Denmark Schengen visa, requirements, the application


You want to visit Denmark, the happiest nation in the world? There is so much to see, do and enjoy. But you might need a Denmark Schengen visa or tourist to enter the country.

This article explains who needs a Denmark tourist visa, who doesn’t, how to apply, and the requirements.

What can you do with a Denmark Schengen visa?

Under a Denmark Schengen visa, you can only visit the country and the whole area for tourism. You can enjoy the attractions and wonders of this beautiful country.

The tourist visa doesn’t permit you to work or get engaged in any paid activity. You can also use it to visit friends, family members or relatives and spend some time with them. If you have to take part in a meeting, conference, or exhibition, you can use a tourist visa.

Who doesn’t need a Denmark Schengen visa?

Denmark is a member of the Schengen Area and European Union. The same rules of these areas apply in it. If you do not require a visa to enter the EU o Schengen Area, you won’t need a visa to move to Denmark for the short term.

The visa waived countries are as follows:

AndorraBrazilCzech RepublicGuatemalaLiechtenstein
Antigua and BarbudaBrunei DarussalamDominicaHondurasLithuania
Albania*BulgariaEl SalvadorHungaryLuxembourg
AustriaChileFranceIsraelMarshall Islands
BarbadosCosta RicaGermanyJapanMexico


New ZealandPortugalSlovakiaTimor-Leste
North Macedonia*RomaniaSolomon IslandsTrinidad and Tobago
Northern MarianasSamoaSouth KoreaTuvalu
PalauSan MarinoSt. LuciaUAE
PanamaSaint Kitts and NevisSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesUK
USUruguayVanuatuVatican City State

* (citizens with biometric passports are exempt from the visa requirement.

**(Only citizens with a passport issued by Taiwan that contains an identity card number are exempt from the visa requirement. The same applies to citizens with old Taiwanese passports with “The Republic of China” on the front page, if the stated place of birth is Taiwan and the passport contains an identity card number)

The groups who are exempt from the Denmark Schengen visa

Apart from some countries, there are some groups who are exempt from Denmark Schengen visas. If you fall into one of them, you don’t need a visa to visit Denmark for the short term:

  • Individuals with a service, special or diplomatic passport.
  • Have diplomatic and service passports
  • People have a diplomatic passports.
  • Individuals having an official passport
  • People have a passport or are a citizen of the following:
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
    • Região Administrativa Especial de Macau
    • British National Overseas

Who needs a Denmark Schengen visa?

If you are from one of the following countries, you will need a visa to enter Denmark for the short term.

AlgeriaBolivia*ChadEquatorial GuineaGuinea-Bissau
AzerbaijanBurkina FasoCongoEthiopiaIndia*
BahrainBurma (Myanmar)CubaFijiIndonesia
BangladeshBurundiDemocratic Republic of CongoGabonIran
BelizeCameroonDominican RepublicGeorgia***Ivory Coast
BeninCape VerdeEcuadorGhanaJamaica
BhutanCentral African RepublicEgypt*GuineaJordan

* (Citizens with biometric passports are exempt from the visa requirement.

If you have a Schengen visitor visa or can enter an EU country, you don’t need a Denmark Schengen visa.

Kazakhstan****MadagascarNamibiaPhilippines*South Africa
KenyaMalawiNauruQatarSouth Sudan
KosovoMaldivesNepalRussiaSri Lanka
KyrgyzstanMauritaniaNigeriaSao Tomé and PrincipeSuriname
LaosMoldova*North KoreaSaudi ArabiaSyria
LebanonMongoliaNorth MacedoniaSenegalTaiwan
LiberiaMorocco*Pakistan*Sierra LeoneTanzania
LibyaMozambiquePapua New GuineaSomaliaThailand


TurkeyUkraineYemenPassports issued by the Palestinian Authority

*Citizens with biometric passports are exempt from the visa requirement.

Denmark Schengen visa requirements

When you are going to apply for a Denmark tourist visa, you need to gather the requirements or supporting documents. The officials need to ensure that your purpose of the visit is genuine and the documents can prove it.

The requirements can change by your nationality and your case, but the below list is a general one:

Application form 

There is an online application form with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark that you need to complete. You have to include your personal information and then print, date, and sign it. You can also download the PDF file of the Schengen visa application form from here.

The information you write in the form needs to be compatible with your documents. There must not be any inconsistency between them.


Two photos of yourself are needed. They can not be older than three months ago, and your face must cover most part of the photo (70-80%).


It must be valid at the time you apply for a Denmark visa for six months. Also. It needs to hold validity for three months after the date you are going to leave Denmark. Look at the date it was issued. If it’s older than ten years, apply for a new one.


Everyone who wants to enter the Schengen Area needs insurance. So purchase one to cover your expenses for 30.000 EUR. Look at the insurance company’s policy and see if they are valid in the EU or not. Also, see if they have a refund policy or not, just in case the embassy rejects your visa.

Proof of accommodation 

Make it clear where you will stay during your visit to Denmark. You can rent a place in advance or book a hotel and provide the information in your application.

Proof to have enough funds for costs 

Bank statements, bank balance, income from property, or anything to prove you have money to cover your expenses.

Job status 

Submit your employment contract or business registration for your employment status.

Cover letter 

When you complete the online application form in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, there is a cover letter you need to print and sign.

Note; The mentioned supporting documents are not a complete list. You might have to submit further documents at the embassy’s request. It’s up to the country you apply from and your background.

Denmark Schengen visa application

The way you should apply for a Denmark tourist visa is as follows:

Step 1. Determine if you need a Denmark Schengen visa or not

The above section explained that nationalities of a few countries are exempt from the Denmark tourist visa. It means they can visit the country with their passport.

The article provided the list of these countries, and you can see if you are among them or not.

In case you are in visa-waived countries, you won’t need to get a visa. Travel to Denmark and enjoy it. But if you are not, follow the below procedures.

Step 2. Collect the supporting documents

There is a list of requirements or supporting documents you need to submit in your application. You can get familiar with them in the above section. Applicants need to collect all of them and submit them during a visa interview.

Read every line and pay attention to details. If one part is missing or the officials ask for more, your application will take longer. Also, always remember that the Danish embassy could ask for further supporting documents.

Do not forget to print the cover letter from the website as well. There is a section called the ‘My applications’ menu. You can get the letter from this part as well.

In the end, you need to pay the fee for visa processing. The standard amount is DKK 598. You can pay it through the following cards:

  • Visa
  • Dankort
  • Master Card
  • JCB

 Step 3. Visa interview with the Danish embassy or consulate

At this stage, you need to book a meeting with the Danish embassy or consulate in your home country. Visit their website or pay a visit to them in person to find out how you should do it.

Then, you need to get to the visa meeting and bring all the supporting documents you’ve gathered.

There is an interview, and the officials ask about the purpose of your visit. Then pay the fee for visa processing. It depends on the embassy services and the country you apply from.

Step 4. Decision on a tourist visa

It takes some time until the embassy works on your visa and decides to issue one or not.

If they don’t agree, you will receive a visa that explains the reason for your refusal. If the answer is yes, the embassy notifies you to pick up your visa.

Now you can move to Denmark.

Are you allowed to work under a Denmark Schengen visa?

The definite answer is a No. You have no authorization to work in Denmark or any other Schengen Area member with a tourist visa. You have to apply for and receive a work visa and receive a work permit to work in Denmark.

The Danish and Schengen Are members are strict with immigration and visa rules. If you get engaged with a paid activity under a tourist visa in Denmark, there are heavy consequences.

Are you allowed to study under a Denmark Schengen visa?

The answer is up to the duration of your study course. If it takes less than 90 days, you can study on a tourist visa in Denmark. But if it takes even one day longer, you have to apply for a student visa. Even if you study in Denmark under a tourist visa, you need to inform the local officials about it.

How long are you allowed to stay in Denmark?

You may stay in Denmark or the entire Schengen Area for 90 days in six month period, Non longer. If you need to stay longer, you have to apply for another type of visa based on the purpose of your visit or leave the country and reenter.

If you need to leave Denmark and enter the country on a regular basis, you need to mention it in your application. You request a multiple entry visa, and the officials decide to grant it or not.

Let’s sum up…

This article explains everything you need to know about Denmark’s tourist visa, requirements, and the application process.

If you have any questions, write them down in the comment section. The Visa Library team will respond to them right away.

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