Visa requirements

The purpose of applying a visa requirement to citizens of certain countries is to control who can enter and visit Denmark and the other Schengen countries. A visa is only intended to allow a foreign national to visit Denmark and/or the other Schengen countries for a limited period of time.

A visa normally grants you the right to stay in the entire Schengen region. The Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

A visa grants you the right to spend a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period in the Schengen region. If you remain in Denmark after your visa expires or if you attempt to use your visa stay to obtain permanent or long-term residency in Denmark, you can be given a penalty period of three or five years. During the penalty period you will not be able to obtain a visa to visit Denmark.You do not need a visa to enter Denmark if you hold a residence card issued under the EU regulations on free movement, and your residence card was issued by an EU country which is also a Schengen country.

Links in this section:

1. Who does not need visa to enter Denmark

2. Who needs visa to enter Denmark

3. General conditions for granting a visa

4. Private visits and tourist visits

5. Business visits

6. How to apply for visa

7. Submission of application

8. Consular fee

9. Proceeding the visa application

10. Visa requirements for Faroe Islands and Greenland

1. Who does not need visa to enter Denmark?

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you do not need a visa in order to enter Denmark: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldovia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Marianas, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela.

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2. Who needs visa to enter Denmark

If you wish to visit Denmark for a short period of time, you must obtain a visa prior to entry if you come from a country with a visa requirement for entering Denmark. The list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Denmark:

Afghanistan,Algeria,Angola,Armenia,Azerbaijan,Bahrain,Bangladesh,Belarus,Belize,Benin,Bhutan,Bolivia,Botswana, Burkina Faso,Burma,Burundi,Cambodia,Cameroon,Cape Verde,Central African Republic,Chad,China,Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic,Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea,Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti,India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya,  Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tadjikistan,Tanzania, Thailand, Togo,Tonga,Tunesia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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3. General conditions for granting a visa
You must normally meet the following basic conditions in order to be granted a visa:
- Your passport or other form of valid travel document must be valid for three months past the visa expiration date. Moreover, the passport or travel document must have been issued within the past 10 years.

- You must have the necessary means to pay for your stay and return trip. What will be considered as necessary funds will be determined by the Danish diplomatic mission and depends on the length of your stay, and whether you will stay at a hotel or with friends or family. As a general rule, you must have at your disposal approx. DKK 350 per day. A smaller amount may be accepted if you are staying in a private home and your host will cover all costs. If you are staying at a hotel, the amount must be greater, approx. DKK 500 per day.

- You must hold a travel insurance policy to cover possible expenses in connection with a return for health reasons or death, indispensable medical treatment or acute hospitalisation during your stay. The insurance policy must cover all Schengen countries, and the minimum policy coverage is €30,000. The insurance policy must be valid for the same period as the visa. The validity of the visa may be shortened if the insurance policy does not cover the entire period.

- You may not be registered as an undesirable in the Schengen Information System (SIS).

- You may not have been deported from Denmark and given an entry ban.

- You may not be listed on UN or EU sanction lists.

These conditions apply at the time your visa is issued, as well as when you enter and stay in the Schengen region. It is therefore important that you are able to document at all times that you have the necessary funds to pay for your stay and return trip, and that you hold a valid travel insurance policy. If you do not meet these conditions, your visa can be confiscated and revoked, in which case you will be required to leave the Schengen region immediately.

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4. Private visits and tourist visits
It is possible to obtain a visa to visit family and friends, as well as for tourist visits. An application for a visa to visit Denmark is normally processed by the embassy or a consulate in the country in which the application was submitted.

The embassy or consulate will issue a visa if it concludes that the applicant do not pose a risk of becoming an illegal immigrant or pose a security risk. The immigration and security risk assessment is based on an assessment of current immigration trends in the country or region as well as the applicants personal situation. If the embassy or consulate assess that the application needs further investigation, it will be passed on to the Danish Immigration Service.

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5. Business visits
It is possible to get a visa in connection with a business visit in Denmark. You can be issued a visa in connection with a business visit if there is an actual commercial relationship between your own company/organisation and the company/organisation in Denmark which you wish to visit.

The Danish authorities process about 110,000 visa applications annually. Approximately 9 out of 10 visa applications are processed within 15 days by the Danish diplomatic missions around the world. In many instances, visas for business visits are issued directly by the Danish diplomatic mission without the involvement of the Immigration Service.

What should your visa application include?
- A signed, completed application form

- A passport or other valid travel document. Your passport/travel document must be valid for at least three months after your planned departure date. Moreover, your passport/travel document must have been issued within the past ten years and must have at least two blank pages

- A passport photo measuring 35mm x 45mm. The distance from your chin to the top of your head should measure between 30mm and 36mm. The photograph should bear a close resemblance to your current appearance and you should be facing the camera directly.
Fingerprints (at the moment, this only applies to applicants who submit their application to a diplomatic mission where the Schengen visa system has been rolled out)

- Payment of visa processing fee (typically €60)

- Relevant documentation, such as information about the reason for the trip, proof that you have available accommodation, proof that you have sufficient means at your disposal to cover your living expenses as well as your travel home. You should also include information that will allow immigration authorities to determine whether you plan to leave the Schengen region when your visa expires

- Proof that you have travel insurance. The policy must be valid throughout the Schengen region for the entire visa period. Minimum coverage must be €30,000. If your application is missing information or is otherwise incomplete, the diplomatic mission has the right to refuse it.

Your application will be rejected if:

- You do not submit a Schengen application form

- You do not submit a valid travel document

- You do not submit a passport photo

- You do not submit fingerprints (at the moment, this only applies to applicants who submit their application to a diplomatic mission where the Schengen visa system has been rolled out)

- You do not pay the processing fee

If your application is missing other information, the diplomatic mission will accept the application, but you and/or your host in Denmark will be asked to submit the required information. The processing of your application will begin, but the processing time will reflect the fact that it was incomplete at the time of submission.

Please note: The invitation forms contain a list of additional information and documentation to be submitted (depending on the type of visit). If the invitation form is submitted together with all required documentation, no further information will be necessary in most cases. Submitting a complete application will reduce processing times.

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6. How to apply for visa
Here you can read more about how you as a host and how visa applicant can apply for a visa to Denmark.

Tips for the host
- Complete an invitation. There are several different ways to invite a visitor.

- Enclose a copy of the photo page of your passport and a copy of your Danish residence permit (if applicable).

- Send the invitation (including copy of photo and any residence permit) or the invitation ID to your guest.

- See the Foreign Ministry's list of Danish representations abroad here.

Tips for the applicant

The applicant must bring:
- The invitation from your Danish host, either in the form of a printed invitation or an invitation ID, if the host submitted an online invitation

- Proof that you have travel insurance covering the entire Schengen area which is valid for the expected duration of your stay. The minimum coverage must be 30,000 €

- A valid passport or other form of travel document

- Check the embassy's website to find out whether there are any country-specific requirements, and which documentation you need to bring.

Please note: do not buy a plane ticket before receiving your visa. However, local agreements between Schengen countries representations may imply that you must have bought a plane ticket, why you should check the embassy's website, to find out which documentation is required when submitting a visa application.

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7. Submission of application

Visa applications should be submitted at a Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general). The application form is available below.

Application for visa
Application for Schengen visa (mandatory)

Online application forms

Visa (short-term), family reunification or permanent residence

Work, studies and internship

You can also obtain a printed version of the application form at the diplomatic mission.

The application cannot be submitted earlier than three months before the expected date of arrival in Denmark. If you already hold a multiple-entry visa valid for more than 180 days, you can apply earlier. Read more about duration.

You must normally submit your application in your country of residence. You can submit it in another country if you are there legally and there is a valid reason for not submitting the application in your country of residence.

You must submit your visa application in person. You will need to be fingerprinted if you submit your application to a diplomatic mission where the Schengen visa system has been rolled out. You may also be called in for an interview after submitting your application.
Upon submission of the application a stamp indicating that the application is admissible shall be placed in the passport or travel document by the embassy or consulate. This stamp has no legal implications and will be covered by a visa sticker if the visa is granted.

What should your visa application include?

- A signed, completed application form

- A passport or other valid travel document. Your passport/travel document must be valid for at least three months after your planned departure date. Moreover, your passport/travel document must have been issued within the past ten years and must have at least two blank pages

- A passport photo measuring 35mm x 45mm. The distance from your chin to the top of your head should measure between 30mm and 36mm. The photograph should bear a close resemblance to your current appearance and you should be facing the camera directly.
Fingerprints (at the moment, this only applies to applicants who submit their application to a diplomatic mission where the Schengen visa system has been rolled out)

- Payment of visa processing fee (typically €60)

- Relevant documentation, such as information about the reason for the trip, proof that you have available accommodation, proof that you have sufficient means at your disposal to cover your living expenses as well as your travel home. You should also include information that will allow immigration authorities to determine whether you plan to leave the Schengen region when your visa expires
Proof that you have travel insurance. The policy must be valid throughout the Schengen region for the entire visa period. Minimum coverage must be €30,000

If your application is missing information or is otherwise incomplete, the diplomatic mission has the right to refuse it. Your application will be rejected if:

- You do not submit a Schengen application form

- You do not submit a valid travel document

- You do not submit a passport photo

- You do not submit fingerprints (at the moment, this only applies to applicants who submit their application to a diplomatic mission where the Schengen visa system has been rolled out)

- You do not pay the processing fee

If your application is missing other information, the diplomatic mission will accept the application, but you and/or your host in Denmark will be asked to submit the required information. The processing of your application will begin, but the processing time will reflect the fact that it was incomplete at the time of submission.

Please note: The invitation forms contain a list of additional information and documentation to be submitted (depending on the type of visit). If the invitation form is submitted together with all required documentation, no further information will be necessary in most cases. Submitting a complete application will reduce processing times.

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8. Consular fee

When you submit your application to a Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) you will normally have to pay a fee. Most embassies and consulates charge a fee of €60 (about DKK 450). The individual diplomatic mission can also make further demands such as extra passport photos or duplicate copies of the application. The Immigration Service recommends that you check the requirements on the website of the diplomatic mission in advance.

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9. Proceeding the visa application

Danish authorities process approximately 110,000 visa applications per year. About 9 out of 10 visa applications are dealt with within 15 days by the Danish diplomatic missions around the world.

When the Immigration Service receives a visa application, it will send an invitation form (VU1 or VU2) to the person you have indicated will be your host, if you have not already submitted an invitation form or invitation ID at the diplomatic mission. Since the Immigration Service sends the invitation form to the host's address listed on the application, please ensure that the host's address in Denmark is correct.

Please note: If the Immigration Service has to send an invitation form, this may increase processing time.
When the Immigration Service sends out an invitation form, it has yet to make a decision about whether you can be issued a visa to visit Denmark. In certain cases you, your host or both will be asked to provide further information for the processing of the case. The Immigration Service will communicate with you by writing to the diplomatic mission where you submitted your application. The diplomatic mission will then contact you.

A decision about your visa application will sent to the diplomatic mission. Your host will not normally receive a separate reply. If your host used an online invitation form and you submitted your application at a Danish diplomatic mission, your host will be able to follow the status of the visa case online.

When the diplomatic mission issues a visa you will also receive a special attachment, Annex 1, informing you about penalty periods, travel insurance and the fact that you must have sufficient financial means at your disposal when entering the Schengen region.

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10. Visa requirements for Faroe Islands and Greenland

If you plan on making a short-term visit (up to 90 days) to the Faroe Islands or Greenland, you must have a visa that is valid for entry into the Faroe Islands and/or Greenland, if you come from a country with a visa requirement.

A visa to enter Denmark or another Schengen country is not valid for entry into the Faroe Islands or Greenland. Neither Greenland nor the Faroe Islands are members of the EU and they are not parties to the Schengen Agreement.

If you need a visa to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland, you will most likely also need a Schengen visa, since most travel to these two countries goes through a Schengen country, such as Denmark. The Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Citizens from visa free countries do not need a visa. Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are free to enter, reside, study and work on the Faroe Islands and in Greenland.

The application procedure for visas to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland is the same as for a Danish visa.

For more information feel free to check How to apply for visa and Submission of application sections

Important exceptions:

- A Danish/Schengen visa does not give permission to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland

- Residence permits, residence cards and D visas, whether issued by Denmark or another Schengen country, do not give permission to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland

- An ID card issued by an EU or Schengen country that is valid for entry into Denmark does not give permission to enter Greenland. Such individuals will require a passport to travel to Greenland

- Individuals with a visa valid only for entry to the Faroe Islands or Greenland are not required to possess travellers’ health insurance.

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