Last updated: 19 Sep 2021

Denmark

About

Denmark has an abundance of picturesque villages and towns, historic castles and monuments, and a coastline that includes some broad sandy beaches.

Throughout the country, low rolling hills provide a constant succession of attractive views; there are cool and shady forests of beech trees, extensive areas of heathland, and a beautiful lake district.

Denmark is known for its excellent cycling terrain, and it also has a multitude of health resorts which are widespread throughout the country.

Denmark has excellent facilities for both freshwater and saltwater angling. Sea-fishing tours can be arranged with local fishermen at many Danish harbours.

Be daring, and go nude bathing. This is quite common at Danish seaside resorts.
Capital:  Copenhagen (CPH)
Currency:  Danish Krone (DKK)
Language:  Danish. English, German and French may also be spoken
Dialling code from SA:  + 45
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Daylight Savings Time: From last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Apr 1, 2, 4, 5, 30; May 1, 13, 14, 23, 24; Jun 5; Dec 24-26, 31

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: Year-round activities. May – June, late August.
Best for: Viking Sites, Legoland, Medieval Architecture
Plugs: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Continental two-pin plugs are standard. On many campsites, 110-volt power plugs are also available.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. 
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: Normal social courtesies. Denmark is an egalitarian society. Some restaurants and clubs may have a dress code.
Local Offences / Laws: The age limit for buying beer and wine in Denmark is 16. For drinks with an alcohol percentage higher than 16.5%, you must be 18 or older. Smoking is banned in public areas. Nude bathing is allowed at most beaches; if it is prohibited there will be a sign. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: There may be limited acceptance of debit and credit cards outside of hotels, due to controls imposed on banks.  It is preferable to carry cash. 
Duty Free: Denmark is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices. There are no longer any allowance restrictions on these tax-free items.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Note: The Faroe Islands and Greenland are not part of the EU. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.

• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine and 110L of beer. Tobacco and spirit allowances apply to travellers aged 18 and over. Beer and wine allowances apply to travellers aged 16 and over.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Denmark by travellers aged 17 or over without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of kr3,250 for air and sea travellers and kr2,250 for other travellers.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited and restricted goods include narcotics, meat and dairy products, medicine, pets, wild animals and plants and their products, weapons and explosives, fireworks and pesticides

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 13/09/2021

Entry is permitted for passengers from a limited number of countries. Passengers may be subject to testing and quarantine on arrival.

Green Countries/Regions

  • Czechia, Germany (Schleswig-Holstein), Hungary, Italy (Piemonte, Valle d’Aosta/Vallée d’Aoste, Lombardia, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Lazio), Mayotte, Norway (Troms og Finnmark), Poland, Portugal (Azores), Romania, Slovakia, and Spain (Asturias). 

Yellow Countries/Regions

  • Australia, Austria (Burgenland, Carinthia), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia (Sjeverna Hrvatska), Germany (excluding Schleswig-Holstein), Hong Kong, Italy (Liguria, Campania, Bolzano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Jordan, Korea (South), Liechtenstein, Macau, Moldova, New Zealand, Norway (Inland, Agder and Trøndelag), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland (Valais, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerhoden, Uri), Taiwan, and Ukraine.

Orange OECD Countries

  • Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Orange Countries/Regions

  • All countries and regions that are not mentioned above.

Mask requirement

  • Passengers aged 12 and older are required to wear a face mask.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Denmark.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Nationals and residents of Denmark;
    • Passengers who have a job or who are self-employed in Denmark, provided holding proof such as a work permit, a valid employment contract or a corporate certificate;
    • Passengers resident in the EU or Schengen Area or green and yellow countries and regions;
    • Passengers who hold proof of being fully vaccinated who are habitually resident in orange OECD countries;
    • Passengers providing services or involved in the transport of goods into or out of Denmark, provided holding evidence of the transaction (an invoice, receipt or purchase agreement), a receipt for registration in the Register of Foreign Service Providers (Registret for Udenlandske Tjenesteydere - RUT), or evidence of social security (PD A1) in connection with work in another EU/EEA country issued by the authorities in the relevant country of origin;
    • Passengers who are the spouse, live-in partner, boyfriend or girlfriend, parent or child of a Danish national or a foreign resident in Denmark, provided holding proof of the relationship;
    • Passengers visiting minors, provided holding the minor's birth or baptism certificates, or confirmation from the authorities that they are the primary caregiver, and a copy of the minor's health insurance cards;
    • Passengers travelling to visit a seriously ill or dying person, provided holding proof of the relationship and confirmation from the relevant healthcare professional;
    • Passengers travelling to participate in the imminent birth of their child, provided holding a copy of the maternity record and a letter of consent from the mother-to-be;
    • Passengers holding proof they are travelling for medical treatment, attending a funeral, or participating in legal proceedings;
    • Passengers travelling for the purpose of casting a vote in an election in their country of origin at an embassy or consular mission in Denmark, provided holding a poll card;
    • Passengers travelling for educational purposes, a traineeship, or attending a folk high school programme, provided holding a letter of confirmation from the educational institution;
    • Seamen who are signing on or off in Denmark in connection with crew changes, provided holding confirmation from the employer;
    • Aircraft crew members;
    • Offshore workers;
    • Passengers in transit through Denmark, provided travelling for a necessary or emergency reason and holding the relevant document based on the purpose of the transit journey;
    • Passengers attending business meetings and job interviews, provided holding proof of the working relationship, time and location of the meeting and relevant contact person who can confirm the information;
    • Passengers with urgent business at an embassy or consular mission, provided holding a document confirming the appointment; or
    • Passengers who own a summerhouse, allotment shed, boat or permanent location, and their family members.

Testing and vaccine requirements

  • Passengers (including seamen) must hold a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure or an antigen test result obtained within 48 hours prior to departure. The test result must be in a Scandinavian language, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals and residents of Denmark;
    • Passengers aged 15 years and younger;
    • Foreign passengers who are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine and who either can present an EU COVID-19 Vaccine Passport to prove that they have been fully vaccinated or are habitually resident in EU and Schengen countries, Andorra, San Marino, Monaco, the Vatican City, orange OECD countries and yellow third countries;
    • Passengers holding a positive Covid-19 test result obtained between 14 days and 8 months before boarding; or
    • Crew members; or
    • Crew members of commercial passenger transportation vehicles operating under permission of the Danish Taxi Act (Taxiloven) and are in transit

Quarantine and testing on arrival

  • Passengers aged 16 or above will be subject to Covid-19 testing and 10 days isolation on arrival. The quarantine period may be ended early if a negative PCR test is obtained no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Passengers holding a positive Covid-19 test result obtained between 14 days and 12 months prior to departure;
    • Passengers resident in a EU or Schengen Area member state, Greenland, Faroe Islands, OECD member state, Andorra, San Marino, Monaco or Vatican City who present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate demonstrating that at least 14 days and maximum 12 months have elapsed since the first dose of Janssen vaccine or the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine. The vaccine certificate must contain the name of the passenger, date of birth, name of the vaccine and dates for when the vaccine doses were given;
    • Passengers resident in the green and yellow countries and regions;
    • Minors aged 17 years and younger, provided that they are accompanying an individual that is either fully vaccinated or has previously test positive with Covid-19 infection.
    • Nationals of Denmark who present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate;
    • Aircraft crew members; or
    • Passengers in transit.
    • The test on arrival also does not apply to passengers who cannot take the test due to medical reasons or disabilities.
    • The quarantine requirement does not apply to business travellers attending a business meeting in Denmark.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Royal Danish Embassy
iParioli Office Park, Block B2, Ground Floor
1166 Park Street (corner of Park Street and Duncan Road), Hatfield
PO Box 11439, Hatfield 0028
Tel: (012) 430 9340  Fax: (012) 342 7620
E-mail: pryamb@um.dk
Web:  www.ambpretoria.um.dk

Monday – Thursday 8.00 - 16.00
Friday 08.00 – 14.00

Visa Requirements

  • Visas are required by South African passport holders.
  • British passport holders entitled to residence in the UK do not need visas

Denmark represents Iceland, Faroe Islands as well as Greenland. A normal Schengen visa is not valid for the Faroe Islands or Greenland. However, if travelling to these destinations, a Danish Mission is to issue the Schengen visa with "Valid for the Faroe Islands"or "Valid for Greenland"' in the comments section of the visa. Visa applications for Greenland and the Faroe Islands can only be submitted at Danish missions.

VFS:

Tel: +27 (0)12 425 3001
Email: info.dkza@vfshelpline.com
Web: www.vfsglobal-denmark.com/SouthAfrica
Submission times: 08:00-12:30 and 13:30-15:00 Mon-Fri

  • PRETORIA:  1st Floor, Cherry Lane Office Park, 114 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn, Pretoria
  • DURBAN: Unit 409, 4th Floor, 91 -123 Cowey Road(Problem Mkhize), Essenwood, Durban, 4000
  • CAPE TOWN: Office 504 , 5th Floor, 47 on Strand Street, Strand Street, Cape Town.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Go to the online visa application system called ApplyVisa (https://applyvisa.um.dk/NVP.App/frontpage). Here you will have to

  1. register a user,
  2. fill in the application,
  3. pay the visa fee and 
  4. print and sign the cover letter
  • Please have your passport and credit card ready when applying and paying. Please note that you must pay with a credit card online. It is not possible to pay the visa fee at VFS.
  • If you do not have access to a computer and printer, you can use the computer and printer at the Visa Application Centre.
  • In ApplyVisa, you will be asked to select a Visa Application Centre. Your choice determines where you will have to hand in your cover letter printed from ApplyVisa, along with your supporting documents, passport and biometrics. 
  • Please note if you note any errors in your application data e.g. a spelling mistake, inform the staff at the VAC. If you detect an error, there is no need to make a new registration or payment in ApplyVisa.
  • The Danish visa section may ask for further documentation after you have handed in your application, documentation, and biometrics. 

Please note that your application is not complete until you have finalised your application in person at VFS. Appointments must be booked. 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Signed cover letter and application from ApplyVisa.um.dk
  • 1 colour passport photo, 35x45mm and not older than 6 months
  • 1 original passport, valid 3 months after your last day of stay in a Schengen country and with minimum 2 blank pages to affix visa.
  • Schengen travel medical insurance (TMI), with minimum medical coverage of EUR 30.000 for all medical expenses, including repatriation occurring in any Schengen country. The TMI must specifically state validity for SCHENGEN (i.e. valid for DENMARK is not sufficient). If multiple entries, the insurance must cover every entry into the Schengen area. NB! TMI must specifically include COVID-19 treatment coverage.
  • Certified copy of proof of sufficient financial means of subsistence during the intended stay, 3 months bank statements, or the latest 3 month’s salary slips or employment contract stating monthly salary. Please note that ALL applicants have to provide proof of pocket money in their own name even if their trip is fully sponsored.
  • 1 original official employment letter stating proof of employment, purpose of visit. For self-employed: Certificate from CIPC or SARS.
  • 1 Original official student letter from school, college or university in South Africa certifying the student status of the applicant
  • 1 copy of roundtrip flight itinerary specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area.
  • 1 copy of hotel reservation or signed invite/VU2 form if accommodated privately
  • 1 copy of cruise ship itinerary with proof of payment (if purpose of travel is cruise tour)
  • 1 copy of reservations and travel itinerary for package tours and pre-paid tours incl. contact details of tour operator and proof of payment
  • Minors: 1 certified/legalized copy of unabridged birth certificate, certified parental consent as well as certified copies of parents ID/passports if travelling alone, with guardian or one parent.

BIOMETRIC DATA COLLECTION

Following the Schengen-wide introduction of biometrics, all applicants NEED TO APPEAR IN PERSON for the capturing of biometric data. Fingerprints and photo - was introduced as part of the visa application for Denmark, Iceland and the remaining Schengen area. This biometric data can only be captured at the Danish Visa Service Centres (VFS)
If passenger currently possesses a valid visa without biometric data for Denmark and the Schengen area, this visa will remain valid for travels until their visa expires.

Visa Processing Time

Usually 15 calender days. Be aware that in some cases, the processing time can be extended to 30 days, and in exceptional cases up to 60 days.
NB: No on-the-spot Schengen visas will be issued.

Visa Validity

You are only allowed to stay in Schengen on a visitor’s visa for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. To calculate your stay in Schengen, you can use the Schengen Visa Calculator.

Visa Cost

Tourist visa: EUR80 / EUR40 children 6-12

VFS service fee is ZAR400.

SA Representative

South African Embassy,
Gammel Vartov Vej 8, D.K. - 2900,
HELLERUP, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: 0045 3918 0185
E-mail: copenhagen.general@dirco.gov.za
Web: www.dirco.gov.za/copenhagen/

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio