Arriving in Denmark

Arriving in a new country is exciting, overwhelming and confusing. Denmark is no exception to this whether you are a student or employee. Therefore, we dedicate this page to help you prepare your stay and your arrival.

The most important link for you is

Check out one of the below official websites for more specific information about working, studying and coming to Denmark:

· Work in Denmark
· New to Denmark
· Study in Denmark

The International Houses and communities located around Denmark are there to help you settle ind – they cover everything from practicalities like help with paperwork to helping you get a social network through different events.

Have a look at what International House Copenhagen can do for you as one of many of its kind.

A great app for you thinking of coming here, or who have already moved here is Move to

  • The ‘Move to DK’ app simplifies the process of relocating to Denmark. It provides a checklist of practicalities to take care of before and after moving.
  • The app will guide you through three steps: Research, Preparation and Settling in. Each step includes a ‘Things To Do’. The app also offers the opportunity to create your own personal checklist.
  • When activating the app, you will be asked to set your personal profile entering data such as your nationality, arrival date and potential future home city in Denmark. As a result, you will receive information which is highly relevant to your situation and needs.

When settling down in Denmark, you will need:


If you wish to visit Denmark, you must obtain a visa prior to entry if you come from a country with a visa requirement for entering Denmark. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you must have a visa.

EU, EEA and Nordic nationals are allowed to enter and work in Denmark for an unlimited duration of time; nationals of a number of other countries including the USA, Canada, Australia and a number of other countries are allowed to enter without a visa and stay in the Schengen Area for up to three months, but are prohibited from taking paid employment in Denmark during this time. The immediate family members of EU/EEA nationals are allowed to live with them in Denmark regardless of their nationality.

Many foreign nationals are free to live and work in Denmark. However, some are required to hold a residence and work permit. The specific requirements in connection with living and working in Denmark depend on a person’s nationality and qualifications.

Residence Permit and CPR number

On arrival in Denmark, you are required to obtain a residence permit from the regional government office (“Borgerservice”), and to register your address with the National Registration Office in the municipality, where you will be living. You will then get a civil registry (CPR) number and a Health Insurance Certificate.
Find more information on the requirements and application process here.

Work Permit

To find the information on work permits and the application process – click here!


If you need to stay in a hotel for the first couple of nights we recommend the overview at

Alternatively, you can try popular international portals such as

Relocation Services

There are several relocation services in Denmark which can offer relocation assistance;

If your relocation company is not mentioned above and you would like it to be, please contact us.

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