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Schengen visa for Denmark

A Schengen visa is issued for the purpose of a short stay (less than 90 days). The Schengen visa is strictly a visitor's visa and does NOT give the holder the right to reside or work in Denmark or any other Schengen country. If you plan to stay for more than 90 days or work you must apply for a residence and work permit instead.

WHO requires a Schengen visa

To determine if you require a Schengen visa, please see the website of the Danish Immigration Service.

Australian and New Zealand citizens are visa-free for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period. The 90 days can be used either for one long stay or several shorter stays. For more information about conditions for visa free travel and maximum stay periods, please see the website of the Danish Immigration Service.

Schengen countries

Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

WHICH Consulate should process your visa application

You must lodge the application for a Schengen visa at the Consulate of the country that you intend to visit, or – if you intend to visit more than one Schengen State, the Consulate of the country of your primary destination (i.e. main purpose of stay or longest stay).

If you intend to visit several Schengen States and the stays will be of equal length, you must apply at the Consulate of the country whose external borders you will cross first when entering the Schengen area.

WHEN to lodge a visa application

A visa application can be lodged no more than three months prior to the intended visit and should be lodged no less than 15 calendar days prior to departure.

WHERE to lodge a visa application

Denmark has outsourced the reception of visa applications in this region to VFS Global.  VFS Global accepts visa applications for Denmark and Iceland by appointment only. They have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Auckland.

All enquiries about lodgement of visa applications and appointments should be made with VFS Global directly.

Australia
Website: www.vfsglobal.com/denmark/australia
Phone: +61 2 8599 6215 email info.jvac-au@vfshelpline.com
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 am to 5 pm
Telephone hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time

New Zealand
Website: www.vfsglobal.com/denmark/newzealand
Phone: +64 9369 5669 email info.dnnz@vfshelpline.com
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 am to 3 pm
Telephone hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Visa applications can also be lodged at the Danish Consulate General in Sydney by prior appointment only. Our current waiting time for an appointment is two weeks.

HOW to lodge a visa application

  • The applicant must appear in person.
  • The applicant must allow for his/her biometric identifiers (ten fingerprints and a photograph) to be collected at the time of lodgement (if not already collected by a Schengen country in the last 59 months, in which case only a well-resembling passport photo is required).
  • The applicant must present either a duly completed and signed hard-copy of the application form OR signed cover letter from the online application form Visa Self Service Denmark (VSS).
  • The applicant must pay the application fee unless exempted. VSS allows the applicant to pay the fee online with a credit card. If payment is made via VSS, please remember to print the receipt and enclose it with the application. The fee can also be paid directly with VFS Global at the time of lodgement. Please contact VFS Global directly for the means of payment.
  • The applicant must present a passport/travel document valid for minimum three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen region, with at least two blank pages and issued within the previous 10 years.
  • The applicant must provide supporting documents in accordance with the purpose of the trip. For the lists of supporting documents based on purpose of the trip, please see here.
  • Valid travel medical insurance (policy plus table of benefits or PDS) - see below for further details. 
  • If the application is lodged with VFS Global the applicant must also pay the appropriate service and courier fee to VFS Global. Please contact VFS Global directly for the means of payment.

Travel medical insurance

The travel medical insurance (TMI) must meet the requirements of the Visa Code article 15:

  • It must be taken out in applicant's country of residence. TMIs from other countries are not accepted. Please be aware that some insurances from Australia and New Zealand must be in effect from the date of departure from AUS/NZ in order to be valid. Please check this with the insurance company.
  • It must cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30 000. This also applies to repatriation of mortal remains in case of death. Please specifically check insurance PDS for details of this as it normally does not appear on the table of benefits. Please do not confuse this with 'Accidental death' which is something quite different! In Australia there is a limited amount of TMIs that meet this criteria but the following Australian insurances do: Covermore,  Go Insurance, Insure4less and Travel Insuranz.

Visa application fee 

The common application fee is EUR 60.

If  the fee is paid online via VSS with a credit card, the credit card will be charged EUR 60. If the fee is paid to VFS Global, it will be charged in local currency which is currently AUD 90/NZD 95. Please contact VFS Global regarding means of payment.

Citizens of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine pay a reduced fee of EUR 35/AUD 50/NZD 55.

Children between 6 and 11 years of age pay a reduced fee of EUR 35/AUD 50/NZD 55.

Some applicants are exempted from paying the fee. The most common categories of applicants who are not charged a fee are:

  • Holders of an Australian or New Zealand Travel Document/Titre de Voyage
  • Children under 6 years of age
  • Family members of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen who will be travelling together with the EU/EEA or Swizz citizen to Denmark or Iceland. Please note: this fee exemption does not apply to family members of a Danish citizen travelling to Denmark.
  • Holders of diplomatic passports or service passports, irrespective of the purpose of the journey.

The application fee is non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of your visa application.

Service fee

VFS Global charges a service fee of AUD 45/NZD 47.50 and if applicable also a courier fee. Please contact VFS Global for further information and for the means of payment.

The service and courier fees are non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of your visa application.

Processing time

Please see information on processing times here.

How to read the visa sticker

Please see the website of the EU Commission.

FAQ

Q: When I apply for the visa, how many 'entries' do I need - one, two or multiple?

A: The 'entries' are understood to be entries into the Schengen region NOT counting the crossing of internal borders within the region. For a map of the Schengen region please see the website of the EU Commission.

Example 1: You enter the Schengen region via Denmark and you travel from Denmark to Germany, France and Italy and leave the Schengen region from Italy. The required number of entries is one. The internal border crossings between Denmark, Germany, France and Italy are not counted because you are staying inside the region.

Example 2: You enter the Schengen region via Denmark. Then you travel from Denmark on a cruise to Sweden, Norway, Russia (outside the Schengen region) and then back to Norway and Denmark. The required number of entries is two - one when you enter the Schengen region on your arrival into Denmark and a second entry when the cruise returns to Norway from Russia. 

Example 3: You enter the Schengen region via Denmark. Then you travel from Denmark on a cruise to Sweden, Norway, Russia (outside the Schengen region) and then back to Norway and Denmark. Then you go to England (outside the Schengen region) and from there take the train to France to continue your trip in France, Spain and Italy. The required number of entries is multiple - one when you enter the Schengen region on your arrival into Denmark, a second entry when the cruise returns to Norway from Russia and a third entry when entering France from the UK.

Q: I am only going to Denmark for two weeks. Will my visa be valid for longer than the two weeks?

A: Not normally. Unless you have previously been granted several Schengen visas and proven that you abide by the Schengen rules and pose no risk of illegal immigration, the visa will only be issued for the length of your planned stay.

Q: I know I will be travelling to the Schengen region frequently in the next year or more. How do I apply for a multiple entry visa?

A: Visa applicants who have previously been granted several Schengen visas and proven that they abide by the Schengen rules and pose no risk of illegal immigration can apply for a multiple entry visa with validity of 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years or a maximum of 5 years if they can document that they will be visiting the Schengen region frequently in the near future. In this case the applicant should state the 'date of arrival' as the actual date of arrival of the first trip, the 'date of departure' as the date they want the visa to be valid until (6 months, 1 year etc. from the date of arrival), the number of entries as 'multiple' and the 'duration of stay' as '90 days'.

Please note that the visa can only be issued until maximum three months before the expiry of your passport or your resident return visa to Australia or New Zealand whichever comes first and for a maximum of 5 years.

Further FAQs can be found here.

 

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Contact

VFS Global

Danish Visa Application Centre

 

Australia

 

Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane

 

Phone: +61 2 8599 6215
Email: info.jvac-au@vfshelpline.com
Opening hours:
Mon – Fri 9 am to 5 pm
Telephone hours:
Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm      Australian Eastern Daylight Time

  

New Zealand

 

Location: Auckland


Phone: +64 9369 5669
Email info.dnnz@vfshelpline.com
Opening hours:
Mon – Fri 9 am to 3 pm
Telephone hours:
Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.