Workers who maintain their residence in another country than Denmark and travel to Denmark on a regular basis to work are considered as cross-border commuters.
If you are a cross-border commuter, you should consider your work permit, tax registration, health insurance card, bank account, driving license and vehicle registration etc.
Most cross-border commuters working in Denmark reside in Sweden, Germany and Poland.
More information on being a cross-border commuter from Sweden is available at Oresunddirekt.
Information for cross-border commuters from Germany is available at Pendlerinfo and Eures Kompas.
Cross-border commuters with a citizenship from the Nordic region, EU/EEA or Switzerland do not need a work permit/EU residence document in Denmark.
Cross-border commuters with citizenship from other countries need a work permit before they start working in Denmark. Find out more about work permit for commuters at newtodenmark.dk.
Cross-border commuters are limited tax payers in Denmark, which means that you in most cases must pay tax of the income earned in Denmark. Therefore you will need to apply for a tax number and a tax card by completing tax form 04.063.
Read more about tax registration and how to apply at the website of the Danish Custom and Tax Administration.
Healt Insurance card
As a cross-border worker is entitled to have a special health insurance card.
The special health insurance card shows that you have the right to medical treatment in Denmark on the same terms as if you are a resident in Denmark.
You can apply online for the special health insurance card at Lifeindenmark.dk - Cross borders.
You need to open a bank account in order for your employer to pay out your salary. As soon as you have your personal tax number you must open a bank account. It is an advantage to have an Easy Account (Danish: Nemkonto). This is generally a current account, into which payments from your employer are made. The Nemkonto is also used by the Danish state for e.g. tax refunds.
Contact the bank you prefer when you open a bank account.
Driving license and vehicle registration
As a cross-border commuter you can use your driving license from your residence country.
As a cross-border worker you are allowed to use your foreign registered vehicle to and from work in Denmark. If you return to your home country on a daily basis you do not have to do anything, but is generally advisable always to keep a copy of your employment contract and your Danish health card in your vehicle.
If you return to your home country once a week it is recommended to apply for permission to drive your foreign registered vehicle in Denmark by filling out Form 21.059 at www.skat.dk. Apply as soon as you start working in Denmark. Until you get your permission, you must bring the application whenever you drive in Denmark. Remember always to keep the permission in your car.
If you do not return on a daily or weekly basis you must apply for permission to drive your foreign registered vehicle in Denmark by filling out Form 21.059 at www.skat.dk. Apply as soon as you start working in Denmark. Until you get your permission, you must bring the application whenever you drive in Denmark. Remember always to keep the permission in your car. Please note that if you stay in Denmark for more than 185 days within one year you are considered to reside in Denmark and you must register your vehicle in Denmark.