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By No owner — last modified Apr 13, 2016 08:22 AM

 Denmark - Formalities

Clearance

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 July 2017.

Immigration

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 at www.nyidanmark.dk

Last updated July 2017.

Customs

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 Noonsite's EU VAT page for more information.

Last updated July 2017.

Health

"Health Advice for Travellers" produced by the Department of Health can be obtained for UK travellers by phoning 0800 555777

Documents

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.

Update May 2018: If you have a speedboat or personal watercraft, it is now compulsory to have liability insurance with a Danish company. This applies to foreign boaters too. See more details at RYA website

For EU boats, proof of VAT status is also required.

All crew should have valid passports.

Restrictions

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.

Mooring Buoys: The yellow mooring buoys marked DT are for use by any cruisers. Those marked DS are for members only.

From 1 August 2018, it’s illegal in Denmark to wear in a public place any clothing which conceals the face. Failure to comply with this law is punishable by a fine of DKK1000 (around €135). The fine can increase for repeat offenders. The law applies to both residents and visitors.

Local Customs

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.

Pets

Animals are accepted from within the EU and which have an   EU pet Passport.

All cats and dogs must be micro chipped and have an anti-rabies vaccination certificate (dated at least 30 days in advance and for it to have been administered at least 21 days after the micochip was inserted), as specified in the PETS travel scheme.

For additional EU regulations regarding pets coming from some countries, see https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/pet-movement/ms-websites_en

Rabies vaccinations administered by a veterinary practitioner not authorised by an EU country will render the EU Pet Passport invalid for travel.

If entering from outside the EU and from a country on the 'High risk' list, then a Health Certificate from a veterinarian and other requirements must be complied with.

Denmark requires certificates to be bilingual.

 

AlWil
AlWil says:
Jun 06, 2015 10:14 AM

Nexo is a good port of call, on the west side of Bornholm: although mainly fishing, there are spaces for visiting yachts either in box berths or with a line to a stern buoy. Visit the harbourmaster to pay (+45 56 49 22 50): walk north (right) along the frontage; take the first left; the office is 100m on the left. In the season, watch for the ferry arriving with around 100 cyclists + bikes getting off & the same number getting on: a sight to behold.

Rytteren
Rytteren says:
Sep 24, 2014 07:02 AM

Don't expect to be received by a harbourmaster in a Danish yachtharbour, just find a free berth - normally marked with a green sign (red means that the regular owner will return the same day) look for messages like "free until date so and so". In many yacht harbour you then have to report to a selfservice machine to pay your harbour fee, and get a key for the toilet and bath. Just follow the instruction on the maschine, they are normally at least written in danish, german and english. You can stay for a long period in a danish yachtharbour without ever seeing the harbourmaster. In fishing harbours a harbourmaster can be present - but no guarentee.

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