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Visa rules

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General information about visa rules is found on newtodanmark.dk. Below you will find important points about the visa rules.

Denmark is part of the Schengen area. This means that you apply for a Schengen visa. Please note that when you apply for a Schengen visa at a Danish mission, Denmark has to be your main destination. You will find the Schengen visa rules here.

You are only allowed to stay in Schengen on a visitor’s visa for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. To calculate your stay in Schengen, you can use the Schengen Visa Calculator.

Please note that in Denmark you are not allowed to take up residence or work on a Schengen visa. Read more about work permits here.

Family members of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizens who are exercising their right to free movement in Denmark have the right to have their visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations.

Some nationalities are subject to consultation during the examination of visa applications. Go to Annex 16 of the Visa Code Handbookto read, which nationalities are subject to consultation.

Before you apply

    We recommend that you apply for a visa well in advance of your intended entry into Schengen. That said, please note that an application for a visa can be handled no earlier than 3 months prior to the intended entry into Schengen.

    Only applicants staying legally in the country where the Danish mission or the Visa Application Centre is situated, may apply for a visa via the mission or Visa Application Centre.

    Please refer to the list "Where to Apply" when determining where to apply from.

    In some countries, Denmark does not have a mission or a Visa Application Centre and is represented by another Schengen Member State. If you apply for a visa to Denmark through another Schengen Member State, you cannot use the Danish online visa system (ApplyVisa). Please see the website of the relevant Schengen Member State representing Denmark for information on the application procedure.

    Going to Greenland and/or Faroe Islands? When you hand in your visa application at the Visa Application Centre, please inform the staff that you will be travelling Greenland and/or the Faroe Islands. Visa applications for Greenland and the Faroe Islands can only be handled at Danish missions.

    If you plan to work, study, or stay longer than 90 days in Denmark, you need to apply for a residence and/or work permit.

    Please follow the step-by-step guide below on how to apply for a visa, i.e.:

    1) gathering the relevant documentation, 2) applying and paying online and 3) going to the Visa Application Centre to hand in your passport, documentation and biometrics.

Gather your documents

Please gather the relevant documents provided in the document checklist in the right hand column (on the mission website) based on the purpose of your trip (business, tourism, family visit etc.).

Apply and pay online

Go to the online visa application system called ApplyVisa. Here you will have to 1) register a user, 2) fill in the application, 3) pay the visa fee and 4) print and sign the cover letter

Please have your passport and credit card ready when applying and paying.

Please note that your application is not completed until you have finalised your application in person. See below 

Finalise your application in person

    When applying online, you will be asked to select a Visa Application Centre. Your choice determines where you will have to hand in your cover letter printed from ApplyVisa, along with your supporting documents, passport and biometrics. 

    Please note that besides the visa fee there is a service fee when you hand in your application at the Visa Application Centre. See designated Visa Application Centre website for information on the service fee.

    The Danish visa section may ask for further documentation after you have handed in your application, documentation, and biometrics. 

Handling time

    The Danish mission has 15 days to make a decision on your visa application from the date the Danish mission receives your application.

    Once you have finalised your visa application in person, please note that your application is in process and kindly be aware that the visa section is unable to reply to status inquiries regarding visa applications via e-mail due to Danish National Law on the handling of personal information.

    Please contact the relevant Visa Application Centre for information on how to track your visa application.

    In some cases, the processing time can be extended to 30 days, and in exceptional cases up to 60 days.

Decision

    After the mission has processed your visa application, you will be contacted by either the Danish mission or the Visa Application Centre. Your application is either:

    Approved - in which case you:

    will receive your passport with a visa sticker. Please note that the Danish mission will add a grace period of 15 days to the validity period of your visa. Therefore, the validity period and duration of stay on the visa sticker is not the same. It is your responsibility to check that the information on your visa sticker is correct. Please see How to read the visa sticker.

    Or refused - in which case you:

    will receive a refusal letter with your passport, explaining the reason behind the refusal. The refusal letter indicates whether the refusal will be appealed automatically to the Danish Immigration Service or whether the applicant should appeal individually.

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