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Visa and Residence Permit

The information on this website is a brief introduction to the rules and procedures for visa and residence permit to Denmark. Please read all the information carefully before applying for a visa.

All Chinese nationals are required to obtain a visa before entry into Denmark or other Schengen countries.

The procedures for the visa application to Denmark is subject to the Schengen rules.

A visa issued by Denmark or another Schengen country permits free travel within the Schengen area, if not stated otherwise on the visa.

You can apply for a Schengen-visa in one of the Danish Visa Application Centres in China.

Important notice: (updated 17 of Feb, 2017)

The Royal Danish missions in China hereby announces that visa applications to Denmark and Iceland submitted at the Nanjing and Hangzhou Visa Application Centres as of 19 of February, 2017 will be processed at the Danish Consulate in Guangzhou.

Any questions concerning a specific case submitted in Nanjing or Hangzhou should be directed to the Consulate General in Guangzhou by phone +86 20 2829 7339 or e-mail cangklvisa@um.dk.

No other changes will occur in the visa case processing or subsequent handling of the applications.

At the same time the service fee at the visa application centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou will be adjusted to be the same as in Jinan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Nanjing and Chongqing. The service fee is 26.70 euros.

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Schengen rules

What is a Schengen visa?
In order to control who can enter Denmark and the other Schengen countries, certain nationalities are subjects to visa requirements. The Schengen countries decide cooperatively which nationalities the visa requirements will apply to.

A visa issued by Denmark or another Schengen country permits free travel within the Schengen area, if not stated otherwise on the visa.

The maximum duration of a visa stay is 90 days.

 

Who needs a Schengen visa?
All Chinese nationals are required to obtain a visa before entry into Denmark or other Schengen countries. The type of visa depends on the length and purpose of the stay. For other nationalities, please see the list of nationals who do need a visa to visit Denmark.

If you have been granted certain types of residence or re-entry permits in another Schengen country, you do not need a visa to enter Denmark or other Schengen countries.

If you hold a residence card issued under the EU regulations on free movement, you do not need a visa to enter Denmark. This can be either a credit-card size plastic card or a residence sticker in your passport.

Please note that even if you hold of a Schengen short-term visa you are still subject to immigration control and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries.

 

Schengen visas are issued by:
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.

Where to apply for a Schengen visa

Without prior appointment, applications for visa can be submitted at the Danish Visa Application Centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Jinan, Shenyang, Hangzhou and Nanjing.

With prior appointment only, applications for visa can be submitted at the Danish diplomatic representations in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

 

Visa Application Centres

Find addresses and office hours of the Danish visa centres and representations here.

The visa application centres offer you:

  • A fast and convenient service
  • Daily opening hours from 8:00 – 15:00
  • No or little queuing
  • Copy and photo service available at a fee
  • Advice on how to complete your application and what documents to attach
  • Tracking system, so you will know when your case has been processed
  • The passport can be returned by postal service

All visa applications (including all types of residence and work permits) will be accepted and passed back to the applicant by VFS Global Services Ltd. Please note that all decision making is still made by the Embassy or Consulates.

 

From which Schengen country should my visa be applied

You must apply for a visa from the country of your main destination, that is, the Schengen country where you will spend most days. If you spend an equal amount of time in two or more countries, you must apply for a visa to the country of your first entrance into the Schengen area.

For example: If you plan to have four days of meetings in Denmark followed by two days of meetings in Sweden, you should apply for a visa at one of the Denmark Visa Application Centres. If you are staying four days in Denmark followed by four days in Sweden, you should still apply at the Denmark Visa Application Centres, since Denmark is the first destination in your visit to the Schengen countries. If you spend two days in Denmark and four days in Sweden, however, you must apply for a visa at a Swedish representation.

It must be underlined that deviations from these rules are illegal and will not be tolerated.

 

Official Passports and ordinary passports

Visa application Applicants with official passports (service passports, passports "for public affairs") apply for their visas via the competent department for Foreign Affairs of the Chinese Ministry or Commission. Holders of ordinary passports are in principle required to apply in person.

Diplomatic passports issued by China are visa exempt.

 

Visa for Iceland

The Danish Consulates General in Shanghai and Guangzhou represent Iceland, so visa applications for Iceland can be submitted at the Visa Application Centre in Shanghai or Guangzhou. In Beijing Iceland has an embassy and applications can be submitted directly to the embassy.

 

Visa for Greenland and The Faroe Islands

Visa applications to Greenland and Faroe Islands should be submitted to a Danish Visa Application Centre. Other Embassies in the Schengen cooperation cannot grant you a visa for Greenland or The Faroe Islands.

 

Applicants from Hong Kong

Applicants from Hong Kong may submit their visa application for Denmark at the Finnish Consulate General in Hong Kong, here.

 

Applicants from Mongolia

Applicants from Mongolia may submit their visa application for Denmark at the German Embassy in Ulaanbaatar. This means that the application procedure for a visa to Denmark from Mongolia must be in accordance with German visa regulations and requirements.

Applicants should follow the lists of documentation from the German Embassy and make sure that all necessary documents are enclosed for obtaining a visa to Denmark. For more information, please see the website of the German Embassy in Ulaanbaatar here.

Applicants should be aware that letters of invitation must be legalized in accordance with German law, when applying for a visa to Denmark from the German Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.

Further information on procedure and instructions can be obtained by contacting the German Embassy or the Royal Danish Honorary Consulate in Ulaanbaatar. 

German contact information in Ulaanbaatar:

Tel: +976-11-319739

Email: info@ulan.diplo.de

Website: www.ulan-bator.diplo.de

Office hours for visa applications: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Monday and Wednesday (upon appointment only)

 

Danish contact information in Ulaanbaatar:

Royal Danish Honorary Consulate, Mongolia
Central Tower, 15th floor
2 Sukhbaatar Square, SBD-8
Ulaanbaatar 210620a, Mongolia
Tel: +976 11-312625, +976 77 21 26 25
Fax: +976 11-312175
Email:
Saranchimeg@mcs.mn

Mongolian applicants for residence permits should apply at one of the Danish representations in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chongqing, because the German Embassy in Ulaanbaatar is not authorized to receive these applications on behalf of the Danish authorities.

 

Information about nationals who are subject to prior consultation

For information about nationals who are subject to prior consultation please click here and go to the 'Annex 16'.

How to apply for a Schengen visa

Simply follow this 4-step application plan:

Step 1 – Download or print the Document Checklist. You can find the checklists here in "Application forms for short term visas" and "Information about residence permits - more than 90 days".

The ‘Document Checklist’ will give you a complete overview of all documents and forms you need to submit when applying for a visa

Step 2 – Collect all needed documentation. 

Fill in the relevant application form and collect the documentation mentioned in the relevant document checklist.

The Danish Embassy and the Consulate Generals in China require colour photocopy of the valid passport – but only data page plus pages including visa for USA/UK/Canada/Australia and any Schengen visa including entry/exit stamps (issued in the last 3 years). Thus colour copies of all blank pages of the passport are no longer required. Other supporting documents are still required in colour copies.

Step 3 – Submit the application. 

Carefully check that you have collected all supporting documentation. Then, arrange the documents according to the order in the ‘Document Checklist’ and submit the “package” by personal appearance at the Visa Application Centre. The visa procedure takes app. 5-11 working days. Please be informed that an application submitted can be processed for as long as 3 months.

Applicants should follow the lists of documentation to make sure that all necessary documents are enclosed for obtaining visa. Please pay special attention to any legalised documents required from the lists, as legalisation procedure an take from 2-14 days. Failure to submit documents, which are rquired for the case processing, within 5 days may lead to an rejection of the case. All missing documents must be forwarded together at the same time.

Step 4 – Visa is issued. 

The Visa Application Centre will contact you when your visa is ready. 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: 

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 2010 visa regulations for all Schengen countries, The Danish diplomatic representations 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 your travel insurance will have to cover the effective period of stay, i.e. the time you actually spent in Denmark/Schengen.

Application forms for short term visas

Chinese accredited travel agency (accredited by CNTA and the EU)Uniform Schengen/Denmark Visa Application Form:
Download the application form here (English)
Download the application form here (Danish)
Download the application form here (English/Chinese)

To read more about the most common mistakes read here.

List of fees click here

 

Business Schengen visa:
Applicants who are going on a business trip or participating in a scientific arrangement in Denmark must apply for a business visa. As a general rule you must be able to substantiate (proof) the business or scientific visit by invitations and other supporting documentation

Business visa:
Download the document checklist for business visa below:

PDF  

To read more about the most common mistakes read here

Private Schengen visa:
Applicants visiting family or friends in Denmark must apply for a private Schengen visa. As a general rule you must be able to substantiate (proof) the family or friend relation.

Private/Family visa:
Download the document checklist for private visa below: 

PDF    

To read more about the most common mistakes read here

Culture/Sport Events visa:
Applicants who are participating in culture or sport events must apply for a culture/sport events visa.

Culture/Sport Events visa:
Download the document checklist for culture and sport events visa below:

PDF  

To read more about the most common mistakes read here

Individual Tourism Schengen visa:
Applicants planning their own tourist trip to Denmark (not a part of an ADS group) must apply for an individual tourism visa.

Individual Tourism visa (FIT):
Download the document checklist for Individual Tourism visa below:  

PDF   

To read more about the most common mistakes read here
 
ADS tourism and the supplementary tourist visa arrangement:

ADS:

'ADS' (Approved Destination Status) is a bilateral agreement reached between China and Denmark that makes it possible for Chinese citizens to travel to Denmark and other Schengen countries for tourism. This arrangement allows agencies to apply for visas to a group of at least five people accompanied by a tour guide. The visa will have a single entry to Denmark and the Schengen area and a validity of maximum period of 30 days

STV (supplementary tourist visa) arrangement:

This allows agencies to apply for visa on behalf of an individual tourist or groups for Denmark and the Schengen area. Visas will have a single entry and a validity of maximum 30 days. Furthermore it is not a requirement, that the tourists are accompanied by a tour guide. It is an essential condition that the tourist has purchased a package journey via an accredited Chinese travel agency, as listed below. A package journey must at least include transportation and hotel reservations.

ADS Tourism visa:
Chinese accredited travel agency (accredited by CNTA and the EU)

PDF    

To read more about the most common mistakes read here

Preferential Scheme for individual tourists:

Applicants who are travelling using a Chinese accredited travel agency (accredited by CNTA and the EU):

Download the document checklist below:

PDF

To read morea about the most common mistakes read here

Information about residence permits - more than 90 days

Residence permit

Applicants, who are going to study, seek family reunification, work (also as au pairs) etc. for a period exceeding 90 days must apply for a residence permit. The applications can be submitted in China, but the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for Labour will process the case.

Applicants for a residence permit will have their biometrics recorded. When handing in their applications a picture will be taken, as well as fingerprints and a signature.

Third-country nationals bound by visa requirements will be issued a long-stay visa when applying for a residence permit. The visa will allow them to enter Denmark and receive a residence card with biometric features.

 

Where to submit a residence permit application

Beijing: the Visa Application Centre, no appointment necessary.

Chengdu: the Visa Application Centre. No appointment necessary, however, for group application of more than (including) 5 applicants, please make an appointment no less than five working days ahead of time by emailing or calling the Visa Application Centers (VACs).

Chongqing: the Visa Application Centre. No appointment necessary, however, for group application of more than (including) 5 applicants, please make an appointment no less than five working days ahead of time by emailing or calling the Visa Application Centers (VACs).

Guangzhou: the Visa Application Centre. No appointment necessary, however, for a group application of more than (including) 5 applicants, please make an appointment by emailing gzgroup@vfshelpline.com.

Hangzhou: the Visa Application Centre, no appointment necessary.

Jinan: the Visa Application Centre, no appointment necessary.

Nanjing: the Visa Application Centre, no appointment necessary.

Shanghai: the Visa Application Centre, no appointment necessary.

Shenyang: the Visa Application Centre, no appointment necessary.

 

For all addresses and opening hours, please use this site.

 

 

How to submit a residence permit application

  1. Which residence permit application forms are needed depends on the purpose of coming to Denmark. Please use the Immigration Service application form guide to download and fill out the correct form here.
  2. When applying for any kind of residence permit or extension of a residence permit you will need to first create a case order ID and pay online here.
  3. Please note that the fee must be paid directly to the Danish Immigration Service before the application is submitted. An additional fee is to be paid to the Visa Application Center, when they receive your application
    You can find further information about fees here.
  4. Before handing in your application, make sure that you have all required documentation. Please see the checklist inside the application form for requirements and make sure that all documentation is complete before you submit your application.
  5. When submitting your application, please make sure to bring original documentation as well as a copy of these. The original, supporting documentation will be returned to you immediately, but must be shown in order to see, that the copies are genuine.

 

What to bring?
Bring the application and supporting documents (originals as well as copies).

Requirements for copies:

  • A4
  • Copies must have print on 1 side only
  • No staples

The sequence of the documents should be as follows:

  1. Application form
  2. Copy of the passport (incl. passport pages with information on them: The data-page and pages with stamps, stickers etc.
  3. Receipt for DIS payment
  4. Copies of supporting documents

 

Residence permits for small children
We recommend bringing a recent photo of the child, which meets the requirements for a photo, here. The photo can be used if it is not possible to obtain a valid, new photo when submitting the application.

 

Interview with the applicant
Interviews are not mandatory for all residence permit applicants. Interviews are usually conducted with those, who plan to study at a folk high school or in basic and youth study programs, work as au pairs or work within certain kinds of professions in Denmark.

 

Applications submitted outside of China:
For applications that have been submitted outside of China. If a residence permit has been granted, please provide the Danish representation with the following in order to get the permit:

  1. Your original passport
  2. 2 inch colour picture
  3. Application fee
  4. A copy of the first data page of your passport

 

Applications submitted in China but issued in a third country:
It is possible for a person with residence in a third country to hand in an application in China. The decision can then be sent to a Danish mission of choice for issuing. In such cases, the original passport must be presented upon application and can then be handed back by the Danish mission (not the visa center), in order for the applicant to return home.
 

Contact us

The Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing
Address: 1 Dong Wu Jie
Sanlitun
Chaoyang District
100600 Beijing

Tel: +86 (10) 8532 9900
Fax: +86 (10) 8532 9936
E-mail: bjsambvisa@um.dk

Applications are only received by prior appointment requested via bjsambvisa@um.dk.

 

The Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai

Address: Room 3101
Shanghai International Trade Centre
No. 2201 Yan'an Xi Lu
Shanghai 200336
People's Republic of China

 

Phone:  +86 (21) 8025 0600
Fax:     +86 (21) 6209 0878
E-mail:  shagklvisa@um.dk  

 

Visa Section: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and Friday from 15:00-16:00. Wednesday from 10:00-11:00.

 

 

The Royal Danish Consulate General in Guangzhou 
Address: Suite 1578
China Hotel Office Tower
Liu Hua Lu
Guangzhou 510015
People's Republic of China

Phone:  +86 (20) 2829 7300
Visa inquiry phone: +86 (20) 2829 7339
Fax:   +86 (20) 8667 0315
Fax visa section: +86 (20) 8626 6097
E-mail: cangklvisa@um.dk

Visa Section: Monday and Thursday, 10:00-15:00, Friday, 10:00-14:00
Visa telephone enquiries: Monday to Friday 14:00-15:00

 

Visa Application Centres

Visa application centre Beijing

Room 703, Building 1, 13 Yard
Gongtibei Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing – 100027, China

Tel: + 86-10-84059639
Email: infopek.dkcn@vfshelpline.com

  

Visa application centre Chengdu

Unit 15-18, Building 11, 4th Section, South Renmin Road,

Wuhou District, Chengdu City,

Sichuan Province, China (610000)

 

Tel: +85 028 67693811
Email: infojvac.chinachengdu@vfshelpline.com

 

 

Visa application centre Chongqing

33-C, HNA - Poly International Center
235 Minsheng Road,
Yu Zhong District,
Chongqing

Tel.: +86 023 637 027 92
Email: infockg.dkcn@vfshelpline

 

 Visa application centre Fuzhou

Floor 15, Fushengcaifu Centre

No. 60 Gutianzhi Road, Gulou District

Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China 350000

Tel: +86 591 63111557

Email: infojvac.fuzhouchina@vfshelpline.com

 

Visa application centre Guangzhou

Room No. 217, 2F,
Chengjian Mansion
189, Tiyu Xi Road,
Tianhe District,
Guangzhou

Tel: +86 (020) 38681304
Email: infocan.dkcn@vfshelpline.com

 

 

Visa application centre Hangzhou

Room 702, Building A, Huarun Plaza,

No. 1366 Qianjiang Road, JiangGan District,

Hangzhou City, Hangzhou Province, China 310000

 

Tel: +85 0571 28231913
Email: infojvac.hangzhouchina@vfshelpline.com

 

 

Visa application centre Jinan

5th Floor, CITIC Plaza,

No. 150 Luoyuan Avenue,

Lixia District, Jinan City,

Shangdong Province, China, 250000

 

Tel: +86 531 83185899
Email: infojvac.jinanchina@vfshelpline.com                 

 

 

Visa application centre Shanghai

3F, Jiushi Commercial Building,

No. 213, Sichuan Middle Road,

Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002

 

Tel: +86 (021) 51859710

Email: infosha.dkcn@vfshelpline.com

 

 

Visa application centre Shenyang

No. 3, Floor 4, Building A, Shenyang Fortune Plaza,

No. 61, Beizhan Road, Shenhe District,

Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, China, 110000

 

Tel: +86 24 82919355 
Email: infojvac.shenyangchina@vfshelpline.com                 

 

 

 Visa application centre Shenzhen

Room 17F-08/09, West Zone, North Gate, GCIG Building

Fuhua 1 Road, Futian Dist.

Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China 518000

Tel: +86 755 83229026

Email: infojvac.shenzhechina@vfshelpline.com

 

 

Visa application centre Xi'an

Room 1801/1802, Building A, Mole Collection Centers

Cross Road of Keji 6th Road and Fenghui South Road, High-tech Zone

Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China 710000

Tel: +86 29 84046652

Email: infojvac.xianchina@vfshelpline.com

 

Information on how to apply for a Schengen visa, etc. is available under “ General knowledge” while information about where to submit is found on the website of the Visa Application Centre.

 

 * Submission at the Visa Application Centres entails an administration fee to be paid directly to the Centre. The service fee varies every month according to the exchange rate. For information on the specific service fee, visit the website of the Visa Application Centre. The service fee is the same for all Visa Application Centres in China.

 

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Notice

Visa for Greenland and the Faroe Islands?

 

Visa applications to Greenland and the Faroe Islands should be submitted to one of the Danish Visa Application Centres.

 

Other European embassies cannot grant you a visa for Greenland or the Faroe Islands.

Contact

Content responsible
Charlotte Duelund
Head of Visa and Consular
Email: bjsambvisa@um.dk
Phone: +86 (10) 8532 9939

Telephone hours: 2-3 pm