Travel to Denmark

30/04/2013 -- Admin
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Legoland, Little Mermaid, Tivoli Gardens, Hans Christian Andersen, cycling, woolly jumpers, islands, Copenhagen, Egeskov Castle, wild camping, forests, mountain biking, meatballs, open sandwiches, porpoises, seals, Mons Klint, amber hunting, Vikings, caving, old churches, art museums, Rosenborg Castle, palaces, Christiana, Bakken Amusement Park, Carlsberg, beaches, fishing, hiking, picked herring, bacon, Danish pastries …

Medical and Health

All EU citizens are entitled to free treatment for accident, sudden sickness or worsening of an existing medical problem (eg heart problem, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes) while on holiday in Denmark.

Documents needed:  EHIC and passport.

Doctors and Dentists

Doctors:  You can make an appointment to see a Danish National Health Service doctor between 8am and 4pm weekdays. Some are open one evening during the week.  

For urgent medical assistance outside normal hours, you need to phone the emergency doctor service (Lægevagten). 

Dentists:  You can get emergency treatment from any dentist registered with the Danish National Health Service.  Everyone over 18 has to pay for routine check-ups and treatment which can be expensive. 

Fillings are reimbursed up to 40%. Dentures, crowns, etc., aren’t covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Hospital Treatment and Ambulance Costs

Unless it’s a real emergency, you need a doctor’s referral for hospital treatment. Serious cases go to the top of the queue, so waiting times can be long. All necessary medical treatment is usually free of charge.   Remember to show your EU Medical Card (the old E111 Form) on admission.

If you’re too sick to continue your holiday in Denmark and want to return home, make sure your travel insurance covers cancellation and repatriation.  Contact your insurer’s 24-hour emergency assistance service for help and advice.

Ambulance:  Transport is free in emergencies.


You can buy prescription drugs in pharmacies, called Apoteks in Denmark. Some non-prescription medication can also be bought in other outlets, eg, supermarkets.  There are 24-hr pharmacies around the country.

Show your passport or EHIC on your first visit to the pharmacy and you'll be given a registration card for use each time you buy medicines.

There’s a charge for prescribed medicines and refund rates vary for approved drugs.  No refunds of expenditure under DKK 445 (around £50) for patients over 18 (for children, 50% is refundable).

See Taking Medication Abroad.