Do you need a visa to go to Denmark?

If you are a U.S., U.K., Canadian, Australian, Brazilian or Mexican citizen you will not need a visa for Denmark for short stays (up to 90 days), as these countries are among those with visa-free arrangements with the European Union (EU).

However, it is worth noting that from 2022, citizens will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver before they travel, which can be obtained online and will cost €7 ($7.82). Many other countries also have this arrangement.

Citizens of countries without a visa waiver deal, including China, India, Russia and all African nations, even those who are permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada, or are green card holders, will require a Schengen visa to travel to Denmark. This covers travel in all countries within the Schengen Area of Europe (countries which have abolished border controls between each other). A visa to Denmark normally grants you the right to stay in the entire Schengen region for up to 90 days. 

How to get a visa for Denmark?

Applicants need to fill in a Schengen Visa application form and attend a visa interview. You will also need:

  • Your passport or other form of valid travel document must be valid for three months past the visa expiration date.
  • Your passport or travel document must have been issued within the past 10 years.
  • You must have the necessary means to pay for your stay and return trip. What will be considered as necessary funds will be determined by the Danish diplomatic mission and depends on the length of your stay, and whether you will stay at a hotel or with friends or family. As a general rule, you must have at your disposal approx. DKK 350 per day (approx. US$ 50). If you are staying at a hotel, the amount must be greater, approx. DKK 500 per day (approx. US$ 72).
  • You must hold a travel insurance policy to cover possible expenses in connection with a return for health reasons or death, indispensable medical treatment or acute hospitalisation during your stay. The insurance policy must cover all Schengen countries, and the minimum policy coverage is € 30,000. The insurance policy must be valid for the same period as the visa. The validity of the visa may be shortened if the insurance policy does not cover the entire period.

Source: The Danish Immigration Service

Where do I apply for my visa for Denmark?

You must appear in person and submit your visa application.

You can submit your application in your country of residence. However, 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.

See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ list of Danish diplomatic missions or outsourcing offices where you can hand in your application

If there is no Danish mission or outsourcing offices in the country where you live, the list refers to missions Denmark shares a representation agreement with, e.g. Norway or Sweden. If there is no representation agreement, the list refers to the nearest Danish mission or outsourcing office in the region.

Apply for a short term visa at um.dk

Can I use my Schengen Visa to enter nearby countries?

According to the Schengen rules, the Schengen Visa is generally valid for all the countries in the Schengen Area - meaning you could take the short trip from Copenhagen to Malmo in Sweden without any hassle.

How much does the visa for Denmark cost?

The fees for a type C Schengen visa have increased since February 3rd, 2020:

  • A visa for France now costs €80 ($88).
  • For children aged 6 to 12: €40 ($44)
  • For children under age 6: free

When should you apply for Denmark visa?

Since the implementation of the new Visa Code (February 2020) you can now apply for your Schengen visa, at the earliest, 3 to 6 months prior to the date of your trip and, at the latest, 15 calendar days before your departure date.

It is recommended to start your visa application process 6 weeks before the beginning of your trip.

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.

We are doing our best to provide you the most reliable and updated information possible but rules and regulations concerning visas can be modified at all times by the consulate of your country if circumstances require it. Consequently, we can not be held accountable for these changes. 
Please contact the Danish Embassy to obtain the specific terms and conditions in effect at the moment of the submission of your visa application. 

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

Do I need a visa to visit Denmark?

Denmark is part of the Schengen Area - currently formed by 26 states who do not need a visa for travel between them. Many other countries have visa-free arrangements with the Schengen Area but those who do not will need a Schengen Visa.

Do UK citizens need a visa for Denmark?

UK citizens can travel to any country in the Schengen Area - including Denmark - for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa.

How much does a Denmark visa cost?

The standard Schengen Visa fee is €80 - with those between six and 12 years of age costing €40. Children younger than this can travel for free.