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 to enter Denmark or Iceland, please see the Danish Immigration Service's website.
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 please see this page on the website of the Danish Immigration Service.
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 Schengen country's Consulate should process your visa application
If the travel destination is one Schengen country, that country's consulate must deal with the application.
If the travel destination includes more than one Schengen country, the application must be dealt with by the consulate of the main destination. The main destination is the destination where the applicant intends to spend the longest time
or where the main purpose of the intended journey is carried out.
If no main destination can be determined because an equal amount of time is spent in each country, the consulate of the Schengen country whose external border the applicant intends to cross first must deal with the application.
WHAT does a visa entitle you to?
A visa normally grants the holder the right to stay in the entire Schengen region.
A visa grants the holder the right to spend a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period in the Schengen region.
Please note: Holders of a Schengen visa are still subject to immigration control and a visa does not guarantee automatic right of entry into the Schengen region. The holder must therefore at all times during the stay in the Schengen region, be able to document its possession of necessary funds to pay for the stay and return trip and that the holder has a valid travel medical insurance policy and/or card. If the holder does not meet these conditions, the visa can be confiscated and revoked, in which case the holder will be required to leave the Schengen region immediately.
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 from their 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. Their details are as below:
Online appointments can be made here
Phone: +61 2 8599 6215 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 am to 5 pm
Telephone hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time
Online appointments can be made here
Auckland: Phone: +64 9369 5669 email email@example.com
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 am to 3 pm
Telephone hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
Visa applications can also still be lodged at the Danish Consulate General in Sydney by prior appointment only. Our current waiting time for an appointment is two weeks. The Danish Consulate General only accepts EFTPOS cards connected to a savings or cheque account as approved means of payment. Cash, cheques and money orders are not accepted as a form of payment.
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 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 enclose colour copies of ALL pages of the passport/travel document including the cover and blank pages.
The applicant must prove to be in possession of an adequate and valid travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during the stay in the Schengen region. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30 000. Please note: the minimum of EUR 30 000 also applies to repatriation of mortal remains in case of death. Please specifically check insurance PDS for details of this. Please also note: a quote is not enough. The applicant must present a TMI policy along with the table of benefits/PDS.
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
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.
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 at the time of lodgement, 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, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia and 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.
For full details on the visa fee and categories of applicants who are exempted from paying the fee, please see 'Executive order on payment of services provided by the Danish foreign service' (link currently unavailable).
The application fee is non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of your visa application.
VFS Global also charges a service and courier fee. Please contact VFS Global for further information and for the means of payment.
Please see information on processing times here.