Visas for Denmark

Denmark is part of the Schengen Area, so those wishing to enter Denmark will need to either be citizens of certain countries or they may enter if they've already been granted a valid and current visa to enter another Schengen country. EU citizens and holders of USA, Australian and New Zealand passports are included in those that may freely enter Denmark without a visa for up to 90 days.

Coming to Denmark as an employee, intern, student, au pair or on a working holiday cannot be done on a visa alone, and will usually require residence and work permits.


Registration, residence and work permits for Denmark

Many foreigners are free to live and work in Denmark and do not need to apply for work or residence permits, including citizens of EU/EEA states, Nordic citizens and citizens of Switzerland.

However, everyone intending to stay in Denmark for more than three months needs to register with the authorities and obtain an identification number (CPR number). Without a CPR number, normal life in Denmark is impossible – one cannot open a bank account, register with a doctor, get help from public authorities or even buy a registered mobile phone.

Expats who aren’t from one of the aforementioned countries will need to apply for a residence and work permit. Granting of residence and work permits is not automatic and will depend on specific labour market conditions. To apply, expats will need to have a specific written job offer that specifies salary and employment conditions. Even if expats have this, they may not be granted a residence and work permit if their prospective job can be filled by available labour in Denmark.

In addition to general work and residence permits, there are a number of special schemes that make it possible for expats in particular sectors to live and work in Denmark, such as those with specialised skills or those who have a Masters degree or PhD from a Danish university.

*Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice and expats are advised to contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.

Tom Griffiths Our Expat Expert

Tom first visited Denmark more than thirty years ago and settled here permanently in 2008. During that time he has taken advantage of the excellent Danish higher education system by spending two years undertaking an MA, worked with some really interesting Danish companies, both large and small, and now runs his own coaching and change management company specialising in supporting expats and trailing expats. Website: www.changecoachdk.com