BREXIT: How does it affect you as a British citizen living in Denmark?

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom entered into force on 1 February 2020. The purpose of the Withdrawal Agreement is to ensure that British citizens who are legally residing in the EU in accordance with the EU rules on free movement before the end of the transition period (31 December 2020) can continue to reside in the EU also after this date on terms, which overall correspond to the current terms under EU rules of free movement.

The EU rules on free movement are implemented in Danish law mainly by the EU residence order. You can read it here (only Danish version): Læs EU-opholdsbekendtgørelsen.

Read more about the Withdrawal Agreement

As a British citizen residing in Denmark in accordance with the EU-rules on free movement, it is important to be aware that in order to keep your right of residence in Denmark, you must apply for a new residence status and a new residence document before 31 December 2021 showing that you benefit from a continued right of residence in Denmark under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Applying for new residence documents under the Withdrawal Agreement


All British citizens and their family members, with residence rights as a family member, residing in Denmark must apply for a new residence document. The issuance of this document is a precondition for maintaining a right to work and reside etc. in Denmark. This also applies to persons with permanent residence rights in Denmark. Existing rights with regard to residence, work etc. are maintained, while the application is being processed.

Even if you are temporarily residing abroad, you still need to apply for the new residence document before 31 December 2021. The applications are made online, but you need to have your biometrics recorded in one SIRI’s citizen centers. If it is not possible for you to have your biometrics recorded in Denmark, you can have them recorded at a Danish representation/embassy or at a Visa Application Center (VFS).

Residence documents that have been issued in accordance with the EU rules on free movement will continue to be valid as documentation for residence rights until a new residence document is issued. This also applies if you are the holder of residence documents of older age, e.g. document issued to a citizen of an EC Member State.

Applications for a residence document under the Withdrawal Agreement must be submitted on 31 December 2021 at the latest to the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

The new residence document serves as proof that the holder has a right of residence under the Withdrawal Agreement. SIRI will issue the new residence documents without fees or others costs for the applicant.

The documentation required for the issuance of the new residence documents overall corresponds to the documentation required under the EU free movement rules – e.g. proof of right of residence as a worker, student, person with sufficient funds etc. and proof of residence in Denmark before the end of the transition period.

A residence document issued under the Withdrawal Agreement only grants residence rights in the EU state of issuance, in this case Denmark. However British citizens will be exempted from short stay visa requirements when travelling in the Schengen-area for up to 90 days.

Until the new residence document is issued, it is recommended to bring existing residence documents issued under EU-rules (“EU-registreringsbevis”/”EU-opholdskort”) when travelling to and from Denmark in order to prove a residence right beyond 90 days for the purpose of border checks. Whilst your application for the new residence document is being processed, you can also bring the receipt that you received upon application instead.

Frontier workers, who are working in Denmark, but living in another country when the transition period ends, must also apply for a document which proves their continued right to work in Denmark. Such applications must also be submitted to SIRI. Until the document has been issued, frontier workers can use alternative documentation, like for example an employment contract, to show that they were working in Denmark before the end of the transition period.

This information is updated regularly.

Any questions?

If you have questions about your residence rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, you may contact the Ministry of Immigration and Integration at .

You may also contact the Ministry of Immigration and Integration on Tuesday and Thursday between
9.00-12.00 at the following No: 61 98 40 00.

If you have questions regarding the application procedure for a new status and new residence documents, you may contact the Agency of International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9:00-15:00 and Friday between 9:00-12:00 at the following No:
72 14 20 05.

If you have questions regarding acquisition of Danish citizenship, you may contact the Ministry of Immigration and Integration at .

Read more about the rules on acquisition of Danish citizenship

Read Executive Order No. 1700 of 23 November 2020 on the right of entry, residence and work in Denmark according to the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union (new window)

Read Legal guidelines No. 9207 of 5 March 2021 on the right of entry, residence and work in Denmark according to the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union (new window)

Read SIRI's FAQ regarding Brexit (new window)

Read SIRI's information letter of December 2020 on Brexit application dates (new window)

Read more about the right of residence under EU rules on free movement (new window)

Read more about Brexit on the homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (new window)