Corona/COVID-19


The Danish Maritime Authority is monitoring the situation with COVID-19 carefully in Denmark as well as globally.

First and foremost, all shipping companies, ships and seafarers should follow the advice and guidance from The Danish Health Authority and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. All questions concerning risk of infection, diseases, treatment and considerations in relation to travels or port calls are referred to the above-mentioned authorities and to the instructions and directions from the authorities in the country in which the ship calls port.

In addition, the Danish Maritime Authority is available to offer assistance and guidance to ship-owners and seafarers in regard to any unique situation that may arise. 

Contact the Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Maritime Authority will strive to provide the necessary solutions, in order to handle a given challenge without delaying the ships or affecting the operations unnecessarily.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Danish Maritime Authority:

During openings hours please call +45 72 19 60 00 or write to sfs@dma.dk

In case of an emergency outside opening hours please call +45 72 19 60 00.

Questions and answers - Corona/COVID-19

Shipping companies and maritime businesses can seek information for businesses at www.virksomhedsguiden.dk (in Danish).

Seafarers, shipping companies and ships are facing various challenges. Below you will find answers to some of the questions that may arise. If you cannot find an answer to your question, you are welcome to contact the Danish Maritime Authority.

What do we do, if we are facing problems meeting deadlines in regard to inspections or certificates?

Contact the Danish Maritime Authority about the specific ship. As a general rule, we will be able to issue the necessary permits for extension and postponement.

What if a seafarer's certificate expires and cannot be renewed?

Contact the Danish Maritime Authority. As a general rule, we will be able to issue the necessary permits for extension and postponement.

Foreign certificates (for foreign seafarers) cannot be extended by the Danish Maritime Authority. In the event of problems with foreign certificates, the Danish Maritime Authority will assist with contact to the relevant foreign authority in order to obtain the necessary extensions.

If problems arise or if you have questions regarding medical certificates, courses in fire-fighting, certificates of competency etc., you can contact the Danish Maritime Authority, who will try to find a solution.

What if a Danish ship has problems with port state control, quarantine orders etc. in another country?

If problems arise with certificates for a ship or crew in connection with a Port State control inspection, the shipping company shall contact the Danish Maritime Authority, who will seek to assist.

Special injunctions, quarantine requirements etc. are made in accordance with applicable rules of the Port State. Should problems arise in this connection, you can contact the Danish Maritime Authority, who will, as far as possible, assist with support and guidance and establish contact with relevant authorities in the country concerned.

Can crew members and other personnel involved in the ship's operation and maintenance enter Denmark?

Entry into Denmark is dependent on whether the home country of the crew member and other personnel is categories as open or banned.

In case of doubt, contact the police for guidance. Police hotline: 70 20 60 44.

You can find the list of "open" and "banned" countries here.

Can passengers on ferries stay in their cars on the car deck during the crossing?

In exceptional cases, passengers with special needs for protection against covid-19 infection may upon specific request be allowed to remain in their car on the car deck during the voyage.

  • In such cases, the shipping company must have set up contingency plans and necessary procedures to deal with the particular situation. A maximum number of passengers who can stay in the cars during the crossing must be determined.
It must also be ensured,
  • that there is sufficient space between the cars at all times so that all passengers can easily get out of the cars with direct access to emergency exits,
  • that guard duty is maintained on the vehicle deck throughout the crossing and that there is sufficient crew on the vehicle deck to assist in case of an evacuation,
  • that the number of passengers sitting in cars on the car deck is determined,
  • that an evacuation plan and emergency exits from the car deck to the ship's rescue equipment are planned, as well as procedures to verify that everyone is evacuated from the car deck.
Any deviation from the abovementioned must only occur with the written permission from Danish Maritime Authority. If the shipping company plans to allot a specific number of passengers who can stay in the cars during the crossing, they must contact Danish Maritime Authority on cfs@dma.dk in order to get a permission. In case of the need to change the number of passengers or procedures the shipping company must contact DMA again for a renewed permission.

What should the ship and the shipping company do if requirements for safe manning cannot be met?

The shipping company shall contact the Danish Maritime Authority. The Danish Maritime Authority will be ready to assist in finding and permitting a temporary solution, provided that safety is not compromised.

Mail to the Danish Maritime Authority

Is it possible to change crew in Danish ports?

Yes, according to the Danish Police, signing on or off in Denmark in connection with crew change is allowed, as it is deemed a worthy purpose

Read more here

What to do if a crewmember on board has symptoms of COVID-19?

If a seafarer on board falls with symptoms of COVID-19, the ship's master must, in consultation with Radio Medical, consider the best treatment. As a rule, the seafarer must be placed in isolation on board.

Contact Radio Medical Denmark

Precautions for other crew members, prevention of infection, etc. must be decided in consultation with Radio Medical. If treatment is to take place ashore, the Danish Maritime Authority can assist the shipping company with contact to relevant authorities at home and abroad.

Read this guideline for further information on how to isolate a crewmember.

Read guideline

Follow the recommendations on preventive measures

The ship’s medicine chest contains medicine and equipment, including oxygen, to treat symptoms in relation to COVID-19. The medicine chest also contain protective gear like goggles and gloves. Medicine chest A, A MFAG A1 and A MFAG A2 contain, in addition, face masks.

All treatment shall be provided in consultation with Radio Medical Denmark

Are ships carrying medicine or equipment in relation to Corona virus/COVID-19?

Guidelines for Danish ships - COVID-19
What are the current COVID-19 test requirements for a seafarer traveling to Denmark?

The Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Transport and the Health Authorities are responsible for the rules related to entry to Denmark and proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The requirements are listed below:

A seafarer traveling to Denmark via land based transport or Wessel with the purpose off signing on or off a vessel in connection with a crew change is considered to be in transit and thus not obliged to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

A seafarer traveling to Denmark via aircraft must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the plane. Persons who travel to Denmark on a journey with connecting flights in one or more airports must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before they board the first flight.

Furthermore, special rules apply for entry into Denmark for seafarers resident in South Africa.

You can call the Police hotline on 0045 70 20 60 44.

Please find the updated info here

What should I do in case of cancellation of my Medical Care course due to the COVID-19 restrictions?

Contact Centre for Maritime Health Service cms@dma.dk and arrange a new date. If your Medical Care certificate expires prior to the new course, you need to apply for an extension. Write to cms@dma.dk

What should I do if my current Medical Care certificate expires?

Contact Centre for Maritime Health Service to apply for an extension of the certificate. Write to cms@dma.dk

Will I automatically be enrolled in a new course if the first course is canceled?

No, you need to contact Centre for Maritime Health Service on cms@dma.dk in order to get a new date for your course.

Must seafarers traveling to Denmark spend mandatory 10-days in isolation after entry?

No, seafarers traveling to Denmark with worthy purpose are excluded from the new rule with 10 days isolation upon arrival to Denmark.

Seafarers resident in Denmark or holding a Danish residence permit are exempt from the mandatory isolation requirement if they enter Denmark after a signing on. It is a requirement that these persons are able to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, which, at the time of entry, is no more than seven days old.

Read more here

Centre for Maritime Health Service is closed and the course booking is temporarily suspended

Due to the Danish national lockdown, the course booking is temporarily suspended. If your current certificate expires, you can contact CMS for an extension of the certificate.

Contact Centre for Maritime Health Service on cms@dma.dk or phone: 00 45 72 19 60 04

How can a seafarer without a Danish civil registration number (CPR number) or NemID be tested for COVID-19?

The seafarer must register as a user at https://sts.covidresults.dk/ before he/she can be tested at a public test center in Denmark. The test result will be available at the same website.

Read more here and find a detailed step-by-step instruction

Where can I find advice and information on the seafarer’s health and welfare on board vessels during COVID-19?

The Sea Health & Welfare organisation have published their good advice during COVID-19 for seafarers.

Find the information here

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