Last modified: 18.03.2020

Before arrival

Relocating to Denmark

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    Import of goods and pets

    Below you can find out about the taxation and custom rules for importing goods and the rules and requirements if you wish to bring animal products or a pet with you to Denmark.


    Importing goods - taxation and customs

    Importing goods from outside the EU

    There are rules on how many cigarettes and how much alcohol you are allowed to import into Denmark without paying customs and excise duties. Special rules apply on goods imported from outside the EU. Read about the rules on what you can bring into Denmark and the amount of tax and customs to pay on the Danish taxation website.

    Importing goods from within the EU

    You may freely bring goods bought in other EU countries into Denmark, if they are for your own personal use. However, there are limits as to how much alcohol and tobacco you are allowed to import. Some goods can only be imported with special permission. Read more about the rules on the Danish taxation website.

    Importing medication

    You can import medications from an EU/EEA country, if you can document that they are for your own personal use. You can only import medications from countries outside the EU/EEA Agreement when you arrive personally, and you are restricted to a supply for three months only.


    Importing animal products and pets

    Importing animal products

    The Danish Chief Veterinary Officer has the overall responsibility for animal health in relation to imports of animals and animal products. Read more about the rules on import of animal and animal products on the Ministry of Environment and Food website.

    Importing pets

    All dogs, cats and ferrets must have a special animal passport to document that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.

    We recommend you to read the Danish Veterinary Authorities' guidelines.

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    Moving your personal belongings

    Custom regulations

    If you move to Denmark, get married or acquire personal belongings by inheritance, your personal belongings may be introduced duty-free. You are not liable to pay VAT if you meet the conditions that apply.

    Read more about custom regulations on the Danish taxation authorities (SKAT) website.

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    Traveling to Denmark


    Here is an overview of different travel opportunities when you are going to travel to and between the different cities that host the AAU campuses. In the meanwhile, feel free to contact us to ask for advice.



    Travelling to/from Aalborg airport

    The Aalborg airport is located just 6 km northwest of the city and offers direct international flights to a few European  destinations, for instance Oslo, Amsterdam, London, Barcelona and more.

    To travel to and from the airport you can take a taxi or a bus. Buses depart regularly from the airport to the city. The fare is about DKK 24 and it takes about 20 minutes to reach the city centre. The bus 12 stops at Aalborg University main campus (southeast of the city centre). Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machine right next to the main entrance before exit.


    Travelling to/from Copenhagen airport

    The Copenhagen airport is located just 8 km southeast of the city and offers direct international flights to many European and non-European destinations. The airport is the main hub out of three used by Scandinavian Airlines and is also an operating base for Norwegian Air Shuttle.

    The quickest route from the airport to Copenhagen is via regional train or Metro. It takes under 15 minutes to reach the city centre and you can buy the tickets you need at the airport: you need a 3-zone ticket that costs approximately DKK 36.

    The train runs directly to Copenhagen Central Station (Hovedbanegården) in the centre of the city and is ideal if you are staying there or want to take a train onwards to other Danish cities. If you want to reach Nørrebro, Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, Osterbro or other areas of Copenhagen, the metro is the best option.

    You can also take bus 5A from the airport to reach the city centre in approximately 35 minutes, and there is a taxi rank outside Arrivals. Typically, taxis cost DKK 250-350 and take 20-30 minutes to reach the city centre.


    Train travel 

    It's easy to travel by train beyond Copenhagen to the rest of Denmark. A train from Copenhagen to Aalborg takes about four hours and to Odense an hour and a half. DSB is the official Danish national rail operator, and you can see train routes, find schedules and book train tickets on the DSB website or by calling +45 70 13 14 15. Booking in advance, up to two months before travel, is advised - check the section ‘DSB Orange’ for the best value off peak tickets on the train operator’s website. An adult can take two children under 12 on a train for free.

    European citizens can buy a single country InterRail Denmark Pass offering unlimited train journeys up to 8 days a month; Denmark is also included in the InterRail Global Pass that allows access to train routes in 33 European countries, making a multi-stop Scandinavian trip easy. The Eurail Denmark Pass offers similar options for non-European citizens.



    As you would expect from a country made up of so many islands, boats and ferries provide an essential service. 

    Several major tour operators run ferry and cruise services to Denmark from other major European destinations, including ScandlinesColor LineFjord Line and Stena LineDFDS operates a two-night cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo with overnight travel to Oslo, a day (6.5 hours) in the city and overnight travel back, among other routes.

    Within Denmark you will find numerous ferries and passenger boats that will take you to the many smaller Danish islands. Click here for a full rundown.


    Long distance Bus Travel 

    You can also travel by bus using Denmark’s extensive network of long-distance coach routes. Bus connections are operated by providers including Eurolines GermanyFlixBus and Swebus and include routes between Danish towns and cities as well as multiple cities in Europe.


    Journey Planner whithin denmark

    Try this useful Journey Planner for suggestions on the best way of getting from A to B in Denmark. You can also use it to book tickets for trains and buses.