Passport control

New passport control rules for passengers crossing Schengen's external borders

The EU has amended its Schengen rules so that from 7 October 2017 the police must scan the passports of all passengers crossing the Schengen borders. The new EU-rules is amended in order to strengthen the external borders and support the internal security of Denmark and the EU.

The new rules mean that all passengers crossing Schengen's external borders must have their passports scanned by the police at Copenhagen Airport. The passport can then be checked against relevant databases.

Up to now, not all passports have been scanned. Scanning more passports will naturally take longer.

Applies only when travelling outside the Schengen Area*.

The new EU rules apply only to passengers who are leaving the Schengen Area. If you are travelling domestic or inside the Schengen Area, there is no extended passport control.

*Schengen member states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

The same rules apply: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Location of the passport control at Copenhagen Airport

Note that the passport control is not the same as the security checkpoint.

You will find the passport control in the shopping area, after you have gone through the security checkpoint. The main passport control is located at the start of Pier C, but there is also a passport control in Pier F.

See map of the airport here (PDF)

Extra staffing

In cooperation with the police, we have increased passport control staffing, but we still expect that there will be queues at times.

Copenhagen Airport and the police are therefore working closely together to ensure that passengers get through passport control as quickly and smoothly as possible. This especially applies to transfer passengers.

The police and Copenhagen Airport are asking passengers travelling out of the Schengen Area to be patient and to follow the recommendations of their airline or travel agent on when to arrive at the airport.

We look forward to seeing you at Copenhagen Airport and wish you a good journey.

Good advice:

  • Arrive at the airport in good time and follow the recommendations of your airline or travel agent.
  • Track your departure on the CPH Airport app or at under “Flight information” and keep up to date on your gate.
  • Check the waiting time in passport control on the information screens at the airport.
  • Have your passport ready for inspection when you reach passport control.
  • Note that all family members must show their passports separately.

Self service passport control

At the beginning of Gate C, Copenhagen Airport has installed self service passport control. This means that as a passenger, you must scan your own passport when crossing the Schengen border.

Read more about self service passport control here