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When to Lodge a Visa Application, Processing Time and Fee

When to lodge an application, processing time, submission to Danish Immigration Service and fee

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Standard Procedure

When you want to travel to the Schengen area, it is important that you apply in good time.
Applications can be submitted 3 month before departure at the earliest, and latest 15. days before departure.

According to the Schengen Visa Codex, the processing time of a visa is 15 calendar days (incl. weekend and public holidays), counted from when the Embassy receives the application, which is typically the day after. However, if you apply on a Friday, the Embassy will not receive your application until the following Monday.

If you apply in Durban and Cape Town, the process will take 2 additional days, as the passport must be couried to and from Pretoria.

Late Application

Sometimes, applicants are unable to lodge an application within the prescribed time frame. The VFS will not accept a late application, unless, the applicant has a written permission from the Embassy. As a general rule, the Embassy does not allow applicants to lodge late applicants in peak season (April-August), unless there are serious reasons for not lodging on time. In low season, the Embassy will some times allow late applications (within reason), however, in order for the visa section to expedite the processing, all required documentation must be submitted, and the applicant will most often receive the visa, on the day of their departure. Applicants can send an email to and ask for permission to lodge a late application.

There are no gurantees, and the Embassy cannot be held liable for any loss in connection with unrefundable tickets. Only once, will an applicant be granted permission to lodge a late application.

Submission to the Danish Immigration Service and Schengen Consultation

In some cases, the Embassy is obliged to sumbit the application to the Danish Immigration Service (DIS). This applies to applications in which a minor is travelling alone or with one parent/guardian only.

Schengen Consultation
Some nationals are subject to prior consultation in one of more Schengen countries, before a visa can be issued. The consultation takes around 8-10 days. Please see the list of countries.

Some applicants will need further processing by the Danish Immigration Service. In these instances, the application process may take considerably longer - up to 30-60 days. Therefore, it is advisable to apply in good time (3 months prior to your travel) just to make sure that you application has been finalised before you are scheduled to travel.

The Embassy always recommends that your flight and accommodation bookings are only provisional, as we cannot guarantee that your visa will be ready within the 15 days, if your application is subject to submission to DIS.

Visa Fee

The fee for applying for a visa can be found here. Please note that there is an extra service fee added when applying through VFS. Please see the fee structure for VFS here.


Schengen Entry

Holders of a Schengen visa are still subject to immigration control, and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries, even though they may hold a valid visa for these countries.

The possession of a visa is only one of the prerequisites for entry into the territory of the Schengen state. Should the Schengen State‚Äôs border authority refuse entry, no claim to reimbursement of the visa can be submitted. The border police at your Schengen destination may request the presentation of sufficient funds, a letter of invitation, hotel reservation and proof of travel medical insurance. Failure to present said funds/documents may result in entry being refused.


Embassy of Denmark

iParioli Office Park, Block B2
1166 Park Street
Hatfield 0083

Phone +27 (0) 12 430 9340
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