Red Carpet Program

Overview

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

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.

Further information on how to appeal the decision will be included in the individual refusal letter.

What is the Red Carpet Program?

The Red Carpet Program introduces simplified procedures for obtaining Danish Schengen visas for applicants who travel regularly to Denmark for business purposes. The aim is to assist non Danish companies, organizations, NGO’s etc. that have business relations with a Danish company or organisation.*

The Red Carpet Program is open to private and public companies or organizations abroad provided they meet the requirements mentioned on the local Danish embassy’s website. The accreditation of a company or organization must have taken place before an employee/associate can benefit from the Red Carpet Program.

* Prior approval for Danish companies located in Denmark and other Danish organizations wishing to host foreign visitors who require a visa to Denmark please visit Danish Immigration Services web site

For more information about Red Carpet Program, visit this site

Mere possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry into the Schengen region. Holders of a visa can at all times be requested to present proof that they fulfil the entry conditions at the external border, as provided for in Article 5 of the Schengen Borders Code.

Visa Fees

FEE TYPE FEE VALUE IN NZD
Schengen Visa –TYPE C  $ 100
Schengen Visa – TYPE C for children aged 6- 11 years  $ 60
Schengen Visa – TYPE C for children under 6 years $0
Schengen Visa – TYPE C for Nationals of Albania Bosnia-Herzegovina Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Georgia Moldova Montenegro Russian Federation, Serbia Ukraine Kosovo  $ 60
Service Charges [ inclusive of GST] $47.50
Courier Charges [inclusive of GST] $83.00
SMS Service [ inclusive of GST] $3

Documents Required

  • Proof of residence permit or visa for New Zealand valid for at least three months longer than the intended stay in the Schengen territory
  • Invitation from host in Denmark
  • RCP Annex C – Cover letter from local employer
  • Proof of applicant's residential address (eg. copy of driver license, a utility bill, a bank statement or the likes)

For a detailed checklist for Red Carpet Program and Visa Application Form, Click here

Photo Specifications

Photograph Quality

The photographs must be:

  • No more than 6-months old
  • 35-40mm in width
  • Close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70 -80% of the photograph
  • In sharp focus and clear
  • Of high quality with no ink marks or creases

The photographs must:

  • Show you looking directly at the camera
  • Show your skin tones naturally
  • Have appropriate brightness and contrast
  • Be printed on high quality paper, and at high resolution Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.

Style and lighting

The photographs must be:

  • Be colour neutral
  • Show your eyes open and clearly visible-no hair across your eyes
  • Show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
  • Be taken with a plain light-coloured background
  • Be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye

Glasses and head covers

If you wear glasses:

  • the photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames - wear lighter framed glasses if you have them)
  • Make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes.

Head coverings :

  • Are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

Expression and frame

Your photographs must:

  • Show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.

Processing Time

According to the Visa Code the maximum processing time of a bona fide visa application is 15 calendar days. The 15 days are counted from the day when the Danish Consulate General in Sydney receives the application from VFS Global and deems it admissible. The shipment of the application between VFS Global and the Danish Consulate General comes on top of the 15 days. Therefore it is recommended to submit the application with VFS Global a minimum of 3 weeks before the intended date of departure.

If the supporting documentation is incomplete, the applicant will be contacted and given a deadline for providing this documentation. If the deadline is ignored, the application may be refused on the basis of missing documentation.

The processing period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably if further scrutiny of the application is needed or in cases of representation where the authorities of the represented Schengen State are consulted.

Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar 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. See list of these nationalities and categories of persons (annex 16 to the Visa code Handbook).