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 Policies website (in English) where you can see an up-to-date map and list of the currently open and high-risk/banned countries.
Below we have listed our most frequently asked questions regarding Getting Married in Denmark during the Coronavirus lockdown
Currently, there is a general travel ban and unless you are Danish, you can enter only if you have a worthy purpose.
With such ‘worthy purpose’ to enter Denmark in combination with a negative Covid test, taken less than 24 hours before, you can enter Denmark.
The policy for neighbouring regions is slightly different. If you live in such region you can enter if you can document you have a worthy purpose plus a negative Covid test taken during the previous 7 days OR lacking such worthy purpose, you can show a negative Covid test taken 24 hours before entry.
Unfortunately, a wedding is still not categorized as a so-called worthy purpose to enter.
You can find the full list of worthy purposes HERE on page 6, which list, by the way, has been considerably reduced, plus there is a specific set of worthy purposes for residents form the United Kingdom and South Africa. Most importantly, you can no longer enter Denmark, travelling together with your Danish partner.
If your partner lives in Denmark, you can still enter Denmark and get married! This is different only when you are from the United Kingdom or South Africa.
We wanted to put together an article for all those couples who are looking to get married in Denmark, to answer all the questions we are getting asked a lot at the moment, specifically to explain what measures the Danish authorities have put into place to keep its citizens and residents safe and most importantly to detail information about whether marriage is currently a possibility during the second wave of this pandemic.
Read the full article here: Coronavirus/Covid-19 and Getting Married in Denmark
Today the Danish border police confirmed that it is no longer required to stay at least 6 nights in order to enter Denmark. You can now enter and leave Denmark as a tourist for any period of time you wish.
It has also been decided that from August 22 you have to wear masks (any type is fine) when using public transport and this includes trains, taxi’s, busses and ferries. If you wish to read more about these rules click on this link:
Learn more her (Please notice that the page is in Danish but can be translated with Google Translate from Danish to English)
As of June 27, borders are opened up to tourists from countries in the EU and Schengen area, as well as the United Kingdom, but please make sure to read the following:
On this page, there is a link to a PDF, which is updated every week: ‘tabel, der viser det antal ugentlige sygdomstilfælde per 100.000 indbyggere‘. Here you will find a list of countries along with the average infection rate in that country.
This number must stay under ’20’ in order for residents of the respective country to be allowed to enter Denmark. If at any time the number hits 20 or above, the residents of that country will not be allowed to enter Denmark.
The Danish Government announced yesterday that as of June 27. the borders will be further opened up to tourists from most countries in the EU- and Schengen area, as well as the United Kingdom.
The exact list of countries will be available in June. 25th. As soon we have this list we will update this article.
As part of the announcement on May 29. Where it was stated that residents of Germany, Norway and Iceland would be allowed into Denmark for tourism, there was one restriction in place that stated they were not allowed to book a stay in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, due to the risk of gathering too many people.
However, these restrictions seem to have now been lifted, allowing all tourists to stay in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.
Although it has not been written anywhere officially that it is allowed to stay in Copenhagen or Frederiksberg… the rule that it is ’not allowed’ has been removed from the police website. And so, large news outlets have reported this as a sign that it is now allowed to stay in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.
All tourists entering Denmark must still be able to prove that they have booked at least 6 nights accommodation in Denmark when entering the borders.
The police has made the following infographic to explain the current entry
You can also read the Rules Regarding entry to Denmark from the police website below:
“If you are resident in Germany, Norway or Iceland, you can enter Denmark for purposes other than those mentioned above in the following situations:
You have booked a holiday stay for at least six nights. It could be a stay in a rented summerhouse, at a campsite or at a hotel. You can also go on holiday in a private home or a privately let summerhouse for at least six nights. You do not have to stay at the same place of accommodation every night, but your stay must last for at least six nights. The requirement of at least six nights does not apply to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Booking confirmation/rental agreement from hotel, campsite or summer house rental agency stating the place of accommodation, the duration of the stay and the names of the persons who have booked the stay.
Proof of a stay in a private home must include information about the location of the home and contact details of the persons entering Denmark and the person(s) letting or lending the home.”
The list of worthy purposes is assessed on an ongoing basis both in relation to entry from neighboring countries and other countries, e.g. in relation to critical illness.
In today’s press conference the Prime Minister announced the first step for reopening the Danish borders.
The government’s statement was not at all what we expected and we understand that for many – but luckily not all couples – but it will require a lot of changes and adaptability.
We will be emailing all of our couples one by one to provide each of you with information on how this will impact your individual cases this weekend.
As we need to evaluate each case, we ask for your patience!
In the event you want to read the new rules in detail, they have been published on the Danish Police website.
We list here the most important rules and restrictions, which enter into force June 15:
The restrictions will be lifted for travellers who can document (e.g. by a rental document on a holiday home, camping stay, hotel or similar) to stay a minimum of 6 nights outside Copenhagen.
If the development reverses in the countries, entry restrictions can be reintroduced.
Travellers etc. will be encouraged on a random basis to take a test for COVID-19 at border crossings. In addition, there will be mobile test stations in the tourist areas, i.a. at hot spots.
The increased testing is done to monitor the development and discover possible new chains of infection.
Everyday life in the borderland between Denmark and Germany is to be normalized as far as possible.
Dialogue with Sweden and Finland on opening. As regards Sweden, the entry restrictions
can be lifted e.g. regionally, provided an adequate model can be found.
There will be a special focus on the Øresund region.
The list of worthy purposes is assessed on an ongoing basis both in relation to entry from neighboring countries and other countries, e.g. in relation to critical illness.
We will keep a close eye on the above mentioned list of countries and keep this article updated.
The following FAQ is no longer up-to-date
The Danish government has announced that they will present a plan of the opening of the Danish Borders before May 31.
Because Denmarks coronavirus numbers are going down so well, the Danish government also decided to reopen government departments in the whole of Jutland and Fyn, meaning some town halls in these areas of Denmark will return to work.
As the borders are still not open they can only make ceremonies for Danish couples for now, but at least they can also start preparing for when the borders reopen.
As soon the reopening plan of the borders has been presented we will update this page and contact our couples with possible solutions.
The GMiD Team
With May 10 coming near the Danish government has announced the steps it intends to make towards the de-escalation. Sadly, this plan does not include the decision to open the borders again next Monday.
At this stage, no firm date has been set, although the Danish government and parliament have indicated to respond to the question when travellers are again allowed to enter Denmark, before June 1st.
The Agency of Family Law is going to stay closed longer as well, but they are still working. It is also still possible to apply for the approval to get married in Denmark.
The Town Halls will remain closed for the time being too, but they are getting prepared to resume the wedding celebrations the earliest possible.
When this happens, the town hall ceremonies will be held respecting all safety regulations to ensure the safety of both couples and staff members.
We also know that most town halls are contemplating extending the opening hours of the marriage offices and generally will do what’s in their power to help couples get married in Denmark again as soon as possible.
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).
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.