contacted all of our couples regarding the situation in Denmark.
We have also spoken to our couples who are directly effected by the shut down at the town halls until the 30th of March.
This will now also effect all our couples with weddings in the first two weeks of April, we have already spoken to you earlier today and will update you directly again as soon as we have further official information on the matter.
We have just been contacted by The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Apostille Legalisation Office with an update on how the will be operating until March 27.
The Apostille Legalisation Office will extend their opening hours to be weekdays from 9-12 and again from 13.30-15.30.
There will be a not in the door that tells visitors to check if there are other people in the office and if so stay outside until they come out.
If possible to make a payment online before going to the office that is also recommended as the legalization office only takes sudden credit cards and does not take cash.
We are currently able to carry out our Apostille Service as usual, but there can be cases where UPS and DHL are delayed in other countries.
The information we are aware of at the time of writing this update is that there are no specific travel bans and only that some airline routes have been cancelled to a number of areas.
These areas can be found on a map on the danish ministry of foreign affairs where they are highlighted in Red.
This means there are routes that have been cancelled between the Denmark and the other areas highlighted in red. The map can only be found on the Danish language part of their website at the moment.
Based on the potential complications that can occur with delays caused by the Coronavirus and Prøvelsesattestendens validity period of 4 months.
We were yesterday informed by the Danish Agency of family Law (AFL) that pending applications that had not yet received confirmation and therefore had not been issued a Prøvelsesattest, could be extraordinary be set on hold.
We were also informed that they were working on a solution for applications that had been confirmed.
We have now received an update from the AFL and it will not be possible to extend the validity period beyond 4 months after confirmation.
This means that if a couple has not gotten married within Prøvelsesattestendens validity period, a new application has to be sent off to the AFL as well as a new fee of 220€ has to be paid.
Over the next couple of days, we will reassess all our couple’s cases and get back to anyone who can be affected by this depending on when the new appointments can be booked at the town halls.
The current update on Town halls are as following
Copenhagen City Hall – Closed Saturday 13. March (included) until Friday 27. March (included).
Ærø Town Hall – Closed Friday 12. March (included) until Sunday 29. Marts (not included).
Kolding – Closed Thursday 11. March (included) until Sunday 29. Marts (not included).
Frederiksberg – Closed Friday 12. March (included) until Sunday 29. Marts (not included).
Esbjerg – Closed Saturday 13. March (included) until Sunday 29. Marts (not included).
Tønder – Closed Thursday 11. March (included) until Sunday 29. Marts (not included).
Stevns – Closed Saturday 13. March (included) until Sunday 29. Marts (not included).
Copenhagen City Hall has just announced that there are exceptions in very specific cases of emergency and urgent necessity such as terminal illness, heavily pregnant women or people whose visas are about to expire.
These specific cases couples might still be able to get married at the City Hall.
We have just been informed that Copenhagen City Hall do not see the wedding office as a critical function and will be closing down for all weddings From Saturday 13. Marts (included) until Friday 27. March (included).
But be aware that the end date can be updated later.
Based on the lates update above, this previous statement form Copenhagen City Hall has been retracted:
The Copenhagen City Hall will continue with weddings. Your wedding ceremony will therefore take place in Copenhagen City Hall.
Though, due to the circumstances of the Coronavirus in Denmark please consider the following with regards to your wedding ceremonial
If you need to verify original documents the day before your ceremony, ask the City Hall guard for directions to the Wedding Office at the back door.
The staff of Copenhagen City Hall is still prepared to give you a wonderful experience – like they always do.
If you have any questions to GMiD then please send us an email, and then we will get back to you. Please keep in mind, that we might not answer you as fast as usual due to the sutton change of things.
It is currently not possible to transfer your wedding ceremony from another town hall to Copenhagen City Hall.
On the 11th of March, the Danish government announced that they will be closing all kindergartens, schools, and universities for two weeks, as well as asking all none critical government sector personal to stay home. This will make Denmark the second country in Europe to take this action against coronavirus.
We’re not sure if this means that the town halls will be closed from Friday but we will do our best to find out and keep you informed.
This evening we made this video for our couples to keep you informed and to let you know that we are here. We hope to continue making updates for you, please check out our page on our website.
You can call or email to speak to us at any time but please be aware we will be spending much of the 12th of March trying to understand the situation with the Danish government and what it means for you, so we apologies in advance for any delays in getting back to you at this time.
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