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Corona information for international students

Corona updates for future international students at AU

In the FAQ below you can find updates on the corona/COVID19 situation in Denmark and what it means for international students coming to Aarhus University.

Stay updated:

Aarhus University corona FAQ (please check this page if you are a current student at AU)

Offical Danish corona website

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice

Before coming to Denmark

What is the current situation in Denmark?

  1. In Denmark, a face mask or shield is only required at the airport. You are also advised to wear a face mask or shield at test centres or when you visit the hospital

  2. All shops, bars and restaurents are open with no special restrictions.

  3. All adults in Denmark have been offered vaccination by September 2021. See more here.

  4. AU is fully open and the International Office is able to offer services to newly arriving international students. You will be able to pick up the key for your AU Housing at International Office weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm.  
  5. If you need to contact the International Office, please send an email to ic@au.dk 
  6. Remember to keep a safe distance and to wash your hands often.

Please also check the main Corona site for current AU students here

Can I enter Denmark as a student?

Under the authorities’ current guidelines for travel to Denmark, you can travel to Denmark in order to study. However, in order to enter the country, you must be travelling from a country that is not classified ‘red’ in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s travel advisories. 

If you are travelling from a land categorised as ‘orange’, ‘yellow’ or ‘green’, you may enter the country (For orange it is necessary that the educational institution that you are attending is open and requires that you are physically present to attend courses or exams that take place on campus. If all your courses and exams are delivered online, you will not be allowed to enter.)

Please note that it is important that you familiarise yourself with the Danish authorities’ guidelines on the terms and conditions of entry, as additional restrictions and requirements regarding entry into Denmark may apply for certain categories: https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations/entry-into-denmark

For non-EU students applications for student residence permit is now possible again. 

At Aarhus University, we are not in a position to predict how the situation will develop, and unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that it will be possible for you to travel to Denmark in the spring. This means that the decision on whether to plan on studying at Aarhus University this spring is up to you.

If you have any questions regarding entering Denmark please just contact the police hotline:

Telephone: +45 7020 6044

Hotline opening hours

Monday-Wednesday 08.00-16.00 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Thursday 08.00-15.00 (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Friday 08.00-14.00 (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Will I have to self-isolate after entering Denmark?

The Danish travel restrictions classify all countries and regions into four categories: green, yellow, orange and red. These categories determine which rules apply to you on your arrival in Denmark. The Travels restrictions depend on your country of residence and where you are travelling from.

Please read this information carefully before planning your travels to Denmark.

If you are travelling from a country categorised as ‘orange’, you must self-isolate. If you are travelling from a country categorised as ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ or if you are fully vaccinated with an EU recogized vaccine, you do not need to self-isolate upon arrival. 

As the travel restrictions may change before your departure, please make sure to keep yourself updated.

It’s important that you familiarise yourself with the Danish authorities’ guidelines regarding entry: https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations/entry-into-denmark 

What does it mean to self-isolate?

Self-isolation means that you stay at home and do not go anywhere where you may infect others.

Tenants with a private bathroom in their accommodation can isolate in their own accommodation. Please note that you must not use common areas, such as the kitchen, while you isolate.

We recommend that tenants who do not have a private bathroom isolate elsewhere, which could be in a hostel room with private bathroom.

Please keep a minimum of 2 meters distance from everyone to the extent that it is possible.

Make sure that you follow the Danish Health Authority's guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Grocery shopping and delivery is available through a variety of online supermarkets. 

Please wear a face mask if you need to break your self-isolation - e.g. if you need to go for a COVID-19 test.

I'm a current student but still not in Denmark, where do I find info on exams in relation to corona?

For information on classes, exams etc please go to the FAQ for current students 

Is physical presence on campus required?

Physical presence at AU is required. We expect that classes in the Spring will be conducted with physical attendance only.

No programmes will be available as online teaching.

For Master's and Bachelor's degree applicants

I have applied to study a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Autumn 2021 – what do I need to know?


On the admission pages for Master’s and Bachelor’s? degree programmes we have gathered all information regarding covid19 and admission – including information on student’ residence permit and refund of tuition fee if necessary.

·         For Master’s degree applicants

·         For Bachelor’s degree applicants (coming later)

When in Denmark

What are the Danish Health Authority's guidelines to prevent the spread of corona virus?

To protect yourself and others, it is important that you follow the official guidelines in Denmark:

  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • Keep your distance and ask others to be considerate
  • Stay at home and get tested if you experience any symptoms
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve 
  • Open windows and doors and ventilate your home reguarly
  • Clean thoroughly at home and in the workplace

Please consult the Danish Health Authority FAQ for more detailed information on the guidelines

Where can I find information and updates on covid19 for current students?

Please visit the FAQ for current international students on information on classes, exams, access to campus etc.

Do I have to wear a mouth or face mask in public?

Sometimes. You need to wear a facemask when

- you are in airports, according to EU guidelines

- you need to go for a COVID-19 test or the hospital.

- Always wear a mask if you have any symptoms or have been exposed for coronavirus

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

Information on opening hours and how to find the test centre in Aarhus for newly arrived internationals is available here

Please note that this test centre is only open for healthy persons. If you develop Covid-19 symptoms please see the section “What should I do if I have symptoms of corona virus when I am in Denmark”.

If you test positive, you will receive a text message within 72 hours. See the section below about what you need to do if you have symptoms or test positive for corona or read more on the webpage of the Danish Health Authority.

To find COVID-19 test centers in Denmark and more information on tests - please go to this site

What should I do if I have symptoms of coronavirus when I am in Denmark?

If you become ill, also with mild symptoms, please follow the guidelines issued by the Danish Health Authority:

Self-isolate immediately until you have been symptom-free for 48 hours. Stay away from other members of your household.

  • Follow the general guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Make sure to get tested - you can book a test yourself at coronaprover.dk
  • If you feel so unwell that you need medical assistance, call first. Do NOT show up without an appointment.

On weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., call the nearest doctor’s office for an assessment of your symptoms. After hours, on weekends and public holidays, please call your regional emergency medical service:

  • Students living in Aarhus or Herning:  +45 70 11 31 31
  • Students living in Copenhagen: +45 70 15 07 08

If you do not have a CPR number, you can call the International Office at +45 87 15 02 20 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Do NOT show up.

Am I eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?

Within the first few weeks in Denmark you will register for a Danish CPR Number. Once you have been assigned a CPR number, you will automatically receive an invitation to be vaccinated. Then you can book an appointment for your corona vaccine. You will receive an invitation letter no matter your vaccine status at home.

It is not possible to say when you will receive an invitation or which vaccine you will be offered. At the moment Denmark is only using Pfizer and Moderna.

If you have vaccine related questions:

It is very understandable that we receive many questions about what to do if you are partly vaccinated from home with any kind of vaccine or are fully/partly vaccinated with a vaccine that is not recognized by the EU or have general concerns regarding mixing different vaccine types and time frames. In these cases AU recommend that you talk to your doctor or other health authorities, when you receive your vaccine invitation letter, on guidelines regarding your specific situation. AU is unfortunately not able to guide you on these health issues.

Read more at Danish Health Authority & sst.dk

Updated 8 October 2021 – Information is subject to change