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Going to Denmark (or Iceland) for TOURISM, BUSINESS or VISITS?

Japanese nationals do NOT need visa to travel to Denmark for tourism, business, conferences, short courses or visits under 90 days. Maximum duration of stay in Denmark for all nationals is 90 days. Stay in Denmark over 90 days always requires a residence permit. Work in Denmark always requires a residence permit, including stay under 90 days. The Danish Embassy in Japan issues Schengen visas to Denmark and to Iceland.

Busy season: Make appointment at least 1 month in advance.

Due to a very large number of applicants coming to the Embassy in May, June and July, applicants should expect much longer reply times when booking appointments for applications. When applying during this period, applicants must book application appointments at least 1 month in advance of their desired appointment date. Outside busy season, please apply for an appointment 2 weeks in advance.

Visa application - only at the Danish Embassy in Tokyo.

As of 12 October 2015, applicants need to appear in person at the Danish Embassy in Tokyo for the collection of the biometric data: ten fingerprints and a photograph are collected from persons applying for a visa. Due to the change of rules it is only possible to apply for a visa by personal appearance at the Danish Embassy in Tokyo. Additionally, it is no longer possible to apply for visa to Denmark or Iceland at Danish Honorary Consulates in Japan.

Biometric data:

Biometric data consist of the applicant’s fingerprints and photo. Before the recording of the photo, applicants may be asked to remove glasses or adjust head coverings if they hide facial features.

Certain categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints, including:
- Children under the age of 12
- Persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible
- Heads of State and members of national governments, and members of their official delegations when invited for an official purpose.

The introduction of biometric data is part of the Schengen Visa Information System (VIS). For more information about VIS, fingerprints, data protection and legal background, please see information about the Visa Information System (VIS).

Japanese national travelling to Denmark?

Japanese nationals do not need a visa to travel to Denmark for tourism, business, conferences, short courses or visits for up to 90 days. Find relevant Information for Japanese nationals travelling to Denmark.

Note: The link to "Visa free travel" has moved to this page on the website of the Danish immigration authorities.

Other national travelling to Denmark?

Depending on nationality, travel to Denmark for tourism, business, conferences, short courses or visits may require a visa. Other nationals, click here to find out if you need visa to travel to Denmark

Travelling to Iceland?

The Danish Embassy only issues Schengen visas to Iceland. All inquiries regarding visa free travel and residence permits to Iceland must be directed to the Icelandic Immigration Bureau.

What is a Schengen visa?

A Schengen visa is a sticker which is inserted in the travellers passport. The visa allows the traveller to enter Denmark and the rest of the Schengen area for a specified number of days within a specified period of time. The maximum number of days which can be granted in a Schengen visa is 90 days counted in a period of 180 days.

What does a Schengen visa entitle you to do?

Schengen visas are issued for the purpose of one or more short stays in the Schengen area. The purpose of the entire travel must be something other than work, for example tourism, business, conferences, short courses or visits to familiy and friends.

A Schengen visa may be granted for a shorter or longer period of time and for one or more entries into the Schengen area depending on the purpose of the travel and the documentation presented by the applicant.

A visa never allows you to work, no matter how short the stay is. If you are going to carry out salaried work in Schengen, you must always apply for a work and residence permit. You must apply for a work permit to each individual country where you are going to work.

A visa never allows you to stay for more than 90 days, no matter what the purpose is. If you are going to stay for more than 90 days, you must apply for a  residence permit which allows you to carry out the specific type of activity (for example study or working holiday). You must apply for a residence permit to each individual country where you plan to go.

Please note: Possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry to Schengen. The holder of a visa may be requested to present proof that they fulfil the entry conditions at the external border, as provided for in Article 5 "Entry conditions for third-country nationals" in the Schengen Borders Code.

Further details about the conditions and limitations of a visa can be found in the information sheet for visa holders which is found in this link.

Where should you apply for a Schengen visa?

The visa must be issued by the country of your main destination. This means the country where the primary purpose of your stay takes place. It is usually also the country in which you will be staying for the longest period of time. If you are going to stay for exactly the same amount of days in more than one Schengen country, you must apply to the first country of your longest period of stay in Schengen. For example: For at trip to the Schengen area, planned with 1 day in Denmark, 5 days in Spain and 5 days in Germany, you must apply for a visa to Spain. The Danish Embassy in Tokyo issues Schengen visas for travel where the main destination is Denmark and Iceland.

Further information

For further details about visa application criteria to Denmark, please consult the website of the Danish Immigration Service. Please note you must follow the application procedure found on the Embassy website. For example, the Embassy only receives Visa Self Service applications with a signed cover letter. The manual paper application form mentioned on the website of the Danish immigration authorities cannot be used at the Embassy.

How to apply?

Find the latest updated guidelines how to apply for a Schengen visa at the Danish Embassy in Tokyo here:

Schengen visa application procedure


Regular business travellers to Denmark
If you travel to Denmark on business on a regular basis, you may qualify for the Red Carpet Program which is a fast track visa program. The Red Carpet Program introduces simplified procedures for obtaining Danish Schengen visas for applicants. The aim is to assist those companies, organisations, NGO’s etc. that have business relations with a Danish company or organisation. Click here for more information:
Red Carpet Program