Denmark: Country-Specific Information

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

UK nationals who have been legally living in Denmark before December 31, 2020 when the UK withdraws from the EU may continue to live, study, and work in Denmark through rights established through the Withdrawal Agreement. UK nationals who are residents of Denmark by the end of the Brexit transition will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and their rights will be protected if they remain a resident. UK nationals should make sure they are registered as residents.

Entry and Residency Requirements

UK nationals who are living in Denmark before the end of 2020 can continue living there after the Brexit transition. However, they must register as a Danish resident to stay there legally in 2021.

UK nationals need to have an EU residence document and register with their local civil registration office. Upon registering, they will be issued a Central Person Register (CPR) number. Anyone who needs to replace or update an EU residence document should contact the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. UK nationals must register with the Central Office of Civil Registration.

All UK nationals must apply for a new residence document to prove that their rights are protected through the Withdrawal Agreement after December 31, 2020. Individuals can apply for a new residence document from January 1, 2021 through the end of the year.

Working in Denmark

UK nationals who are registered as residents in Denmark have the right to work in Denmark following the Brexit transition if they remain residents.

UK nationals must apply for an income tax card once they have registered their residence in Denmark and have received a CPR number. UK nationals should note that they may need to obtain a UK police certificate depending on their job.

UK nationals who live in Denmark and commute to work in an EU/EFTA country may require a permit to prove that they are a frontier worker starting in January 2021. The Home Office will provide further details when guidance is available.


A valid passport and valid residence permit are required to enter or exit the country. Passports must have at least a six-month validity, except for individuals transiting Denmark or who fall within the scope of the Withdrawal Agreement. Individuals must renew their passport prior to traveling if they have less than six months remaining on their passport. Additional months from passports that are more than 10 years old cannot be added to the validity period.