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Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands - Consular Information Sheet
November 17, 2000

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Denmark is a highly developed stable democracy with a modern economy. Tourist facilities are extensive. English, which is a compulsory subject in the public school system, is widely spoken. Denmark is the only Nordic/Baltic member of both the EU and NATO.

Greenland, a self-governing dependency of Denmark, is not a member of the European Union. Greenland is located in the arctic region and is thus characterized by an extreme climate. Its economy is based primarily on fishing, although presently Greenland is experiencing an upswing in ecotourism.

The Faeroes are an island group in the North Atlantic Ocean. They are a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark and are not members of the European Union. Precipitous terrain limits habitation to small coastal lowlands and tourism is low. However, there are tourist facilities available, ranging from cabins to four-star hotels, and guided tours available from May through September.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Passport and visa regulations are similar for Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands. A valid passport is required. Tourist and business travelers do not need visas for visits of up to three months (the 90-day period begins when entering any Scandinavian country: Denmark/Greenland/Faeroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden). For further information on entry requirements for Denmark/Greenland/Faeroe Islands, travelers may contact the Royal Danish Embassy at 3200 Whitehaven Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, phone (202) 234-4300, on-line at http://www.denmarkemb.org or one of the Danish Consulates General in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York.

CRIME: Denmark, Greenland, and the Faeroe Islands all have relatively low crime rates. However, travelers to Copenhagen and other major Danish cities can become targets for pickpockets and sophisticated purse snatchers. Purses and luggage are particular targets for thieves in hotel lobbies and breakfast rooms, fast food outlets, and Copenhagen's main train station. Car and home break-ins are also on the rise. The loss or theft of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. U.S. citizens may refer to the Department of State's pamphlet A Safe Trip Abroad for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, via the Internet at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs, or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov.


MEDICAL FACILITIES: Excellent medical facilities are widely available in Denmark. In Greenland and the Faeroe Islands, medical facilities are limited and evacuation is required for serious illness and injury. Although emergency medical treatment is free of charge, the patient is charged for follow-up care.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: Travelers are advised to carry special insurance coverage for arctic areas when visiting Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.

U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United States. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas may face extreme difficulties.

Check with your own insurance company to confirm whether your policy applies overseas, including provision for medical evacuation, and for adequacy of coverage. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas hospital or doctor or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses you incur. Some insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains in the event of death.

Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad, available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax: (202) 647-3000.

OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION: Information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); fax 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or via CDC's Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Denmark is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Excellent
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Excellent
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Excellent

Danish expressways, highways, and secondary roads are of high quality and connect all areas of the country. It is possible to drive from the northern tip of Denmark to the German border in the south in just four hours. Greenland has no established road system, and domestic travel is performed by foot, boat or by air. The majority of the Faeroe Islands are connected by bridges or serviced by boat. Although the largest islands have roads, most domestic travel is done by foot, horseback, boat or by air.

A valid U.S. driver's license may be used while visiting Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands. Highways in Denmark are equipped with emergency telephones at frequent intervals. Travelers should be aware that pedestrians and automobiles must yield right-of-way to bicyclists in Denmark, and it is important to watch for traffic from bicycle lanes when crossing streets (bicycle lanes are most often located nearest to the curb). Drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced with offenses severely punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

For additional information about road safety, see the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs home page road safety overseas feature at http://travel.state.gov/road_safety.html. For specific information concerning Danish driver's permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, contact the Danish Tourist Board in New York via the Internet at http://www.denmark.org.

Emergency Numbers: The emergency telephone number for police/fire/ambulance in Denmark and the Faeroe Islands is 112. In Greenland local police should be contacted. For more specific facts on Denmark, travelers may wish to visit the homepage of the Danish Tourist Board in New York at http://www.denmark.org.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Denmark's Civil Aviation Authority as Category One -- in compliance with international aviation safety standards for the oversight of Denmark's air carrier operations. This rating applies to Greenland and the Faeroe Islands as well. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation at 1 (800) 322-7873, or visit the FAA Internet home page at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact DOD at (618) 229-4801.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: Danish customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into and export from Denmark of items such as firearms and medications. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Denmark in Washington or one of Denmark's Consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Danish customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. ATA Carnet headquarters, located at the U.S. Council for International Business, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States. For additional information call (212) 354-4480, send an e-mail to atacarnet@uscib.org, or visit http://www.uscib.org for details.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Denmark's laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Denmark are strict and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information on international adoption of children and international parental child abduction, please refer to our Internet site at http://travel.state.gov/children's_issues.html or telephone (202) 736-7000.

REGISTRATION/EMBASSY AND CONSULATE LOCATION: Americans living in or visiting Denmark are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen and obtain updated information on travel and security within Denmark. The U.S. Embassy is located at Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 24; 2100 Copenhagen, Tel: (45) 35-55-31-44. Fax: (45) 35-43-02-23. After hours emergencies: Tel: (45) 35-55-92-70. Information is also available via the U.S. Embassy home page at http://www.usembassy.dk. The U.S. has no consular presence in Greenland or the Faeroe Islands.

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