Health & insurance
Denmark is a relatively healthy place and travellers shouldn’t need to take any unusual health precautions.
Before You Go
- If you’re an EU citizen, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) covers you for most medical care, but not for nonemergencies or for emergency repatriation home. Apply online via your government's health department website.
- Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical access in Denmark. Make sure your health insurance covers you for the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home.
There are no specific vaccination requirements for entry to Denmark, other than against yellow fever if you’re coming from an affected area.
Tap water is safe to drink.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
- You can get medical treatment anywhere in the country by contacting a doctor during consultation hours.
- If you're in urgent need of medical care outside office hours (evenings and weekends), you can contact an emergency doctor (Lægevagten). Visit the website www.laegevagten.dk/kontakt-laegevagten and click where you are on the map of Denmark to find the telephone number of the emergency doctor in your area.
- The Danish National Health Service provides free healthcare to residents but does not cover visitors to Denmark. A doctor's appointment may cost around 350kr to 500kr.
- For minor ailments, pharmacists can give advice and sell over-the-counter medication. They can also advise when more specialised help is required and point you in the right direction. Look for the sign apotek (pharmacy).