Denmark is a highly developed stable democracy with a modern economy. Tourist facilities are extensive. English is a compulsory subject in the public school system and is widely spoken.
Greenland and the Faroe Islands are self-governing parts of Denmark. Greenland is located in the Arctic region and is characterized by an extreme climate. The Faroes are an island group in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Passport and visa regulations are similar for Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe 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/Faeroes islands travelers may contact the Royal Danish Embassy at 3200 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel (202) 234-4300, or one of the Danish consulates general in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York.
Denmark, Greenland, and the Faeroe Islands 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 abroad of a u.s. passport should be reported immediately to local police and to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Department of State's pamphlet A Safe Trip Abroad. It is available 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 http://travel.state.gov.
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, travelers are urged to carry standard travel and health insurance including air evacuation when visiting Denmark, and special insurance coverage for arctic areas when visiting Greenland and the Faeroe Islands. Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad, available via its home page at http://travel.state.gov and autofax service at (202) 647-3000.
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers' hotline, at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); fax: 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or by visiting the CDC Internet home page at http://www.cdc.gov.
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 condition/maintenance: excellent
Rural road condition/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. A valid u.s. driver's license may be used while visiting. Highways in Denmark are equipped with emergency telephones at frequent intervals. Travelers should be aware that bicyclists have the right-of-way over pedestrians and automobiles in Denmark, and it is important to watch for traffic from bicycle lanes when crossing streets.
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.
Denmark's 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.uscib.org for details.
U.S. citizens in Denmark, Greenland, or the Faeroe islands are encouraged to register at the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen and obtain updated information on travel and security. Information is also available from U.S. Embassy Internet home page at http://www.usembassy.dk. The embassy is located at Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 24; 2100 Copenhagen, tel: (45) 31-42-31-44, fax: (45) 35-43-02-23. After-hours emergencies: tel: (45) 31-42-92-70 or (45) 31-42-80-07.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Denmark's Civil Aviation Authority as category 1 -- in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of Denmark's air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the u.s. at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA Internet home page at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/index.htm. 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.