HOW TO APPLY
Short term visa
Do I need a visa? Check here.
General information about visa rules can be found on newtodenmark.dk.
Denmark is part of the Schengen area. This means that you apply for a Schengen visa. You must apply for a visa to the country of your main destination, that is, the Schengen country where you will spend most days. If you spend an equal amount of time in two or more countries, you must apply for a visa to the country of your first entrance into the Schengen area. If you are travelling to the Schengen area several times within a period of two months, you have to apply to the country of your main destination. The main destination is either where you intend to spend the longest time or where the main purpose of the intended visit is carried out. You will find more information about the Schengen visa rules here.
You are only allowed to stay in the Schengen area on a visitor’s visa for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. To calculate your stay in the Schengen area, you can use the Schengen Visa Calculator.
Please note that in Denmark you are not allowed to take up residence or work on a Schengen visa. If you plan to work or stay longer than 90 days in Denmark, you need to apply for a residence and/or work permit here
We recommend that you apply for a visa well in advance of your intended entry into the Schengen area. That said, please note that an application for a Schengen visa can be handed in no earlier than six months prior to the intended entry into the Schengen area. For seafarers in the performance of their duties, a nine months rule apply.
As a rule, applications should at the latest be handed in 15 days prior to the intended entry into the Schengen area. Please note that late submission could lead to a decision on the application being taken after the intended date of departure.
Going to Greenland and/or the Faroe Islands?
If you are seeking to obtain a visa to enter Greenland or the Faroe Islands, as well as a Schengen visa, you only need to submit a single application. Please inform the VFS staff receiving your application about your intention to travel to Greenland and/or the Faroe Islands, when handing in your application.. Read more about visa to Greenland and the Faroe Islands here.
Multiple or single entry?
A single entry visa means that you can visit the whole Schengen area in one single trip. On a single entry visa, you can visit several Schengen states as long as you do not exit the Schengen area. Single entry visas will always be issued for a specific amount of days. A multiple entry visa allows you to travel in and out of the Schengen area.
Apply and pay online
Go to the online visa application system ApplyVisa. Here you will have to:
- register as a user,
- fill in the application,
- pay the visa fee
- print and sign the cover letter
Please have your passport and credit card ready when applying and paying.
Gather your documents
Please gather the relevant documents provided in the document checklist
Please note that for some applications you will need an invitation from your host in Denmark. Visit this page to find different types of invitations. Note that the invitation forms referred to in the link are not mandatory for the host to use.
Finalise your application in person
When applying online, you will be asked to select a Visa Application Centre where you will hand in your signed cover letter from ApplyVisa, supporting documents, passport and have your biometrics captured. Please note that the supporting documents and your passport will be kept with your application during the case processing time and only handed back, once a decision on your application has been made.
Your fingerprints will be collected, when applying for a visa. However, where fingerprints have been collected as part of an earlier application less than 59 months before the date of the new application, you do not have to provide your fingerprints.
Note that besides the visa fee there is a service fee when you hand in your application at the Visa Application Centre.
The Danish mission may ask for further documentation after you have handed in your application, documentation, and biometrics.
The Danish mission has 15 days to make a decision on your visa application from the date the mission receives your passport, application and biometrics. In some cases, the processing time can be extended to 45 days, when further case processing is needed.
For information on how to track your visa application see here
Long term visa
Step 1: Before you apply
If you want to work, study, seek family reunification, or stay in Denmark longer than 90 days, you should apply for a residence permit.
You apply for a residence permit through either the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
To read more about the different kinds of residence permits, which one to apply for, and how to apply, go to the Danish Immigration Service and The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)’s website.
Step 2: Documentation and biometrics
Once you have submitted your application and paid the fee to either the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), you will receive a case order ID. Make sure to hand in the case order ID along with the required documentation and your biometrics.
If you should only supply your biometrics as your application is already submitted to the relevant authority in Denmark, you must bring a copy of the confirmation letter (with your unique case order ID) stating that the application has been submitted online along with your passport. Please note that it is a requirement that the Danish mission receives your passport for validation. You can request the Danish mission to have your passport returned if you need it before your case has been processed.
The Danish mission may ask for further documentation on behalf of the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) as well as request a personal interview at the Danish mission or at the Visa Application Centre (VFS) after you have handed in your application, documentation, and biometrics.
Step 3: Fee
The fee to either the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration does not include the services provided by the Danish mission.
You can read more about payment for services provided by the Danish Foreign Service here
Please note that besides the fee to the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) and the embassy fee, there is an additional service fee when you hand in your application at the VFS Visa Application Centre. VFS service fee is 8515 FCFA.
Step 4: Handling time
Processing time at the Danish Immigration Service or The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) varies according to the type of residence permit applied for:
Step 5: Decision
Once the Danish Immigration Service or The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has reached a decision in your case, the Danish mission will notify you.