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Schengen visa to Denmark and Iceland

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Here you can find more information about Schengen visa for Denmark and Iceland



Denmark, Iceland, Greenland and Faroe Island.

In order to travel, South African citizens need a Schengen visa which gives permission to travel in and around any of the Schengen countries for a shorter period.


A Schengen visa can be granted for a maximum of 90 days within a 180 days period.


When do I apply?

The Embassy recommends that you apply as early as possible but not more than 3 months before the planned departure time. Upon reception of a complete application, the process according to the Schengen Visa Codex rules must not exceed 15 calendar days. However, many applications require prior consultation from other Schengen partners or may have to be referred to the Danish Immigration Service in Copenhagen. This may take several weeks and in some cases up to 12 weeks.  If not all the Schengen-requirements have been met; processing time on individual applications can differ from the abovementioned. For more exact information on processing time please refer to the Danish Immigration Services web site:


Where do I apply?

The applicant applies to the country, which is the main destination of the trip. If a number of Schengen countries are to be visited, application should be submitted to the country where the applicant will spend most time.


Visa applications, residence permits, and work permits for Denmark can be submitted at the Visa Application Centre:

Validity of the Schengen-Visa

Schengen-visa can only be issued for a total of 90 days; should you need to stay in Denmark for a longer period, you must apply for a residence permit. A Schengen visa does not allow the applicant to take up employment, establish a business, trade or profession. However, during visits of less than 3 months you may carry out certain work-related activities without holding a work permit. More information is available on the website of the Danish Immigration Service,

The issue of Schengen visas is discretionary and depends on the examination of each individual case, including purpose of visit and intention to return.

Please note that you must travel within 3 months from the date of issue of the visa.


Misuse of visa

If you remain in Denmark after your visa expires or if you try to use your visa stay to obtain a long-term or permanent residence permit you can be given a penalty period for a period of three to five years. During this period, you will be unable to obtain a Schengen visa to enter Denmark.


Prior consultation:

Under Article 22 of the Visa Code, a Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of visa applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries, or specific categories of such nationals.

When a third country is listed, it means that at least one Member state requires such prior consultation.


Negative decisions:

Please find information about the appeal and complaint procedure at


Family members of an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen

A family member of an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen has the right to have a visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations, if the family member is accompanying or joining the EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen, while the latter is exercising his/her right to free movement in Denmark. Please find more information here:


Required supporting documents:

Important information: Please note that all documents are required at the same time unless other is mentioned or it may cause delay in the process.


The Embassy might ask for other additional documents, other than the above-mentioned if necessary. Please apply in good time before intended date of travel (at least three weeks prior to departure.


Pretoria, Cape Town & Durban


Call Centre: 012 425 3001