Denmark is notorious for its strict immigration laws, but when it comes to getting a tourist visa, the process is pretty straightforward. As long as you have all the documents required by the Danish embassy in your country, and you can explain what you intend to do during your trip (e.g. your trip itinerary), chances are that your short-term visa application will be approved. In fact, head of the Visa and Consular Service of the Royal Danish Embassy in China, Anja Pedersen, estimates that 99% of applicants are able to get their visa.
If you’re been wanting to visit Denmark but been putting it off since you don’t feel like going through the usual rigors that go along with visa processing, here are some quick facts about short-term visa applications in Denmark that might change your mind.
Check whether you even need a visa, because you might not even need one. A complete list of countries whose citizens are required to get a visa to Denmark is available here. You also do not need to get a new visa for your visit to Denmark if you still have a valid Schengen visa granted to you by another Schengen country. This list of Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
If you’ve been to a Schengen country before, but your visa is no longer valid, you may save yourself the effort of going to the visa center to apply and simply have a travel agency renew your visa for you. However, first time visitors are required to make a personal appearance at the visa centers.
Short-term visa processing typically takes only a few days, with most applicants getting a decision in less than 15 days.