Denmark - Formalities
As a member of the European Union, EU regulations apply. Reporting in or out is not normally enforced but occasionally an official (Police) will check that Passports are in order and say that they should be stamped.
It is advisable that crew members arriving by plane request their passports are stamped at the airport.
Yachts arriving from Greenland, Norway or EU countries, with nothing to declare, do not have to report to Customs on arrival. Others should proceed to a Port of Entry and report to Customs.
It should be noted that duty-free allowances are very small and amounts over this are declarable. Customs do check yachts, so if in doubt it is advisable to report to Customs.
Immigration must be cleared on arrival and departure. A comprehensive list of all safety equipment on board may be requested by Customs.
See comment about harbour masters at bottom of page.
Last updated August 2013.
Denmark is a member of the Schengen Agreement Area. See Noonsite' Schengen page for more details on the immigration rules and a link to the Schengen Visa application form.
The current requirements for visas for Denmark and The Faroe Islands can be found here
Last updated October 2014.
Firearms must be declared.
The importation of milk, dairy products and eggs as well as perishable meat or meat products is only permitted with a special licence.
If a yacht has a large amount of dutiable goods in excess of the allowed limits, the stores must be placed under customs seal and re-exported aboard the yacht. A deposit must be paid, which will be refunded after departure from Danish waters by returning the certificate supplied by the Danish customs office, after it has been stamped by customs on arrival in the next country confirming that the same amount of goods are on board.
EU regulations apply concerning temporary importation of yachts. See EU VAT page for more information.
Last updated August 2013.
"Health Advice for Travellers" produced by the Department of Health can be obtained for UK travellers by phoning 0800 555777
Yachts must carry their original registration document, insurance policy (although insurance is not mandatory in Denmark), and ship's radio licence. One member of the crew must have a radio operator’s certificate of competence. An inventory of the safety equipment on board. Other requirements are as for the visiting boats' flag state.
For EU boats, proof of VAT status is also required.
All crew should have valid passports.
Prohibited areas are military firing areas, information on which is contained on Danish charts and in the Danish Notices to Mariners. Also marked on Danish charts as restricted are several small uninhabited islands, which are protected areas for seabirds and other wildlife and should not be landed on between 1 April and 1 June. On some of these islands there are signs forbidding landing.
Navigation: Shipping traffic between the North Sea and the Baltic is heavy and vessels must use the correct lane in traffic separation zones. These are in operation in the northern part of the Sound between Elsinore and Hälsingborg in Sweden, at the Great Belt between Korsør and Sprogoe by Hatter Barn and the Baltic Sea south of Gedser. In Danish waters the Transit Route for very large vessels runs from the Skaw to the Moen SE light vessel north-east of Gedser. In some areas larger ships on the Transit Route are confined by depths to Deep Water Routes; these can be found in the Great Belt east of Samsoe, along the east coast of Langeland, and north-east of Gedser. Yachts should avoid the Transit and Deep Water Routes as the depth conditions do not allow large vessels much room to manoeuvre. Attention should also be paid to port entry regulations and signs.
Fishing: Foreign visitors may only use simple hand gear for fishing. Harpoons, traps and nets are forbidden. Permission should be obtained from the owners of the fishing rights before fishing in rivers or estuaries.
Holding Tanks - whilst Denmark has implemented the recommendaions (with exceptions as listed below), the Danish Sailing Association advise that foreign visitors will not be compelled to have holding tanks. Furthermore, not all Danish harbours have to equipment to pump out tanks. Exceptions - Boats built before 1st January 1980 do not have to have holding tanks. Boats built after 1st January 1980 but before 1st January 2000 and which are either less than 10.5m LOA or have a maximum beam of less than 2.8m do not have to have a holding tank. Boats outside the above exemptions, including all boats built after 1st January 2000, must have a holding tank than can be emptied through a deck fitting. Boats which are required to have holding tanks must empty them either in official places in harbours or outside a 12NM limited from the coast. Boats not required to have tanks may discharge toilets outside a 1NM limited from the coast.
It is expected that the yacht's ensign be taken down by 21:00 (or sunset if earlier) and raised again at 08:00 (or sunrise if later).
In harbour, it is expected that crews should be quiet after 22:00.
Denmark accepts animals covered by PETS (Pets Travel Scheme) with current Passport, Health Certificate and Rabies Vaccination Certificate and have been microchipped and blood tested prior to import.
Denmark requires certificates to be bilingual.
Go to www.pettravelstore for forms.