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Short stay visas

Denmark is part of the Schengen Region in Europe and therefore a short stay visa for Denmark is a so-called Schengen Visa. A Schengen visa is issued for the purpose of a short stay (less than 90 days) in Denmark and other Schengen countries. The Schengen visa is strictly a visitor's visa and does NOT give the holder right to reside or work in Denmark.

General information

Processing time is up to 15 days, provided all the required documentation has been submitted.

On April 5, 2010, a new Visa Code (regulation no. 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on Visas) entered into force. For Denmark and all other Schengen member states, this Visa Code is the regulatory framework for visas.

The new regulation imply new demands on the application, meaning that all supporting documents must be handed in along with the Schengen application form.

It is therefore essential that you collect all of the documents mentioned in the checklist (can be downloaded to the right on this web-site) before submitting your application. If supporting documents are not presented promptly within the given deadline, your application may, upon examination, be refused and the visa fee lost. Please note that the requested supporting documents as a general rule are the same at all Schengen Missions in the local area.

As per November 14th 2013 all applicants to the Schengen States are requested to submit biometric data – ten fingerprints – as part of the visa application. The finger scans will be stored in the “Visa Information System” (VIS) for the following 59 months.
You can read more about it on the EU webpage.

NOTE: Two fees must be paid, one for the embassy and one for the Visa Application Centre service fee, please see below.

Online payment mandatory from 1st of July 2019

From the 1st of July 2019, you must fill in your visa application and pay the application fee online using ApplyVisa. After you have applied and paid the visa fee online, you must print and sign the cover letter from ApplyVisa and hand in supporting documents and supply biometrics at the Visa Application Centre bangkok. 

When you reach the webshop, the amount will show in Danish kroner, approximately DKK 450 for the standard fee. The following cards are accepted by our webshop: Visa, Dankort, Master Card, American Express, and JCB.

Family members of EU/EEA nationals

You may be entitled to an accelerated visa procedure free of charge if you meet the following criteria:

  • you are a family member of an European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen; and
  • that EU/EEA citizen  is travelling to or is residing in a member state other than that of which he/she is a citizen; and
  • you are accompanying the EU/EEA citizen or planning to join him/her in the Schengen State of destination.

If you think you are entitled to an accelerated visa procedure you will need to show proof that you meet these criteria when you submit your visa application

How to apply?

Simply follow these 4-steps to apply or go to VFS' website.

Step 1 - Download and print the application form and relevant checklist for your purpose of travel

The checklist will give you a complete overview off all documents you need to submit when applying for a visa.

Step 2 - Collect the required documentation

Fill in the application form and collect the documentation mentioned in the relevant checklist. Make sure to sign the application form.

Step 3 - Register and pay the fee online with ApplyVisa

You need to register and pay the visa fee online using ApplyVisa in order to apply. Visit ApplyVisa to learn more.

Important: After you have applied and paid the visa fee online, you must print and sign the cover letter from ApplyVisa and hand in supporting documents and supply biometrics at the Visa Application Centre in Bangkok.

Step 4 - Submit the application and supply biometrics af VFS

Schedule an appointment at VFS here.

Carefully check that you have collected all supporting documents. Then, arrange the documents according to the order in the "Checklist" and submit the "package" at the Visa Application Centre in Bangkok by appointment only. VFS will also supply biometrics. The visa procedure takes up to 15 calendar days. Failure to submit all relevant documents may result in delays or a refusal of your application.

Please be aware that you cannot submit an application earlier than three months before planned entry to Schengen.

You must pay the VFS service fee when you hand in supporting documents and supply biometrics. The VFS service fee in Thai baht is the equivalent of 10 euros. 

Step 5 - Decision is reached

The Visa Application Centre will contact you when a decision is reached. Please do not contact the embassy while your application is being processed. The embassy will contact you in case something is missing in your application or if further information is required.

When you pick up your passport and decision, please bring:

  1. Application receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre (you received this receipt, when the Visa Application Centre accepted your visa application)

Period of grace:

According to the Community Code on Visas, the Embassy will add a “grace period” to the validity period of your visa. This means that an additional 15 days will be included in the validity period of the visa .

Please note, that validity period and duration of stay is not the same. 

Example: You apply for 10 days in the period 02.03 – 11.03 (10 days). The period of the validity of the visa issued will be 02.03 – 26.03 (25 days). This is not to be confused with the granted duration of stay which is still 10 days.

It is very important, that you carefully read the information sheet "How to read your sticker?". Furthermore, you are responsible for ensuring that the information in the issued sticker is correct. Read more here.

Payment for services

The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

  • children under six years;
  • school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
  • researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries travelling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research ( 1 );
  • representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.
  • holders of diplomatic and service passports;
  • participants aged 25 years or less in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events, organised by non-profit organisations.


The visa fee may be waived for other groups of applicants according to the Visa Code art. 16  - Please contact the Danish Embassy for more information.