Applying for a Schengen Visa to Denmark

Visiting Denmark on a Schengen Visa

Denmark, the most southern of the Scandinavian countries, is known for its beautiful capital Copenhagen and its friendly residents. To travel to Denmark for a short trip lasting fewer than 90 days, you will need a Denmark Schengen Visa, as it is part of the Schengen Area of European countries that have abolished border controls between each other.

More information on the Schengen area.

Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Denmark?

If you are traveling to Denmark, you will need a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with the area, or if you have been refused visa-free travel. The usual Denmark Schengen Visa is a short-stay one that can be used for purposes of tourism, business, visiting family or friends, or short study trips. It is only valid for trips lasting up to 90 days.

How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Denmark?

Applicants need to fill in a Schengen Visa application form and attend a visa interview. You will also need two recently taken passport-style photos, a passport or other travel documents that are less than 10 years old and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay.

The Visa Code of Denmark suggests applicants for a Denmark Schengen Visa must be able to prove they have €67.24 per day of their trip. You can do this by showing bank statements, hotel bookings and that your income or investments are enough to support yourself during your stay.

Denmark Visa requirements for a work, business or student visa

You will need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a longer work visa or a short-stay business Schengen Visa - inviting you to Denmark for a business trip or offering you employment.

If you’re applying for a work visa to Denmark, you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet the Denmark Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. You may also be asked to prove your qualifications.

If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns.

Student Visas

In addition to all your basic documents, student visas require proof of enrolment at a Danish institution, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter. You may also be asked to prove your qualifications.

Steps to follow when applying for a Denmark Schengen Visa

Work out which Denmark Schengen Visa type you need based on the purpose of your travel. Collect the required documents for a visa to Denmark. Make a visa appointment with the Denmark Embassy/Consulate or accredited visa application center (VAC) in your home country. Attend the visa interview at the appropriate Danish Embassy/Consulate/VAC. Wait to see if your visa is approved. You should be able to track your application online.

Where do I apply for a Denmark Schengen Visa?

You will need to apply to the Danish embassy or consulate in your country of residence or a visa application center acting on their behalf. The official visa partner of Denmark is VFS Global - so they may act on Denmark’s behalf in your country.

How long does it take for my Denmark Schengen Visa to be processed?

The processing time for a Denmark Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation - but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.

Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?

Those traveling to the Schengen Area, including Denmark, need travel cover, and AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.

Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.


Other Schengen countries you might be interested in

Austria visa

Belgium visa

Czech Republic visa

Denmark visa

Estonia visa

Finland visa

France visa

Germany visa

Greece visa

Hungary visa

Iceland visa

Italy Visa

Latvia visa

Liechtenstein visa

Lithuania visa

Luxembourg visa

Malta visa

Netherlands visa

Norway visa

Poland visa

Portugal visa

Slovakia visa

Slovenia visa

Spain Visa

Sweden visa

Switzerland visa

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Frequently asked questions about getting a Denmark Schengen Visa

Can I extend my Schengen Visa during my stay in Denmark?

Yes you can extend your Denmark short-stay visabut only in exceptional cases or emergencies.

Are there any specific criteria when applying for a Denmark Visa?

Denmark follows the usual criteria of all Schengen countries for issuing Schengen Visas - but may set their own rules when applying for documents required for work visas.

Can I travel to neighboring countries on a Denmark Schengen Visa?

On a short-stay Schengen Visa you can travel throughout the Schengen Area - but you may be restricted on your ability to work or study in other countries if not stipulated in your visa application.