Things to Remember When Bringing Pets to Denmark

Pets are great companions as they provide owners with a unique kind of friendship and happiness. So why leave your pet behind when you come to Denmark for holiday or living?

Certain rules apply though so it’s best that you educate yourself about this beforehand.

Bringing a Pet To Denmark

Bringing your pet to Denmark from the EU: If you have a dog or cat, get a EU pet passport from your vet. To take dogs to Denmark from within the EU, the dog must have been vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to traveling, have a microchip (tattoo acceptable), and the EU pet passport. 

Bringing your pet to Denmark from a non-EU country: Requirements for pet travel are slightly stricter. You should also get a pet passport if at all possible or have your vet complete a standard Veterinary Certificate.

Your dog or cat must also be vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days before traveling to Denmark.

When you arrive in Denmark with your pet, enter customs and request a pet inspection. Danish customs personnel will help you with the process and will check the papers.

Rules for Your Pet in Denmark

Use a leash – Dogs need to be on a leash when you take them out in public places. These include the beaches and forests where wild animals such as the deer abound. Also, don’t let your dogs get near any farm animals. 

Dog friendly areas – In Denmark, you can bring your dogs in some sections of the forest. In fact, you are allowed to let your pet run freely there but be sure to check the local tourist office first. Other areas that are friendly to dogs include campsites, holiday cottage rentals.

Watch for signs – Keep an eye on signs which says dogs may not be allowed. There are some beaches in Denmark that do not permit dogs so be observant enough.

Visiting tourist attractions – When you plan to bring your dogs while exploring the tourist spots in the different parts of Denmark, make sure to gather information first about the pet policy of the places you’re going to visit. Open air museums and outdoor attractions may allow dogs but in some museums and galleries, only guide dogs are permitted. Other popular and interesting that are dog friendly include the Legoland in Billund. Tivoli Gardens in the Danish capital of Copenhagen also have a special event called “Bring your Dog” day in the month of September each year.

Eating out – When dining at restaurants, dogs are usually only allowed at an outdoor eating area. Again, check first with the policy of the restaurant you’re planning to visit.

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