Overview of Denmark
The most southerly Scandinavian country, the territory of Denmark comprises a mainland peninsula, which extends from Germany into the North Sea, as well as several hundred small islands. Its capital, Copenhagen, is connected to Sweden by the 8-kilometer long Oresund Bridge; one of the longest in Europe. While much of Denmark consists of charming countryside villages, Copenhagen reflects a uniquely colorful Danish-Nordic aesthetic and sleek modernist design. A top European destination for its award-winning restaurants, historic museums, and contemporary art galleries, Copenhagen is also renowned for its vibrant urban fashion and innovative cuisine. One of the most politically progressive countries in the world, visitors to Denmark often marvel at its cleanliness, efficiency, and toleration. While Danish is the official language, over 80% of the population of 5.8 million people speak English.
Denmark signed the Schengen Agreement in 1996 and became part of the Schengen area in 2001. Please note that the Schengen visa code does not apply to either the Faroe Islands or Greenland, Denmark’s two autonomous territories, which practice open borders.
- Schengen visa eligibility for Denmark includes third country nationals from the following states, who are excluded from visa-free to Denmark/the Schengen area, and are therefore eligible to apply for a Schengen visa to Denmark:
14. BURKINA FASO
19. CAPE VERDE
71. NORTH KOREA
20. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
74. PAPUA NEW GUINEA
25. COTE D’IVOIRE
27. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
79. SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
80. SAUDI ARABIA
29. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
82. SIERRA LEONE
32. EQUATORIAL GUINEA
84. SOUTH AFRICA
85. SOUTH SUDAN
86. SRI LANKA
- Third party nationals from the following entities/territories are also required to apply for a Schengen visa: KOSOVO and the PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.
- All documents required for your Danish Schengen visa must be completed/translated into English or Danish. Applications for all Schengen visas to Denmark will contain the following Basic Required Documents:
- Valid passport
- Passport sized photos
- Application form
- Fingerprints (biometric data)
- Travel medical insurance
- Visa Fee
- Materials related to your trip:
- Reason for visit
- Where you will stay (accommodation)
- How you will fund your trip (finances)
- Proof that you will leave Denmark before your visa becomes invalid/expires. This is often in the form of a paid plane ticket (proof of return).
In addition to the above Basic Required Documents, applications will include the following supplemental document:
- Denmark Schengen visa cover letter, printed out and signed by the applicant.
Note: For more information on what to include in your application, including a detailed description of required materials, please see: Basic Required Documents. Please note that you may have to submit additional Denmark Schengen visa supporting documents related to your specific purpose for travelling.
- The standard Denmark Schengen visa fee for an adult is 80 Euros. Certain types of applicants (most students, children under 6) are exempt from all visa fees. Please note that these fees are non-refundable. To get a Schengen visa for Denmark, you will likely have to submit a service payment with your visa application-this is a separate cost from the visa fee. Please note that these fees are non-refundable in the case of visa rejection.
How to Apply: Steps
- Step 1: Determine your Purpose for travelling to Denmark, which will determine the Type of visa you should apply for.
- Step 2: Determine how many Entries to Denmark/the Schengen area you need.
- Step 3: Gather your Required Documents.
- Step 4: Schedule a Schengen Visa appointment (if applicable).
- Regardless of where you are applying from, you will likely have to make an appointment at your respective Danish Consulate/visa center in order to submit your application, biometrics, or other relevant materials. Contact your consulate/visa center directly to find out if you need to schedule an appointment in order to apply for a visa.
- Step 5: Fill out your application.
- All applications for the Schengen visa from Denmark must be filled out online, via Denmark’s ApplyVisa portal. If you are not using a third-party visa service provider, you should apply through the official website of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, via their online application portal.
- Step 6: Pay the application fee.
- Step 7: Submit your Danish Schengen visa application (at least 15 days prior to travelling, not before 6 months).
- Applications for Danish Schengen visas must be submitted in person to whichever Danish Consulate/visa center you are applying through. When you submit your application (along with your required documents), you will likely also be asked to submit biometric data (fingerprints). Children younger than 12 years are likely exempt from having their fingerprints collected. However, facial photo capturing will be required irrespective of the age.
- Please note, after submitting your application, you may be asked to return at a later date for a personal interview to provide further information/materials related to your trip.
When to Apply
- Submit your application at least 15 days prior to the day you intend to travel, and no earlier than 6 months before you leave.
Where to Apply
- Applications for Schengen visas to Denmark should be submitted at either a Danish Consulate/Embassy or a visa application center that has a relationship with Denmark.
- In countries where there is no Danish consular presence, applications may be lodged via the consulate of a Schengen state representing Danish consular interests.
- When applying via the online Danish application portal, you will be presented with Danish Consulates/visa centers relevant to your location. Alternatively, you can search for the Danish Consulates/Embassies closest to you from here.
- Ideally, you will lodge your application from the country where you legally reside.
- The Denmark Schengen visa processing time is generally 15 days, although it can take up to 45 days in certain cases.
If your visa was approved:
- Collect your visa and make sure the information it contains is valid and complete.
If your visa was denied:
- If you receive a Schengen visa rejection for Denmark, you have a right to an appeal within 8 weeks of receiving your rejection.
- Begin this process by picking up your standard issued-visa refusal form, which describes why your request was denied, explains the detailed steps of the appeal process, and states whether or not your case is being automatically appealed.
- If your case was not selected for an automatic appeal, you must submit an appeal yourself to the Danish Immigration Service.
- Please note that you may have to pay an appeal fee, which is likely non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the appeal (positive or negative).
Finally, once you obtain your Schengen Visa for Denmark, please note the following:
- Your visa may be revoked if you do not notify the Danish Consulate/visa application center of any changes to your trip itinerary that occur after you have submitted your application.
- Being approved for a Schengen visa does not guarantee you entry to either Denmark or the general Schengen area-you can still be refused entry to both places upon arrival.
- Alternatively, you may have to show additional documents regarding your finances or accommodation in order to enter Denmark/the Schengen area.