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Corona information for international students

Corona updates for future international students at AU

To prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus, the Danish government has tightened the entry rules for foreign citizens including international students.

This means that many international students are currently not allowed to enter Denmark.

Students who have obtained a residence permit issued by SIRI can enter Denmark regardless of the current restrictions.

As of 7 February 2021, all persons entering Denmark are required by law to be tested and subsequently isolate for 10 days. The isolation may be broken off after a negative PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

The current entry rules are valid up to and including 5 April 2021.

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

Corona FAQ for international students

What is the current situation in Denmark?

Danish health authorities have recommended a number of measures for the whole country:

  1. Facemasks are required in all public indoor spaces.
  2. Most AU staff will work from home. However, the International Office is able to remain open and offer strictly limited 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.
  3. If you need to contact the International Office, please send an email to ic@au.dk 
  4. Aarhus University has cancelled all social events on campus. Scheduled online events will proceed as planned.
  5. To get a status on the Spring semester start see the FAQ for current students at AU.
  6. Remember to keep a safe distance and to wash your hands often.
  7. All restaurants, cafés, gyms, malls, some stores (except supermarkets) are closed until at least March 15.

Please also check the main Corona site for AU students here

Can I enter Denmark as a student?

The Danish government has tightened the entry rules for foreign citizens including international students and is currently not processing residence permit applications.

To prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus, the Danish government has tightened the entry rules for foreign citizens including international students. This means that most international students are currently not allowed to enter Denmark.

Effective 3 February 2021 and until further notice, the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration has issued an order cancelling the processing of applications for residence permits. Applications for residence permits in process will be rejected. If an application is rejected due to this order, the application fee will be refunded to the applicant.

Students who have obtained a residence permit issued by SIRI are able to enter Denmark regardless of the current restrictions. Please pay careful attention to the required documentation that is needed to enter. That is your residence permit, passport and a negative COVID-19 test no more than 24 hours old. Stay updated.

 

Will I have to self-isolate after entering Denmark?

Yes!

All persons entering Denmark are required by law to be tested and subsequently isolate for 10 days. The isolation may be broken off after a negative PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

Please read this information carefully before you plan your travels to 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 (at least 2 meter) and ask others to be considerate
  • Wear a face or mouth mask if you travel by public transportation and in all public spaces
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve 
  • Avoid handshakes, kisses on the cheek and hugs - limit physical contact
  • Clean thoroughly at home and in the workplace

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

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

Yes - when travelling by public transportation, doing groceries and in all public indoor spaces you have to wear a mouth or face mask.

According to EU guidelines you are also obliged to use a face mask in airports.

You should also wear a face mask if you need to go for a COVID-19 test.

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

Information on opening hours and how to find the test centre in Aarhus 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.

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.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

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

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

You need to stay in your room or apartment as much as possible. If you live in a dormitory room with shared kitchen and/or bathroom, please clean surface areas (tap, sink, toilet, toilet seat, etc.) after each use.

Make sure that you follow the Danish Health Authority's guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus (please see below).

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

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

Does the coronavirus affect my ability to apply for a residence permit to Denmark?

If you are a non-EU citizen, you must have a residence permit in order to study in Denmark. The application for a residence permit takes place in your home country prior to your arrival in Denmark, and is processed by Danish embassies or Visa Facilitation Service Centers (VFS) abroad. Processing time is up to 60 days. For more information on Danish immigration, please visit their webpage.

Due to the corona pandemic, however, many Danish embassies and VFS Centers are closed. Consequently, you might not be able to apply for a residence permit at the moment, and AU strongly advises against travelling to Denmark without a residence permit. Please contact the Danish embassy or VFS center closest to you in order to determine when you will able to apply 

Is physical presence on campus required?

Physical presence at AU is required. Classes will be conducted as a combination of online teaching and physical attendance.

No programmes will be available as online teaching only.

Updated 7 February 2021 – Information is subject to change