PCR Test Requirements and Testing Plan
As an employer of mobile workers traveling to Denmark, you must ensure that your employees take a PCR test for COVID-19 after entry into Denmark, and you must prepare a written plan for PCR testing.
It is a requirement that incoming mobile workers take a test for COVID-19 following entry into Denmark.
This test must be a PCR test and it must be taken no sooner than 48 hours and no later than 120 hours after the initial test which was used for entry into Denmark. As the employer of incoming mobile workers, you must ensure that employees take this PCR test within the appropriate timeframe following their entry into Denmark.
Moreover, you must also prepare a written plan for the PCR testing of your incoming mobile workers.
The requirements regarding testing after entry into Denmark also apply to employers who are visiting Denmark for work as well as sole proprietors without employees who are visiting Denmark for work.
The Danish Work Environment Authority carries out inspections to ensure that employers comply with their obligations to:
- Ensure PCR testing of their employees after entry into Denmark
- Prepare a written plan for PCR testing
There are a number of exemptions to the PCR testing requirement. For example, it does not apply to:
- Persons who have permanent residence in Denmark
- Persons domiciled in the border region
- Persons who can present a positive test for COVID-19 performed no earlier than 12 months before entry and no later than 14 days before entry
- Persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who:
- are permanently resident in an EU, Schengen or OECD country or in a country listed on Appendix 1 at the time of entry into Denmark or who can document that they have been vaccinated via the EU’s digital covid certificate, and
- have not been to a country or region categorised as red within the ten days prior to their entry into Denmark.
- Danish citizens who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have not been to a country or region categorised as red within the ten days prior to their entry into Denmark.
NB. A person is considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after completion of the full course of vaccination; i.e. 14 days after receiving their second vaccination injection. Persons who receive a course of vaccination delivered in only one dose are fully vaccinated 14 days after this vaccination. In addition, the course of vaccination must have been completed within the last 12 months. Finally, the vaccination received must also be of a variety that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency.
Please be aware that other rules on testing and isolation also apply following entry into Denmark as set out by the Danish Ministry of Health’s statutory instrument on requirements for testing and isolation after entry into Denmark in connection with Denmark’s COVID-19 response. You can read more about the Health Ministry rules at coronasmitte.dk.
Where to perform the PCR test
All persons (including foreigners) may obtain a free PCR test administered by TestCenter Danmark. TestCenter Danmark operates test stations in all five regions of Denmark.
Note, however, that the process for obtaining a PCR test for COVID-19 will differ depending on whether the mobile worker has an administrative Danish CPR number or not.
Persons WITH an administrative Danish CPR number and NemID
Persons with an administrative Danish CPR number and NemID can book an appointment for testing at coronaprover.dk. See the guidance below for information on how tested individuals can then obtain a certificate documenting the test.
Persons WITHOUT an administrative Danish CPR number or NemID
Persons without an administrative Danish CPR number or NemID must first create a profile on covidresults.dk. This profile ensures that they can subsequently download or print a certificate documenting the test.
Note that as an employer you must NOT create a profile on behalf of an employee.
Once an employee has created a profile, they can present themselves either at TestCenter Denmark or at one of the mobile test stations without an appointment and be tested. They will need to present a barcode from covidresults.dk.
Read the full guidance for the PCR testing of persons without a Danish CPR number here:
Overview of COVID-19 test centres
Testing plan requirements: What the plan needs to contain
As an employer, you are required by law to prepare a plan for the PCR testing of your incoming mobile workers. PCR tests must be performed no sooner than 48 hours and no later than 120 hours after the initial test used for entry into Denmark. The plan must be in writing and contain, among other things, information as to how you provide information to your employees about PCR testing in Denmark.
The Danish Work Environment Authority has created a template which you can use to prepare your plan. You are free to use this template or to create your own.
The plan must include:
- Information on how the employer informs their employees about COVID-19 testing (PCR tests) in Denmark, including when, where and how such tests are performed.
- Information on how the employer keeps itself continuously up to date on which countries, regions or areas are covered by the rules.
- A list of employees who have entered Denmark, including
- which country, region or area each employee has entered Denmark from
- date of the COVID-19 test taken prior to entry into Denmark (if subject to this requirement)
- date of the COVID-19 test (PCR) after entry into Denmark and
- information on any exemption from the testing requirement.
- NOTE: The date of the test taken prior to entry into Denmark is only included in the plan in order to ensure that the time period between the entry test and the PCR test after entry into Denmark is correct (i.e. that the PCR test after entry is taken no sooner than 48 hours and no later than 120 hours after the test taken prior to entry into Denmark)
The Danish Work Environment Authority will carry out inspections to ensure that employers have prepared a plan for the PCR COVID-19 testing of mobile workers.
As an employer, you may present your plan to the inspector either in electronic form (e.g. on a computer screen, via email) or as a physical document.
Employers must also be able to present documentation for PCR tests performed on employees and for any exemptions to the testing requirement.
Employers who are also mobile workers traveling to Denmark must be able to provide documentation which shows that they have taken a PCR test for COVID-19 or that they are exempt from that requirement.
PCR test documentation
The employer must be able to present one of the following:
- Documentation which shows that the employee has taken a PCR test no sooner than 48 hours and no later than 120 hours after the test which allowed the worker to enter into Denmark. This can be documented in the form of a printout or download from covidresults.dk (in the case of persons without an administrative CPR number) or sundhed.dk (in the case of persons with an administrative CPR number). Documentation can be printed or downloaded once the test results are available. It typically takes between one and two days for the test results to appear. Please note that you will not be able to download your COVID-19 passport (documentation for testing) from sundhed.dk if the test results are more than seven days old. You should therefore print or download the documentation immediately upon getting the test results.
- Documentation which shows that the employee is exempt from the PCR testing requirement after entry into Denmark. Such documentation could be:
- Presentation of a positive COVID-19 test performed no earlier than eight months and no later than 14 days prior to entry into Denmark.
- Documentation of permanent residence in Denmark
- Documentation of permanent residence in the border region
- Documentation which shows that the employee is fully vaccinated and permanently resident in an EU, Schengen or OECD country, or a country listed on Appendix 1 at the time of entry into Denmark or able to document that they are fully vaccinated by presenting the EU’s digital covid certificate
- Documentation for Danish citizens who are resident abroad which shows they have been fully vaccinated regardless as to where they have permanent residence
The Danish Work Environment Authority carries out inspections to ensure that employers and sole proprietors are in compliance with the requirements and, in the event of non-compliance, it will issue an enforcement notice to ensure compliance.