A Schengen visa is issued for the purpose of a short stay (less than 3 months) in Denmark and other Schengen countries.
Normally, short stay visas issued by Danish missions abroad are valid for the entire Schengen region (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland - and (as of December 19, 2011) Liechtenstein). A visa does not allow you to work in Denmark. Who needs a visa for Denmark – and what are the requirements?
Detailed information about the Danish visa rules, including which foreign nationals need visas, can be obtained from the website of the Danish Immigration Service.
Visa applications are processed in direct cooperation between the Danish Immigration Service in Copenhagen and Danish missions abroad. Visa applications should be filed at a Danish mission abroad like all Embassies and certain consulates. Furthermore, visas may be issued by the Danish Trade Organisation's Taipei Office in Taiwan. The abbreviation “vis” mentioned under contact details in the list of Danish Diplomatic and Consular Posts indicates that the mission is authorised to issue visas.
Honorary consulates are not authorised to issue visas. Certain honorary consulates with special authorisation may, however, receive applications and forward them to the supervising Danish Embassy. The abbreviation “postvis” mentioned under contact details in the list of Danish Diplomatic and Consular Posts indicates that the consulate is authorised to receive visa applications. In such cases, if a visa is granted, you must contact the Embassy in person in order to have your visa issued at a later stage.
If it is more convenient for you, it may also be arranged that the authorisation to issue a visa is sent to another Danish mission on your route to Denmark.
You may apply for a visa at any authorised Danish mission in a country where you are staying legally on a permanent or temporary basis.
For certain countries Denmark has entered into an agreement with another Schengen country about the handling of visa applications on behalf of Denmark. As a rule these agreements only cover applications for short stay visa. A list of cities where other Schengen countries are representing Denmark may be downloaded here.
You may apply for a visa at any authorised Danish mission provided you are staying legally in the country in question.
Application forms (a harmonised EU form and a Danish supplementary form) may be downloaded from the website of the Danish Immigration Service. The forms may also be obtained from the mission where you wish to file your application.
A recent photo of good likeness as well as documentation for the purpose of the stay, e.g. an invitation, should accompany the application.
In some cases the visa applications can be examined and decided upon by the Danish mission abroad. This depends on the purpose of the visit and certain other circumstances. In such cases the visa is normally issued within a few days. All other cases must be referred to and processed by the Danish Immigration Service in Copenhagen.
If you want to complain about a decision, you should send your complaint directly to the Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs. Detailed information about the Danish visa rules, including which foreign nationals need visas, can be obtained from the website of the Danish Immigration Service.