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Visa rules

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General information about visa rules is found on 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. You must apply for a visa at the country of your main destination, that is, the Schengen country where you will spend most days. If you spend an equal amount of time in two or more countries, you must apply for a visa to the country of your first entrance into the Schengen area. You will find the Schengen visa rules here.

You are only allowed to stay in the Schengen area on a visitor’s visa for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. To calculate your stay in the Schengen area, 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 Handbook to 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 the Schengen area. That said, please note that an application for a visa can be handled no earlier than three months prior to the intended entry into the Schengen area.

    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 page "Where to Apply" when determining where to apply from.

    In some countries, Denmark does not have a mission or a Visa Application Centre (VFS Global) 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 application platform, ApplyVisa. Please see the website of the relevant Schengen Member State representing Denmark for information on the application procedure.

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

    Multiple or single entry?
    A single entry visa means that you can visit the whole Schengen area in one single trip. On a single entry visa, you can visit several Schengen states as long as you do not exit the Schengen area. Single entry visas will always be issued for a specific amount of days.

    A multiple entry visa allows you to travel in and out of the Schengen area. Multiple entry visas can be issued for a specific amount of days (for example if you are cruising in and out of the Schengen area), or they can be issued with a validity of 90 days over a 6 months period, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years or 5 years.

    If you plan to work 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
    3) going to the location that you have chosen on ApplyVisa to hand in your passport, documentation and biometrics.

Gather your documents

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

Please note that for some applications you will need an invitation from your host in Denmark. Visit this page to find different types of invitations. Note that the invitation forms referred to in the link are not mandatory for the host to use.

Apply and pay online

Go to the online visa application system ApplyVisa. Here you will have to:
1) register a user,
2) fill in the application,
3) pay the visa fee 
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 (VFS Global) or Danish mission, where you will hand in your cover letter from ApplyVisa, supporting documents, passport and biometrics (photo and fingerprints). 

    For more information on biometric data please click here.

    Please be aware that some applicants are exempt from supplying biometrics i.e. children under the age of 12, persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible and Heads of State and members of national governments as well as members of their official delegations when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.

    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.
    Please note that your supporting documents and passport will be kept at the mission during the case processing time. 

Handling time

    The Danish mission has 15 days to make a decision on your visa application from the date the Danish mission receives your passport and application. In some cases, the processing time can be extended to 30 days, and in exceptional cases up to 60 days.

    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 inquiries regarding visa applications via e-mail due to Danish National Law on the handling of personal information.


    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. You should check that all details on the sticker are correct (e.g. name, validity dates, passport number etc.). Please see How to read the visa sticker. If the sticker contains inaccurate details, inform the Danish Mission or the ESP immediately in order to have it corrected. 


    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. The refusal letter contains a guidance on how to appeal the decision. Please note that if your visa application is refused, the visa fee and service fee to VFS is not reimbursed.

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