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Who needs a visa and which Schengen visa to apply for?



You need a visa for Denmark for business, personal visits or tourism if you are:

  • not a citizen of a Nordic country 
  • not a citizen of an EU/EAA country 
  • a citizen of a country listed on this page


Which Schengen country to apply to
The validity of a short stay visa is maximum 90 days within a six-month period. Those 90 days may be spread across one or more visits.

If you want to visit several Schengen countries, apply at the Visa Application Centre for the Schengen country of your main destination, or the country where you intend to stay for the longest period of time. E.g. you want to go to Denmark for 2 days, but you also need to visit Germany for 5 days. Then you should lodge your application at the German Visa Application Centre.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, but do not have a main destination, you should apply at the Visa Application Centre of the Schengen country of your first port of entry. E.g. you want to go to Denmark for 3 days and to Germany for 3 days, and you will be travelling via Frankfurt, then you should apply at the German Visa Application Centre.

A short term visa does not allow you to work in Denmark. Should you need to stay in Denmark for a longer period than the 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit.


Multiple or single entry?

A single entry visa means that you can visit the whole Schengen area in one single trip. Although the visa says single entry, you are allowed to visit different Schengen countries on your visit, as long as you do not exit the Schengen area. Single entry visas will always be issued for a specific amount of days.

A multiple entry visa means that you are allowed to exit the Schengen area for a non-Schengen country (e.g. Estonia), and come back to the area.
Multiple entry visas can be issued for a specific amount of days (for example if you are cruising in and out of the Schengen area), or they can be issued with a validity of 90 days over a 6 months period, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years or 5 years.

Unsure about whether a country is part of Schengen? Check the list here


Longer term visa

Longer term - 1 to 5 years - multiple entry visas are generally not granted unless requested. However, if you have already been issued with one or more Schengen visas, it is a possibility.

If you want to apply for a longer term visa, you must fill in the necessary fields on the application form (24 and 25), as well as submit a motivation letter requesting and motivating the longer term visa.  

Please note that you may only stay 90 days in Schengen within a 6 months period, therefore, if you have already been issued with a Schengen visa within the last 6 months period, the new visa will reflect the 90 days minus the days you have already used.

Please note, the following regulations always apply as per the Visa Code Handbook:

  • When a multiple entry visa is issued with a period of validity between 6 months and 5 years, the duration of authorised stay is always 90days per 180 days-period. This also applies in cases where the visa is issued for the purpose of transit.
  • If a multiple-entry visa is applied for, the travel document must be valid three months after the last intended date of departure.
  • A holder of a multiple-entry visa may apply for a new visa before the expiry of the validity of the visa currently held. However, the validity of the new visa must complement the current visa, i.e. a person cannot hold two uniform visas valid for the same period in time.
Embassy of Denmark

iParioli Office Park, Block B2
1166 Park Street
Hatfield 0083

Phone +27 (0) 12 430 9340

Visa Enquiries

Danish Consulate General, Dubai
Umm Suqueim 2,
Al Thanya rd, Al Beteel Street,
Villa 208, P.O. Box 2988

Open Sunday to Thursday
Tel: +971 4 526 8700
Visa section:
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