What is the Red Carpet Program?
The Red Carpet Program introduces simplified procedures for obtaining Danish Schengen visas for applicants who travel regularly to Denmark for business purposes. The aim is to assist those companies, organisations, NGO’s etc. that have business relations with a Danish company or organisation.
The Red Carpet Program is open to private and public companies or organisations provided they meet the requirements mentioned on the local Danish embassy’s website. The accreditation of a company or organization must have taken place before an employee/associate can benefit from the Red Carpet Program.
Who can be enrolled in the Red Carpet Program?
The following are examples of entities that may be offered an accreditation:*
• Well-established local subsidiaries of Danish companies
• Well-established local companies with a subsidiary in Denmark
• Companies that regularly sends employees to Denmark
• A local company with an exclusive partnership with a Danish company
• A local company whose employees need to travel frequently to Denmark for business
• Local companies with an interest in investing in Denmark
• Local institutions (NGO’s, travel agencies etc.) which cooperate closely with similar Danish institutions
* The Danish Mission alone decides whether or not a company qualifies.
What does the Red Carpet Program offer?
The RCP offers the following benefits for applicants that are included in the program:
• Decision within three working days.*
• Reduced documentation requirements**
• No need to apply in person.
• No need for appointment.
• Multiple-entry visas (minimum one year).
* Citizens of certain countries or categories of certain citizens are subject to prior consultation in one or more Schengen countries before a visa may be issued. The processing time in these cases will usually be 10-12 days
** More documentation may always be required if needed for the case processing
Note: Applicants without an agreement will still be processed within 15 days.
How to be accredited?
The accreditation approval is handled and decided by the local Danish Mission. The local Mission will hand out an agreement form to be filled out by the company.
The company/organisation must inform of the following:
- Contact information, address, web etc.
- Point of contact
- Registration no.
- Date of establishment
- Number of employees
- Corporate form/legal structure
- Annual report available (Yes/No)
- Turnover (the last two years)
Business partner in Denmark
- Contact information, address, web etc.
- Point of contact:
- Description of partnership
- Duration of business relation
- The business partner in Denmark must forward a confirmation letter to the Danish Mission.
How to apply
In order to apply for enrolment in the Fast Track business visa program you need to obtain the necessary forms.
Please email a request for an agreement form by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating name of the company or organisation you represent and the name of the Danish company or organisation you do business with.
Before applying please read the Red Carpet Program – General Terms on this web site.
You will receive a return email with the agreement form and a list of documentation required for the Red Carpet application to be processed.
Submitting forms and documents
The agreement form and annexes must be filled in and returned along with the supplementary documentation.
Your application can be emailed, sent by post or handed in during normal opening hours at the reception.
When a decision is reached
The Embassy will reach a decision within two weeks. A representative from your company or organisation may be called to the Embassy for an interview.
- If you are approved to be enrolled in the Red Carpet Program an agreement is signed by both parties and further information regarding visa application procedures is forwarded to you.
- If you are not approved you will receive a letter from the embassy informing you of this.
Please note, that this decision does not affect in any way eligibility for applying for and obtaining a Schengen visa following standard visa application procedures.
Terms and conditions:
Schengen visa regulations remain in force and continue to apply also under the Red Carpet Program
the main destination must always be Denmark
The accreditation of a company/organisation must be completed, before an employee/associate can make use of the Red Carpet benefits.
All applicants are always assessed individually, and the Danish mission has the right to request further information or additional documentation and to ask for personal appearance.
When biometrics (fingerprints) are added to the visa procedure (date not yet fixed), all applicants must apply in person at least every 5 years to have their biometrics recorded.
The company must inform the mission if the conditions of the company or other entity change significantly during the contractual term – in particular if conditions of eligibility no longer exist due to e.g. bankruptcy, full or partial dissolution of the entity, or a merger that significantly alters the purpose of the entity which was the basis for the initial RCP contract.
Below you will find examples of behavior which will result in sanctions against the participating company and result in cancellation of the contract.
In addition the company will be barred from entering a new contract for a minimum of three years. In severe cases the entity will be barred completely without future possibility of joining the program.
The mission will inform the local Schengen missions about the black listing of the entity and the reasons for taking this decision.
If during the contract term it becomes apparent that the entity provided false or incorrect information in connection when signing the contract.
Misuse of a visa would be, if an applicant uses the stay to seek asylum, fails to exit in accordance with the issued visa or applies for a residence permit in an area covered by the “karens rules” of the Aliens Act § 4 c (waiting period barring a person from entering Denmark for up to 5 years).
It would be considered as abuse if the applicant works without the necessary authorization during his/her stay.
Further it will be considered as abuse if the visa is used for a purpose other than the one stated in the application, e.g. if a visa has been granted for a business visit, and the applicant's primary purpose is actually to travel on tourist or private visit.
Failure to obtain accreditation does not influence the possibility of achieving a Schengen visa under standard application procedures
There is no appeal if accreditation is not granted