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Complete guide to obtaining a Danish Schengen visa for tourists, the application steps, the required documents, and FAQs

Denmark is a country with many tourist attractions and hidden gems. The Scandinavian country is known for its calm and peaceful atmosphere, making it one of the best tourist destinations worldwide. 

Tourists from countries with a visa-requirement need to obtain a Denmark tourist visa to enter and visit Denmark. The Denmark tourist visa allows you to stay in the Schengen region for up to 90 days so that you can visit the most famous tourist attractions. Tourists from visa-free countries do not need a visa and can enter the country with just their passports. 

Do I Need a Tourist Visa to Visit Denmark?

 Here is a list of people who do not need a visa to visit Denmark for short trips:

  • Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, and other countries who have a visa-free agreement with Schengen
  • Citizens with diplomatic and service passports 
  • Citizens with diplomatic passports and citizens with a “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” passport, a “Região Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport, or a “British National Overseas” passport 
  • Citizens with diplomatic, special, and service passports 
  • Citizens with diplomatic passports 
  • Citizens with diplomatic and service passports and “official passports”

If tourists are granted a Denmark tourist visa, they must leave the country before the visa expiration date. This rule applies to every country with a visa-requirement with Denmark and Schengen. 

Is Denmark Part of Schengen Visa?

Yes, Denmark has been a member state of the Schengen area since 2001.

A Schengen visa obtained by Denmark allows you free movement within the Schengen Area, up to its validity (90 days). You can get a Denmark Schengen visa for various reasons such as tourism, visiting family and friends, business, medical purposes, etc. 

To enter a Schengen area state, you need to apply for the type of visa depending on the purpose of travel.

Document Checklist for Denmark Tourist Visa

When applying for a Denmark Schengen visa, you must submit the following documents:

  • Denmark visa application form. Complete the application form with correct information, print it, and sign it at the end.
  • Two recent photos. Recently taken photos, not older than three months, in compliance with the Schengen visa requirements & specifications.
  • Passport. Not older than ten years, with two blank pages for the visa sticker. Valid for six months at the time of application and three months after you exit Denmark.
  • Flight reservation or itinerary. You must submit a document of a detailed plan of your flight or travel journey to the Schengen Area.
  • Schengen-compliant travel health insurance. Your travel insurance policy must cover at least  €30,000 for medical expenses and emergencies.
  • Proof of accommodation. Evidence that you have a place to stay during your visit, e.g., hotel, rental agreement, invitation letter from your family or friends in Denmark, etc.
  • Proof of financial means. Proof that you have enough income to support yourself during your stay, e.g., bank statement, sponsorship support.
  • Evidence of employment status. Depending on your employment status, you must submit an employment contract or business plan.
  • Travel itinerary. You must submit a document with the details of your trip to Denmark.
  • For minors:
    • Birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced / death certificate of the parent.
    • Letter of consent from parents and passport copies of both parents/ legal guardians.

Note: Depending on the embassy/consulate in which you are applying, you may be required to submit additional documents.

How to Apply for a Denmark Schengen Visa?

Follow these steps to apply for a Denmark Schengen visa:

  1. Fill in the application form. Provide accurate and true information.
  2. Pay the tourist visa fee. Pay the fee and provide a copy of the payment.
  3. Submit your application, documents, and biometrics. Submit the application together with the required documents in person to whichever Danish embassy/consulate or visa center you are applying through. You must hand in your application in person. 
  4. Attend the visa interview. After applying for a visa, you will be asked to sit for an interview to answer some personal questions and questions about your trip.
  5. Wait for a response on your application. The embassy/consulate will notify you via email if your visa application has been approved.

Denmark has special travel agencies and tourist arrangements for tourists from Russia, China, Ukraine, and India that they can apply through. These arrangements make it easier for citizens of those countries to visit Denmark as tourists.

Denmark Tourist Visa Processing Time

The time to proceed with all the documentation and your visa application may take up to 15 days. Depending on the situation, the processing time can take longer if there is an extraordinary case. 

For visa extension applications, the processing time is 14 days, but due to the COVID-19, it may take longer (2-3 months). 

Denmark Tourist Visa Fee

The Denmark visa fees are as follows:

  • €80 – the standard visa fee for a tourist (Schengen) visa
  • €40 – for children between the age of 6 – 11
  • €35 – for nationals covered by the visa-facilitation agreement
  • Free for:
    • Children between the age of 0 to 6 years and 
    • Family members of EU and Swiss citizens;
    •  Researchers traveling for scientific research; 
    • Students, pupils, postgraduate students, and accompanying teachers who travel or training or study; 
    • Holders of diplomatic passports and service passports.

Note: You might be required to pay a service fee to the outsourcing company (VAC).

How Long Can I Stay in Denmark With a Schengen Tourist Visa?

A Schengen tourist visa permits you to enter Denmark for a maximum of 90 days within six months, with the purpose of traveling or visiting Denmark for pleasure. You can use the Schengen tourist visa to travel and visit other places within the Schengen area. However, if you will be traveling to other Schengen countries, it is recommended to fill in the “multiple entry” gap in the application form.

Can I Extend a Denmark Tourist Visa?

The applicant must submit the extension application before the visa expiration date or the expiry of your visa-free stay. If you submit the application too late or during an illegal stay, your extension application can be refused. A Denmark Schengen visa can be extended only on some particular occasions, as:

  • Late Entry
  • Humanitarian Reasons
  • Force Majeure
  • Important Personal Reasons

Reminder: To get a tourist visa extension for any of the reasons mentioned above, you need strong arguments on your application.

You can submit your extension application at the Danish Immigration Services Citizen Service (SIRI) in person. Make sure to book an appointment before showing up, or you won’t be allowed to enter the Citizen Service office.

Can I Study in Denmark With a Tourist Visa?

You can study with a tourist visa if you stay in Denmark for less than three months. If you want to stay longer than three months, you need to apply for a Danish student visa. You can apply for a visa at the authorized  Danish mission in your country or the Danish embassy and consulate abroad.

The application processing time will take around two months or 60 days.

Citizens outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland need to obtain a residence permit to study in Denmark longer than three months.

Citizens from the EU, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, or Finland can live, work and study in Denmark without a visa or residence permit.

Can I Work in Denmark With a Tourist Visa?

No, you cannot. You must be granted a residence and work permit before you can begin to work in Denmark. To be eligible for a Denmark work visa, you must have a job contract with a Danish employer. 

You can perform certain work-related activities with a tourist visa, such as attending meetings, signing a contract, etc.   

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