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On this page you can read more about how to apply for a short term visa to visit Denmark.

What to do if you expect a visitor

  • Complete an invitation. There are several different ways to invite a visitor. Read more about invitations for a visa stay
  • Send the invitation or the invitation ID to your guest
  • Send a copy of the photo page of your passport and your Danish residence permit (if applicable) to the Visitor.

Tips for the applicant

  • Bring the invitation from your Danish host, either in the form of a printed invitation or an invitation ID, if the host submitted an online invitation
  • Bring proof that you have travel insurance covering the entire Schengen area which is valid for the expected duration of your stay. The minimum coverage must be 30,000 €
  • Bring a valid passport or other form of travel document
  • Check the embassy's website to find out whether there are any country-specific requirements, and which documentation you need to bring

Please note: The Immigration Service recommends that you do not buy a plane ticket before receiving your visa. However, local agreements between Schengen countries representations may imply that you must have bought a plane ticket, why you should check the embassy's website, to find out which documentation is required when submitting a visa application.

Does it cost anything to submit an application?

When you submit your application at VFS Danish Visa Application Centre you will normally have to pay a fee. Please find the Visa Fee Details on our Visa Fee Page for Updated fee amounts. .The Immigration Service recommends that you check the requirements on the website of the diplomatic mission in advance.

Submission of application

Visa applications should be submitted at a VFS Denmark Visa Application Centre. The application form is available below.

Application for visa

The application cannot be submitted earlier than three months before the expected date of arrival in Denmark. Read more about duration

You must normally submit your application in your country of residence. You can submit it in another country if you are there legally and there is a valid reason for not submitting the application in your country of residence.

You must submit your visa application in person. You will need to be fingerprinted. You may also be called in for an interview at the Embassy of Denmark, Ethiopia after submitting your application.

What should your visa application include?

  • A signed, completed application form
  • A passport or other valid travel document. Your passport/travel document must be valid for at least three months after your planned departure date. Moreover, your passport/travel document must have been issued within the past ten years and must have at least two blank pages
  • A passport photo measuring 35mm x 45mm. The distance from your chin to the top of your head should measure between 30mm and 36mm. The photograph should bear a close resemblance to your current appearance and you should be facing the camera directly.
  • Acknowledgement receipt of Payment made at Bank for visa processing fee. – All fee to be paid in ETB.
  • Relevant documentation, such as information about the reason for the trip, proof that you have available accommodation, proof that you have sufficient means at your disposal to cover your living expenses as well as your travel home. You should also include information that will allow immigration authorities to determine whether you plan to leave the Schengen region when your visa expires
  • Proof that you have travel insurance. The policy must be valid throughout the Schengen region for the entire visa period. Minimum coverage must be €30,000

If your application is missing information or is otherwise incomplete, the Embassy of Denmark, Ethiopia has the right to reject it. Your application will be rejected if:

  • You do not submit a Schengen application form
  • You do not submit a valid travel document
  • You do not submit a passport photo
  • You do not submit fingerprints.
  • You do not pay the processing fee.

If your application is missing other information, the Embassy of Denmark, Ethiopia will accept the application, but you and/or your host in Denmark will be asked to submit the required information. The processing of your application will begin, but the processing time will reflect the fact that it was incomplete at the time of submission.

Please note: The invitation forms contain a list of additional information and documentation to be submitted (depending on the type of visit). If the invitation form is submitted together with all required documentation, no further information will be necessary in most cases. Submitting a complete application will reduce processing times.

Stays in multiple Schengen countries

If you wish to visit multiple Schengen countries, you must submit your application at the diplomatic mission of the country in which the main part of your stay will take place, or in which the main purpose of your visit is.

This means that if the main purpose of your visit is in Denmark, or if you will be spending the majority of your stay in Denmark, then your visa application must be submitted at the nearest Danish diplomatic mission.

If, on the other hand, the main purpose of your visit is in another Schengen country, or if you will be spending the majority of your stay in another Schengen country, then your visa application must be submitted at that country's diplomatic mission.

If you plan to spend an equal amount of time in several Schengen countries, then your visa application must be submitted at the diplomatic mission of the first country you plan to enter.

If you have been granted certain types of residence or re-entry permits in another Schengen country, you do not need a visa to enter Denmark. Read more about residence permit issued by another Schengen country.


A visa to the Schengen countries is valid for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period. Those 90 days may be spread across one or more visits; depending on the number of entries you have been granted.

Read more about duration.

Who makes the decision?

Danish authorities process approximately 100,000 visa applications per year.

About 9 out of 10 visa applications are dealt with within 15 days by the Danish diplomatic missions around the world.

About 10,000 visa applications are sent to the Immigration Service in Denmark for further investigation and processing. This occurs because the diplomatic missions can only decide on visa applications that clearly merit approval. All other decisions, including all refusals, is made by the Immigration Service.

Applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the receiving of an (admissible) application at the Danish embassy. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days e.g. if the application is submitted to the Danish immigration service. Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 days.

Citizens of certain countries or categories of certain citizens are subject to prior consultation in one or more Schengen countries before a visa may be issued. The processing time in these cases will usually be 10-12 days as a minimum.


Danish embassies and consulates occasionally reject visa applications. These decisions can be appealed to the Danish Immigration Service (

Embassies and consulates can also choose to present an application to the Danish Immigration Service. Decisions on these applications will be made by the Danish Immigration Service and rejections can be appealed to the Immigration Appeals Board. Rejection of applications for visa to the Faroe Islands and Greenland decided by the Immigration Service can be appealed to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

Possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry and that the holders of visa are requested to present proof that they fulfil the entry conditions at the external border, as provided for in Article 5 of the Visa Code.

Step 1

Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy of Denmark.

Step 2

Please go to the link “Know your Visa Type” to understand details of visa categories.

Step 3

Please ensure you read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa Application Centre / Embassy of Denmark, Ethiopia.

Step 4

Applications for visas to Denmark are accepted at the Visa Application Centre.Applicants can walk in anytime during the operational hours to submit the Visa application

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