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General conditions

All applicants applying for Schengen visa to Denmark and Iceland should register and book an appointment online with VFS GCC LLC.  Please read through the general conditions before you start the application process.

General conditions

The purpose of travel must be business, tourism, visiting friends or family, official, medical reasons or transit. Please read through the requirement list for either business, tourist or visiting friends and family and make sure your bring all the required documents.

Visit VFS's website for further information about how to apply for a Schengen Visa for Denmark or Iceland:

- The travel document shall contain at least 2 blank pages.
- The travel document shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.
- Please apply minimum 4 weeks in advance. 
- The processing time is maximum 15 days after considered admissible. The Consulate General cannot guarantee a finalized visa process at a certain date and bears no responsibilities in this regard.

For submission cases the processing time can be up to 60 days. Citizens of certain countries or categories of certain citizens are subject to prior consultation in one or more Schengen countries before a visa may be issued. The processing time in these cases will usually be 10-12 days as a minimum. See list of these nationalities and categories of persons in annex 16 to the visa code handbook: Annex 16, English version

- Ensure that you have ALL the required documents. Failing to submit all relevant documentation may result in unnecessary delays or rejection.
- All applicants will have to come in person.
- All documents should be submitted in English or Danish. Any translations should be done by a legal translator and has to be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE.

Visas issued to family members of persons covered by EU regulations

If you are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss national you may qualify for an accelerated free visa procedure as long as you meet some criterias' which you can read about on New to Denmark.  Family members to EU citizens can apply directly at the Consulate General by prior appointment only. To book an appointment kindly sent an email to 2 weeks in advance.

Visas issued to diplomats accredited in the UAE with diplomatic/Service passport and staff from UN offices

If you are a diplomat accredited in the UAE with diplomatic or service passport or staff from the UN offices you can apply directly at the Consulate General by prior appointment only. To book an appointment kindly sent an email to 2 weeks in advance.

Common passport issues

Passport older than 10 years is not acceptable for visa issuance. The 10 years validity is determined from the original date of issue. Later extensions of the passport are not grounds for exceptions to this rule.

Visiting more than one Schengen country?

You have to apply for the Schengen visa at the Consulate of your MAIN destination. The MAIN destination is the country where you are staying the longest time or where the main purpose of the trip is carried out.

If your intention is to travel to several Schengen countries without having a MAIN destination  and you will be staying the same amount of time in each country, you must apply for the Schengen visa at the Embassy/Consulate of the first point of entry into Schengen.

Possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry and the holders of visa are requested to present proof that they fulfil the entry conditions at the external border


Danish embassies and consulates occasionally reject visa applications. These decisions can be appealed to the Danish Immigration Service.