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Leaving Denmark

Destroy your residence card - Non-EU/EEA citizens only

Non-EU/EEA citizens who hold a pink residence card must destroy the card upon leaving Denmark. The card should be destroyed if you are leaving Denmark permanently and if the card is no longer valid. Please make sure to destroy the card completely. The card should be destroyed immediately upon leaving Denmark.

Deregister the Civil Registration Number

When you move back to your home country, you must deregister from the Central Registration System (Det Centrale Personregister or CPR) before you leave Denmark. You do this by contacting the citizen service centre in the municipality in which you have lived. You can acquire the relevant form from the citizens service centre in your municipality. You have to fill in your current address and the address you are moving to on the form, as well as the date of your move and the names of everyone moving with you.

No sooner than one month before your departure, submit your notification to your municipality, who will issue a receipt. This receipt is used for calculating holidays (see below for payment of holiday pay).

You must also destroy your health insurance card immediately upon leaving Denmark. Or you can return it to the municipality, who will destroy it for you.


Deregister your car

If you have a car registered in Denmark, you can take it to your new country of residence. However, you need to de-register the vehicle in Denmark.

In certain cases, you may be entitled to a refund of the registration fee. It is also possible to buy a new car with border plates (no tax or VAT).

Read more at the website.

Notify the tax authorities

Before you leave Denmark, you must notify the tax authorities. Read more about the procedure under Taxation and on the website

Notify your bank

When you leave Denmark you can either choose to keep your Danish bank account or close it. If you do not plan to return to Denmark, you should close the account. Your account will be closed automatically if the account is not used for a longer period (usually 2 years) and it will require extensive paper work to take out the money in your account after it has been closed automatically.  

You are recommended to talk to your bank to hear which option is best for you.

Regardless of where you are going, you must always inform your Danish bank of your new address abroad.

Pay and pension

Holiday pay

In case of termination of employment, days of holiday which have not been taken are disbursed to the employee. As far as possible, employees on fixed-term contracts, for example PhD fellows, research assistants, etc., must take a proportionate amount of accrued holiday before the term of employment ends.

Outstanding holiday pay

You can have all your earned holiday allowance paid out whether or not you take holidays. Before your holiday pay can be paid out, your remaining holiday must be settled by the university and you must receive a letter from Feriepengeinfo in your eBoks.

Conditions to have your holiday pay paid out

The conditions to have your holiday pay paid out are that:

  • You must leave Denmark permanently and deregister from the National Registry. Read more about how to deregister under Deregister the Civil Registration Number.
  • You need to request your holiday pay at within 6 months after having left the country.

If you haven’t agreed on a holiday settlement yet

If you need to work out how much holiday pay you are owed, you should:

  • Contact AU HR, Payroll, your personal payroll officer. You find your payroll officer on the Staff Portal
  • Send your personal payroll officer an e-mail explaining that you are leaving Denmark permanently.

Then your holiday pay will be paid out directly to you in connection with your holiday settlement.

If you have not received a letter from Feriepengeinfo, or if you have questions regarding your holiday pay, please contact AU HR, Payroll.

Read more about holiday pay and holiday rules on the Staff Portal

Pension when leaving Denmark

Aarhus University recommends you to contact your pension fund for information and guidance on what to do about your pension when leaving Denmark.

Read more about how to contact the different pension funds

Relocation agencies

A number of relocation agencies offer relocation programmes to cover all of the relocation process.

See a list of relocation agencies and agencies Aarhus University has cooperation agreements with 

Checklist on what to remember when leaving Denmark

We have made a list of what to remember when leaving Denmark in order to relocate to another country.
See the checklist (pdf file)

See checklist on

On the municipal website you can find an overview of what to do before leaving Denmark. See Practical matters before leaving

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