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Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Denmark?
Denmark is a member of the European Union and most of its visa policy is tailored accordingly to its regulations. European Union, European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein), and Switzerland citizens are eligible for a visa-free entry to Denmark. Given that they do not take up employment and their stay is limited to a maximum of 90 days per 180 days.
Other than the EU, EEA, and Switzerland citizens, Denmark signed many bilateral or multilateral agreements with various countries from different parts of the world to abolish visa requirements mutually. Their stay is also limited to a maximum of 90 days per 180 days and cannot take up employment. These countries are listed below.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Brunei Darussalam
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia*
- Northern Marianas
- San Marino
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom ***
- United States
- Vatican City State
*Citizens of these countries required to have biometric passports.
**Only holders of passports that include an identity card number.
*** The rules on travel regarding Brexit will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Countries that are not listed above have to apply for a Schengen visa beforehand to enter Denmark.
Denmark Visa Types
We covered Denmark visa types that vary depending on the duration and purpose of the stay.
What is Schengen Visa?
Schengen visa is a short-duration free roaming agreement that was first established between Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain in 1995. After 1995, many other European states became an integral part of the agreement in different years, thus creating the Schengen area. Today, the Schengen area consists of 26 countries without border controls between them and having a Schengen visa issued by these countries will grant a visa-free stay up to 90 days in a 180 day period in the Schengen area as well as transits through international airports. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland are the member countries of the Schengen area. If you would like to visit any of these countries freely, you will have to obtain a Schengen visa.
Although Denmark has been a part of the Schengen area since 2001 and subject to its regulations, there are minor differing requirements regarding the local laws and various other nationalities.
Denmark Category C Visa for Short Stay Visits
Depending on your purpose of the visit that is limited to 90 days or less in a 180 days period to Denmark; it is possible for you to obtain one of the following visa types.
Denmark Airport Transit Visa
An airport transit visa is required for certain countries when their citizens have to change flights at a foreign country and the necessity of the visa is determined by the country in which the airport is located. Denmark follows the regulations of the Schengen area about nationalities that are asked for an airport transit visa. Syria is the only additional country that Denmark mandates for an airport transit visa to its citizens.
Denmark Business Visa
A Denmark business visa is a type of short-term visa that is needed for third country (neither the citizens of European Economic Area nor Switzerland) individuals or groups who have designated meetings, unpaid trainings, or business-related events without labor or gainful employment. Obtaining a business visa to Denmark requires more documents than other category C visas, including but not limited to proof of trip financing, proof of prior commercial relationship, and an invitation letter from the inviting Danish company. Special conditions apply for citizens of Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia or Syria regarding business visas to Denmark.
Denmark Tourist Visa
A Denmark tourist visa is issued for international tourists who are planning to visit Denmark for sightseeing purposes. It is possible to obtain a Denmark tourist visa through consulates or authorized travel agencies.
Denmark Visitor Visa
If you are planning to visit Denmark to visit a family member or a friend residing in the country, you need to get a Denmark visitor visa. In order to get one, it is essential to have an invitation letter from the person whom you are visiting.
Denmark Schengen Visa Types
Schengen Transit Visa
A Schengen transit visa is a permit asked from some nationalities that will transit through a Schengen country to a non-Schengen country even if he/she does not leave the international transit zone at the airport. If the second destination is also to a Schengen country, then a regular Schengen visa would be needed. Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka are required to obtain a Schengen transit visa. It is important to note that some Schengen countries have their own listings with additional countries regarding the visa.
Schengen Tourist Visa
If you would like to visit a Schengen country for sightseeing purposes, you can apply for a Schengen tourist visa which is specified for this purpose and can be issued by any of the Schengen states. It is possible for you to visit more than one Schengen country with the Schengen tourist visa.
Schengen Business Visa
A Schengen Business visa is issued for business-related purposes including meetings, events, fairs, business ventures, or commercial activities. The visa permits its holder to enter and remain in any Schengen country for 90 days in a 180 days period.
Schengen Visitor Visa
A Schengen visitor visa is issued for the individuals who are visiting a family member or friend that is legally residing in a Schengen country. There are some certain additional requirements required for a Schengen visitor visa such as an invitation letter and a proof of relationship for families.
Schengen Cultural Visa
A Schengen cultural visa enables individuals or groups to be able to enter a Schengen country for a number of purposes including cultural activities, sports, or filmmaking. It is required to include a letter that clearly states the purpose of the visit from both sending and receiving associations to obtain a Schengen cultural visa.
Schengen Medical Treatment Visa
A Schengen medical treatment visa is issued for people who are planning to receive medical treatment in a Schengen country institution. There are many additional documents required for a Schengen medical treatment visa including but not limited to proof of payment to the medical institution, proof of accommodation, and letter of admission from the receiving medical institution.
Denmark Category D Visa for Long Stay Visits
Denmark category D visas are issued for stays that exceed a three month period in the country and they are not to be confused with permanent residence permits.
Denmark Student Visa
A Denmark student visa is required for third country students who are planning to study in the country at a youth study program, a Folk high school, or a higher education institution for more than three months. The applicant is expected to be able to speak and understand the language of which the courses will be given, has sufficient funds, and has to be approved by the receiving educational institution.
Denmark Employment Visa
A Denmark employment visa is issued for third country individuals who are going to work and earn gainful employment in Denmark. It is easier to obtain an employment visa in Denmark if your profession is on the shortage of qualified professions list, pays more than 436,000 DKK as a yearly salary, or is a start-up company.
Denmark Job Seeker Visa
A Denmark job seeker visa or an establishment card allows its holder to stay in the country to look for a job and if he/she finds a job during the length of the visa, it is possible to apply for an employment permit. A job seeker visa is usually granted for Danish university graduates or very highly qualified workers such as senior managers or scientists.
Denmark Family Reunion Visa
A Denmark family reunion visa is issued for third country nationals that have spouses, unmarried minors, registered parents, or another family member in Denmark as a citizen. The visa grants a temporary and extendible residence permit for two years and it is possible for the holder to work in Denmark.
Denmark Researcher Visa
It is possible for individuals to obtain a Denmark researcher visa if he/she has been offered a paid position as a researcher in a Danish institute with a duration of more than three months.
Denmark Freelancer Visa
If you are working location-independently and have sufficient means of subsistence, health insurance, and adequate means of accommodation you can apply for a Denmark freelancer visa.
Denmark Language Course Visa
A Denmark language course visa is needed for third country individuals who are planning to stay in Denmark for more than three months. A confirmation letter is asked from the receiving institution as well as proof of accommodation, insurance, and proof of sufficient financial sources from the applicant.
Denmark Student Internship Visa
A Denmark student internship visa is granted for third country students who are enrolled in an educational program in their home country and have specific educational reasons to stay in Denmark. The internship also must be within the green sector, the health sector, or architecture and can be a paid internship in accordance with Danish student internship regulations.
Denmark Partnership Visa
A Denmark partnership visa is granted for third country nationals whose spouse is a Denmark citizen or an EU blue cardholder. The applicant has to include documents of sufficient means of subsistence, accommodation, and proof of relationship.
Denmark Work Permit Visa
A Denmark work permit visa is required for every individual or group for all types of employment if they are going to work in Denmark except for citizens of the EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.
Denmark Relative Visa
A Denmark relative visa is issued for third country nationals who have spouses, registered parents, or unmarried minors who are Denmark citizens. The applicant needs to include documents of sufficient means of subsistence, accommodation, and proof of relationship.
General Requirements to Apply for Denmark Visa
In order to successfully obtain a Denmark visa it is important to be prepared and gather all the necessary information regarding your nationality and purpose of the visit beforehand. There are certain stages to obtain a Denmark touristic visa:
It is important to apply for a Denmark tourist visa in a reasonable time window. As a common rule in the Schengen area, visa applications should not be handed to corresponding consulate15 day prior to the expected date of the arrival to the member country.
Make an Appointment
It is almost always required to make an appointment through the internet or phone to visit any Danish embassy around the world. There will be a service fee asked from you in the embassy in addition to the visa fee.
Finalize Your Application
Find out which Danish consulate is the most convenient for you to travel since you need to hand in the required documents in-person. There will be an interview held at the consulate to confirm your purpose of visit as well as other supporting documents.
Receive Your Visa
After processing time, you will be informed by the corresponding consulate or authorized visa service center and a Denmark tourist visa should be affixed to your passport.
Denmark Visa Applications
You are required to present the following documents if your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry to Denmark:
- Fully completed, printed and signed Denmark visa application form
- Two identical passport-sized photos which are no older than three months
- A passport that is valid for at least three months before the planned date of departure, issued in the last 10 years, and must contain two blank pages
- Copies of previous visas if applicable
- A cover letter that states your purpose of visit
- Round-trip flight ticket information
- A travel insurance that is valid in Denmark and Schengen area as well.
- Hotel booking or accommodation documents covering the duration of stay
- Proof of civil status
- Proof of sufficient income that will cover your expenses during your visit
- Supporting visa sponsorship documents of the sponsor if applicable
There are additionally required or supporting documents from certain applicants:
- Employment contract
- A letter from the company that states your absence, duration of the stay, and confirms returning to current job
- Bank statement of the last six months
- Income tax return if applicable
- Original bank slips
- Copy of business license
- Company bank statement of last six months
- Income tax return if applicable
- Proof of enrollment and no objection certificate from the registered school
- Sponsorship documents if the applicant cannot support himself/herself financially during the period of the stay
- Proof of pension of the last six months
What is Visa Sponsorship for Denmark?
A visa sponsorship is required in Denmark or any Schengen member state if the applicant cannot cover his/her expenses for educational or touristic purposes by own in the duration of the stay. A sponsor could be a parent, sibling, other relatives, or a friend. However, it would increase chances to obtain a visa if the sponsor is a first-degree relative and has a permanent residence permit or citizenship in a Schengen country. The required documents from the sponsor are:
- A signed sponsorship letter that clearly states the relationship with the applicant, information on how and what expenses going to be covered, personal and contact info of both the applicant and the sponsor, and accommodation details of the applicant
- A scanned copy of the ID
- Proof of sufficient funds such as bank statements or payroll
- Proof of estate or business ownership if applicable
- Signatory circulars
You can check our website for more details about visa sponsorships.
Denmark Visa Rules
There are many countries across the globe can enter Denmark without a visa. If your country is not eligible for visa-free entry to Denmark, you need to obtain a Denmark visa and take consideration of the following visa rules:
- The visa application form of the children under 18 years of age must also be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
- The passport should not be older than ten years and contain at least two blank pages.
- The passport should be valid for more than three months from the expected day of arrival to Denmark.
Denmark Visa Requirements
Denmark Visa Requirements for Nordic Countries
Citizens of Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland do not asked for a visa to visit Denmark and should not encounter any problems with their ID card at hand.
Denmark Visa Requirements for Third Country Nationals
Third country nationals without a right of free movement in the EU should apply for a visa to Denmark from its missions across the globe. A Denmark visa will enable its holder to travel any country within the Schengen area in the duration of the stay.
Denmark Visa Requirements for US, UK, and Canada
Citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada can enter Denmark without a visa if:
- Their passport is valid for more than three months from the expected time of arrival to Denmark,
- They can present proof of sufficient financial means,
- Purpose of the visit is clear and documented.
Denmark Visa Fees
Denmark short-stay visa types listed below exclusively include the visa fee. Keep in mind that there might be additional payments expected from the applicant such as consular fees, service fees of the outsourced companies, or application form fees.
The current Denmark visa fees valid as of March 2020 are as follows:
|Short-Stay Visa Application Types
||Visa Fee in EUR
|Child between 6-12 years of age
|Child between 0-6 years of age
|Researchers and Scientists
|Family Members of an EEA national
|Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia Citizens
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
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