Visa Requirements for Danish Citizens
First, let's clarify what the term in the title means. Visa requirements for Danish citizens are the set rules and conditions applicable to Danish passport holders upon traveling abroad.
The pre-established requirements differ depending on which country you are traveling to as a Danish citizen.
However, Danish citizens have significant travel liberty. Over 180 countries allow travelers from Denmark to visit either without a visa or get their visa after arrival.
Dozens of countries which permit Danish citizens to travel with no visa for a short period of time (between 14 and 365 days, usually 90 days) usually do not require tourists to obtain a visa through an Embassy or an electronic system.
Furthermore, numerous countries offer an eVisa system for Danish passport holders to use. eVisas are the easiest travel permits to obtain since the whole process can be completed online upon following a few simple steps.
The approved document then arrives directly at the applicant’s email address in the form of a PDF file.
Danish citizens are also eligible for a visa on arrival in certain countries. The disadvantage of waiting until arrival is that you are required to stand in line and wait at the border, which can take some time.
However, a number of destinations still require Danish citizens to have an Embassy visa. Traditional travel permits are obtainable upon visiting an Embassy yourself and going through the regular visa application process.
Read on to learn more about each visa type available for Danish citizens to travel with!
Electronic visa for Danish passport holders
An eVisa allows Danish citizens to travel abroad for a short period of time. More than 30 countries around the world have an eVisa option available for Danish citizens.
They can apply for their visas online, without needing to apply at an Embassy. This way of applying for a visa is quicker and easier.
List of countries that offer eVisas for Danish citizens
- Ivory Coast
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- Saudi Arabia
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
Many of these travel permits allow their holders to take on stays anywhere from two weeks up to 90 days with each entry.
Generally, Danish travelers using eVisas may visit a selected country for purposes of leisure, family visits, work, and transit. This means that you can go on vacation, visit your friends and relatives, go on a business trip, attend a conference, seminar, or simply transit through a selected destination.
Visa on Arrival
A Danish citizen can now travel to many countries without applying for a visa in advance. A visa on arrival is another kind of visa that can be granted to a foreign national without the need for an application process.
List of countries that offer a Visa on Arrival for Danish citizens
- Burkina Faso
- Iraqi Kurdistan
- The Maldives
- Papua New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
Obtaining a visa on arrival is a possibility for travelers who are entering a country and have not applied for a visa in advance. They are usually issued at international airports or other common border crossings, including land borders.
There are nearly 40 countries that offer this privilege to citizens of Denmark. A Danish citizen may enjoy the privilege of being able to get a visa on arrival in Egypt, Maldives, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, just to name a few.
The requirements for obtaining a visa on arrival vary from country to country and it is a good idea to check with your local Embassy or Consulate to get up-to-date information on the specific country's requirements.
Some of the requirements for a visa on arrival are as follows:
- You must have a valid passport or travel ID and a return ticket home.
- You should also have a hotel reservation with contact information or address and the number of days you plan to stay.
- Proof of health insurance in the form of a letter from your insurer.
- Make sure you have the correct amount of money for the purpose of your travel.
It is recommended that you check the visa requirements and confirm with the Embassy or Consulate before booking your flights.
Please note! Many of the Visa on Arrival countries also have an eVisa system in place. Check if the destination you’ve selected offers an online visa option since traveling with a visa already in hand is much safer!
Apply for an eVisa to omit the long VoA waiting lines and stress connected with uncertainty of obtaining your travel permit the very last minute.
Some countries require Danish citizens to apply for their visa in advance at the Embassy or Consulate. Embassy visas are regular travel permits that usually come in the form of a stamp in the traveler’s passport.
Unfortunately, traditional visas have more complicated application processes and longer processing times than VoAs or eVisas.
List of countries that require Danish citizens to present a valid Embassy visa upon arrival
- The Central African Republic
- The Republic of the Congo
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- North Korea
An Embassy visa can be issued for different authorized periods of stay and for different purposes, such as work, study, tourism, transit, or business. Several countries allow Danish citizens to apply for a visa through their Embassy, including China and most African countries.
The process for applying for an Embassy visa:
- you must make an appointment to apply for a visa at the Embassy of the destination country in the Kingdom of Denmark (if there is no Embassy, you can apply at the Consulate)
- during the visa application process at the Embassy (or Consulate), you will have to answer some standard questions about your trip
- you will need to fill in an Embassy visa application form
- you will need to provide different documents depending on the type of visa you’re applying for
- next, cover the fees
- wait for approval
We recommend that you contact the necessary authorities a few weeks before your departure date, as the visa application process can take up to 2-3 weeks or longer.
There are many countries that offer visa exemptions for travelers and tourists with Danish passport. This means that Danish passport holders will not need a visa to enter the country.
List of visa-free countries for Danish citizens
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cape Verde
- Costa Rica
- The Czech Republic
- The Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- The Marshall Islands
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
- Palestinian Territory
- The Philippines
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- The Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- The United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
These visas are only available to people traveling for tourism or personal reasons and cannot be used for employment purposes. Danish citizens can travel to more than 100 countries worldwide without a visa!
Although this may seem the easiest way to travel, it is important to note that visa-free travel is not always smooth. You may still face some checks in some countries even if you are traveling visa-free.
You will usually have to answer some questions during the immigration process. What is your purpose of arrival? How long do you plan to stay? If you are traveling on business, what company are you representing?
There are many advantages to traveling without a visa:
- no need to fill in long visa applications
- no additional costs
- no need to plan your trip in advance, as no need to apply for a visa weeks in advance
Please remember! To make sure you don't miss out on any visa requirements for your destination, it is advisable to check them before traveling.