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Denmark - Visas

Denmark has visa policies that tend to be foreigner friendly. This means that expats from various countries will find that they don't need to apply for a visa in order to enter this country. For nationals of some other countries, an entry visa along with residence permit and work permit are needed to live and work in Denmark on a permanent basis.

The Kingdom of Denmark is part of the Schengen Area, so there is a list of countries whose residents may enter the country only if they already have a valid visa to enter Schengen countries. Citizens of the European Union, the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand can enter Denmark freely without a visa. Those who are coming to this country as employees, interns, students, on a working holiday or as an au pair must know that a visa alone is not enough. They usually need to get residence and work permits.

Residence and work permits

Many people are free to live and work in Denmark without needing to apply for work and residence permits, including citizens of European Union and European Economic Area states, Nordic citizens and citizens of Switzerland. However, all those who plan to stay in Denmark for more than three months need to register with the authorities and acquire an identification number, the CPR number. If you don’t have a CPR number it is impossible to open a bank account, register with a doctor or get help from public authorities. It is even hard to buy a mobile phone.

Expats who don't come from one of the mentioned countries must apply for a residence and work permit. It is important to know that granting residence and work permits is not automatic and it largely depends on specific labour market conditions. To apply for these permits, expats need to have a specific written job offer which defines employment conditions and salary. Even with these documents, some may not acquire the residence and work permit if their prospective role can be filled by available workers in Denmark. In addition to general residence and work permits, there are numerous special schemes that can help expats in particular sectors to live and work in Denmark, such as those with specialist skills, Master’s degrees or PhDs from Danish universities.

Visa requirements

Foreign nationals who need a visa to enter Denmark and who plan to stay in Denmark for more than 3 months have to apply for a residence permit before arriving in Denmark. It is crucial to know that if expats apply for a visa and residence permit at the same time, their visa will be turned down. Those who have been granted certain types of residence or re-entry permits in a different Schengen country do not need a visa to enter Denmark. These types of residence permits are not valid if entering the Faroe Islands or Greenland.


To enter Denmark, everyone needs to have a passport which is valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years, except EU nationals who are holders of passports or national ID cards which are valid for the duration of the stay.

EU nationals who travel from one border-free Schengen country to another are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still good to travel with a passport or ID card to make sure you can prove your identity if needed. Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Romania, Cyprus and the United Kingdom are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required when travelling from or to these countries. Citizens of the European Union are not required to have a return ticket or show sufficient funds.


Nationals referred to above are not required to have a visa to stay in the country for up to three months. EU nationals who wish to stay longer than three months have to apply to the Regional State Administration for a registration certificate. Other nationals are required to contact the embassy to find out about visa requirements for Denmark.


Short-stay Schengen visas cost €60 (£48). The normal Schengen visa is not valid when travelling to the Faroe Islands or Greenland. To visit these parts of Denmark, those who need a visa have to apply for a Schengen visa from a Danish mission with the wording "Valid for the Faroe Islands" or "Valid for Greenland" on the visa.


Those who travel on a Schengen visa have to travel within three months from the date of issue of the visa. It is valid for 90 days within a six-month period.


Visa applications have to be made at a consulate or consular section at an embassy. UK residents who need a visa should apply to VFS Global; this carries an additional £24.05 charge. All visa applicants must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.

Schengen visa applicants are required to prove they have sufficient funds to support their stay.

Working period

Applications for Schengen visas are generally completed within 15 days, but some may take up to 60 days if additional processing is required.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders can extend their visas only in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

Those who bring a pet from another EU country must prove that the animal has a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate. Animals from outside the EU zone are required to have a microchip or tattoo and rabies vaccination certificate, along with a veterinary certificate issued by an authorized veterinarian.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Denmark in the United Kingdom
Telephone: (020) 7333 0200.
Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0900-1630, Fri 0900-1600.

Embassy of Denmark in the United States of America
Telephone: (202) 234 4300.

British Embassy in Denmark
Telephone: (45) 3544 5200.
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

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