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Applying For Short-stay Visa

How to apply for a short-stay visa

General information

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 regulations imply new demands on the application, meaning that all supporting documents must be handed in along with the Schengen application form. At the same time the visa fee must be paid along with the additional fee to VFS.

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.

Processing time is 15 days from when your application is received by the Danish Embassy. If the Embassy assesses the documents are in order, a decision can be made within a few days**.  If further documentation and/or assessment are/is required, the processing time may take more than 15 days.

** For some nationals, a security check is required and may take up to 10 days for the processing to be completed see Annexe 16

NOTE: New rules regarding storage of applicants' biometric data. Read more here.

NOTE: 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.

How to apply?

Simply follow this 4-step application plan to:

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

The checklist will give you a complete overview of 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.

Here you can find a filled in sample.

Step 3 - Submit the application

Carefully check that you have collected all supporting documentation. Then, arrange the documents according to the order in the "Checklist" and book an online appointment with VFS in order to submit the "package". The visa procedure takes up to 15 calendar days. In some cases the deadline of 15 calendar days can be extended to 30 calendar days and in exceptional cases up to 60 calendar days. Failing to submit all relevant documentation may result in unnecessary delays or rejection. Please be aware that you cannot submit an application earlier than three months before planned entry to Schengen.

Step 4 - Decision is reached

The Visa Application Centre or the Embassy will contact you when a decision is reached. Within the first five working days there is no reason to contact us. We will contact you in case something is missing in your application or if further information is required.

When you pick up your visa, please bring:

  1. Application receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre or the Embassy (you received this receipt, when the Visa Application Centre or Embassy accepted your visa application)
  2. Confirmed flight ticket (only if specially requested beforehand by the visa officer)

Period of grace:

According to the 2010 visa regulations for all Schengens countries, The Embassy will always add a “grace period” to your validity period of your visa. This means that we will add 15 days to your visas validity beyond what is mentioned on your invitation and/or dispatch letter.

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

To exemplify, if you in your application form applied for a 10 days visa, The Embassy will always give you 15 days of grace, in total 25 days. But the effective period of stay will still be as you applied; 10 days.

Therefore it is utmost important, that you carefully read the information sheet "how to read your sticker?".

Other information

Upon entry in Schengen the immigration/passport control is entitled to require proof of travel medical insurance as well as other supporting documents for the application. If supporting documents are not presented upon examination, your application may be refused and the visa fee lost. Travellers are therefore advised to bring all documents when travelling to Schengen.