Last updated: 5 Sep 2018

Denmark

About

Denmark has an abundance of picturesque villages and towns, historic castles and monuments, and a coastline that includes some broad sandy beaches.

Throughout the country, low rolling hills provide a constant succession of attractive views; there are cool and shady forests of beech trees, extensive areas of heathland, and a beautiful lake district.

Denmark is known for its excellent cycling terrain, and it also has a multitude of health resorts which are widespread throughout the country.

Denmark has excellent facilities for both freshwater and saltwater angling. Sea-fishing tours can be arranged with local fishermen at many Danish harbours.

Be daring, and go nude bathing. This is quite common at Danish seaside resorts.
Capital:  Copenhagen (CPH)
Currency:  Danish Krone (DKK)
Language:  Danish. English, German and French may also be spoken
Dialling code from SA:  + 45
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Daylight Savings Time: From last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018: 

Jan 1; Mar 29, 30; Apr 1, 2, 27; May 10, 20, 21; Dec 25, 26

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: Year-round activities. May – June, late August.
Best for: Viking Sites, Legoland, Medieval Architecture
Plugs: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Continental two-pin plugs are standard. On many campsites, 110-volt power plugs are also available.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. 
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: Normal social courtesies. Denmark is an egalitarian society. Some restaurants and clubs may have a dress code.
Local Offences / Laws: The age limit for buying beer and wine in Denmark is 16. For drinks with an alcohol percentage higher than 16.5%, you must be 18 or older. Smoking is banned in public areas. Nude bathing is allowed at most beaches; if it is prohibited there will be a sign. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: There may be limited acceptance of debit and credit cards outside of hotels, due to controls imposed on banks.  It is preferable to carry cash. 
Duty Free: Denmark is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices. There are no longer any allowance restrictions on these tax-free items.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Note: The Faroe Islands and Greenland are not part of the EU. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.

• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine and 110L of beer. Tobacco and spirit allowances apply to travellers aged 18 and over. Beer and wine allowances apply to travellers aged 16 and over.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Denmark by travellers aged 17 or over without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of kr3,250 for air and sea travellers and kr2,250 for other travellers.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited and restricted goods include narcotics, meat and dairy products, medicine, pets, wild animals and plants and their products, weapons and explosives, fireworks and pesticides

Issuing Authorities

Royal Danish Embassy
iParioli Office Park, Block B2, Ground Floor
1166 Park Street (corner of Park Street and Duncan Road), Hatfield
PO Box 11439, Hatfield 0028
Tel: (012) 430 9340  Fax: (012) 342 7620
E-mail: pryamb@um.dk
Web:  www.ambpretoria.um.dk

The Embassy can be contacted via email as it is only open to the public for two days and only for two hours.

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SA Representative

South African Embassy,
Gammel Vartov Vej 8, D.K. - 2900,
HELLERUP, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: 0045 39 18 01 55
E-mail: copenhagen.general@dirco.gov.za
Web: www.southafrica.dk

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio