Customs regulations in Denmark can be divided into two groups:
- Entering Denmark from within the European Union
- Coming to Denmark from outside the European Union
Entering Denmark From Within the EU
Typical travel items like clothes, cameras, and similar goods can always be taken through customs in Denmark duty-free, without having to be declared.
- Rules for medicines: Prescription drugs for personal use are permitted to go through customs in Denmark. Bring a copy of the prescription if possible.
- Alcohol and tobacco: Travelers may bring this type of goods to Denmark in quantities reasonable for personal use only. The legal drinking age in Denmark is 18.
- Other restricted items: Weaponry and ammunition cannot be brought through customs in Denmark, just like endangered plants or animals or items made from endangered plants or animals. From within the EU, you may bring food into Denmark.
- Pets: If you want to bring your pet to Denmark, visit your vet first to obtain a pet passport, get your animal identified (microchip/tattoo), and vaccinated for rabies.
Entering Denmark From Outside the EU
Typical travel items like clothes, cameras, and similar goods can always be taken through customs in Denmark duty-free, without having to be declared, up to a value of DKK 1,350.
- Medicines: Prescription drugs for personal use are permitted to go through customs in Denmark. Make sure to bring a copy of your doctor's prescription or similar proof that the medication is your prescription.
- Alcohol and tobacco: If you come from outside the EU, Denmark customs will allow you to bring 1 liter of spirits OR 4 liters of wine OR 16 liters of beer. Tobacco limits are 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of loose tobacco.
- Other restricted items: Weaponry and ammunition cannot be brought through customs in Denmark. Knives and similar dangerous items are highly restricted, and it is not allowed to bring fresh food to Denmark from outside the EU. You also cannot bring endangered plants or animals or items made from endangered plants or animals.
- Money: If you enter or leave the EU with €10,000 or more in cash (or the equivalent in other currencies or travelers' cheques, etc.) you must declare this under current EU customs regulations at your European point of entrance or exit.
- Pets: If you want to bring your pet to Denmark, visit your vet first to obtain a veterinary certificate for non-commercial transport or a pet passport. The forms have to be completed by a government-appointed vet, not a private vet. You will need to have your animal identified (microchip or tattoo), vaccinated for rabies, and finally, dewormed for tapeworm (1-10 days before traveling). A blood test may be required, depending on which country you are coming from.
- Take all related paperwork with you. Coming to Denmark from outside Europe with your pet, you will need to enter Denmark through the Border Inspection Post at Copenhagen Airport or Billund Airport. You have to notify the Border Inspection Post of your arrival at least 24 hours in advance.
- Travelers coming to Denmark cannot bring any birds from countries infected with Avian influenza (bird flu.) The Faroe Islands do not allow importing any pets or other animals. In Greenland, travelers will need to obtain an import license from the local Greenland Authorities before traveling.