Last updated: 18 Sep 2020

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 2020: 

Jan 1; Apr 9, 10, 12, 13; May 8, 21, 31; Jun 1; Dec 25, 26

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

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Denmark is open to travellers from a limited list of countries. - www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/travel-essentials/safe-travel-denmark or politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark/travelling-in-or-out-of-denmark/is-my-country-open-or-banned

There may be re-entry requirements on your return and further travel restrictions. Please consult your local authorities for up to date information.

 

RE-OPEN EU: reopen.europa.eu/en/map/DNK

 

Embassy Update: Visa operations are limited due to the current restrictions on entry into Denmark. You can hand in a visa application if you have a worthy purpose for entering Denmark. More Information: sydafrika.um.dk/

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

The Embassy can be contacted via email as it is only open to the public for two days and only for two hours.

NB NB NB : With immediate effect, passengers are to fill in their visa application , as well as pay the application fee online,  using ApplyVisa.um.dk.
Once passenger has applied and paid the visa fee online, they are to  print the cover letter (from ApplyVisa.um.dk) and hand in their supporting documents at the Visa Application Centre

Visa Requirements

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

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.

VFS:

  • 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.

Appointments are to be made. Call: 012 425 3001 or email: E-mail: info.dkza@vfshelpline.com / Web: www.vfsglobal-denmark.com/SouthAfrica
Submission times: 08:00-12:30 and 13:30-15:00 Mon-Fri
Passport retrieval: 10:00-1600 Mon-Fri

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.

→ REQUIREMENTS: See General Schengen Requirements for terms and conditions of a Schengen short stay visa and application procedures for multi-destinations.

Step 1 - Download the application checklist

By using our user-firendly checklist you will be guided through the entire visa process - www.vfsglobal-denmark.com/southafrica. From document requirements and application forms to submitting and collecting your visa.

Step 2 - Collect supporting documents and application forms

Please gather the relevant documents provided in the document checklist based on the purpose of your trip. For more details on short term visas click here .

Please note that your passport should be valid for a minimum of three months after expiry of the visa; must be issued within the last ten years and must have two blank pages - if you do not have two blank pages to which a visa can be affixed, a new passport must be obtained before submitting your application.

Step 3 - Submit your application

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.

If you do not have access to a computer and printer, you can use the computer and printer at the Visa Application Centre.

Please note that you must pay with a credit card online. It is not possible to pay the visa fee at VFS.

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.

Step 4 -  Booking an appointment at VFS

The visa fee must be paid online with a credit card in ApplyVisa (https://applyvisa.um.dk/NVP.App/frontpage)

Please note that besides the visa fee there is a service fee when you hand in your application at the Visa Application Centre. VFS service fee is 380 THB.

To book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre please click here

 

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: R163.00

See www.vfsglobal-denmark.com/southafrica/

SA Representative

South African Embassy,
Gammel Vartov Vej 8, D.K. - 2900,
HELLERUP, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: 0045 39 18 01 55
E-mail: copenhagen.general@dirco.gov.za
Web: www.southafrica.dk

Travel Health

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