For current international students

Health Insurance

We strongly recommend international students to look thoroughly at this information on insurance.

Stays exceeding three months

If you are staying in Denmark on a residence permit, i.e. if you are here for at least three months, you are automatically included in the Danish Health Insurance Scheme when you register at the National Register. This gives you the right to free medical treatment by a general practitioner and in public hospitals.

Nationals from the Nordic countries are entitled to the same medical treatment as Danish nationals. If their stay exceeds six months, they need to bring the “internordiske flyttepapirer” and use these when applying for the Danish Health Insurance.

EU nationals should bring a European Health Insurance Card from their local health insurance office. This card is proof that you are entitled to health insurance at home, and therefore it entitles you to apply for the regular Danish Health Insurance upon arrival in Denmark. It also entitles you to free medical care in Denmark, until you are covered by the Danish Health Insurance.

Non-EU residents are entitled to free medical care after six weeks in Denmark. You apply for your Health Insurance Certificate upon arrival to Denmark. As mentioned, the certificate is valid six weeks after you have registered with the local civil registration office.

It is therefore strongly recommended that you arrange for health insurance to cover any incidental medical bills for the first eight weeks of your stay. Please also be aware that the Danish Health Insurance does not cover the costs of patient transport back to your home country.

When you register at the National Register you will be asked to choose a general practitioner, and it may be a good idea to ask your mentor or a Danish friend to recommend one. The personal registration number which you receive also serves as your health insurance number.

After your registration you will receive a yellow health insurance card. Remember always to bring the card when you see your doctor or your dentist. The name, address and phone number of your doctor will be printed on the card.

All international students must be aware that the Danish Health Insurance Scheme does NOT cover dental expenses or costs of patient transport back to the student’s home country. Neither does the insurance cover liability and loss of personal belongings.

Please make insurance arrangements before departure from your home country.

Stays shorter than three months

If your stay in Denmark is shorter than three months, you are not automatically covered by the Danish Health Insurance Scheme. The rules applicable vary according to nationality:

Nationals from the Nordic countries are entitled to the same medical treatment as Danish nationals.

EU nationals are entitled to medical treatment if they bring a European Health Insurance Card from their local health insurance office.

Non-EU nationals are NOT covered by the Danish Health Insurance Scheme during the first six weeks, and are therefore strongly advised to take out personal insurance to cover expenses for medical treatment.

All international students must be aware that the Danish Health Insurance Scheme does NOT cover dental expenses or costs of patient transport back to the student’s home country. Neither does the insurance cover liability and loss of personal belongings.

Please make insurance arrangements before departure from your home country.

International Health Insurance “danmark” a/s, phone: +45 3315 3099, can advise you if you do not have an insurance from your home country.

Insurance during practice placements

During your practice placement in Denmark, you are insured due to Danish law while you are at work no matter which part of the world you are from.

More Recommendations

If you are interested in learning more about health and safety during your stay in Denmark, please take a closer look at the National Student Guide.

About this page

This page is updated by Stephanie Sørensen May 22, 2015.