If you love fairytales, you’ll love Denmark’s dramatic Baltic coasts. But, just because the country has a long coastline, doesn’t mean this is all it has to offer. From the Rabjerg Mile or shifting sand dunes to the chalk white cliffs of Mons Klint and the rugged terrain of the Mols Bjerge National Park, Denmark is a land of diverse landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty.
Traveling to Denmark from India is easy with flights connecting Delhi, Mumbai and other metro cities to Copenhagen, Bilund, Aalborg and other cities in Denmark. Peak tourist season begins in mid-June and continues till mid-August. If you want to avoid the crowds you could time your vacation a month before or after this season. In 1996, Denmark was one of the five countries to sign the Schengen agreement and since then instead of applying for a Denmark visa for Indian citizens, tourists from India can travel to Denmark if they have a valid Schengen visa from any of the 26 Schengen countries.
How is a Schengen visa different from other visas?
In 1985, the Schengen agreement was signed by five European countries to open their internal borders and allow people to travel freely across them. With time, many more countries have joined this are and today, 26 countries are part of this agreement. According to the Schengen agreement, all of these countries allow their citizens to travel from one country to another without the need for a visa. For non-European travelers, a single Schengen visa is required to travel to any of these countries. Thus, if you hold a Schengen visa issued by the French consulate, you can use the same to travel toSpain, Denmark, Germany or even Switzerland.
How and where to apply for a Schengen Visa?
A Schengen visa can be applied for at the consulate for any of the 26 Schengen countries. However, the correct consulate to submit your visa application depends on two factors:
- Which country are you visiting first
- Which country will you be spending the maximum amount of time in
If you are planning a trip only to Denmark, you will have to apply to the Denmark consulate for a Schengen visa. Similarly, you are visiting a few other countries as well but Denmark is your first destination or if you are spending a majority of your holiday in Denmark, then your Schengen visa will be issued by the Denmark visa officers.
Denmark Schengen visa requirements for Indian citizens
Once your itinerary is planned, you will need to apply for a Schengen Denmark visa. For this, the first thing you must do is check the validity of your passport. To apply for a visa, your passport should have been issued no longer than 10 years ago and should be valid for at least three months after your intended return from Denmark. It should also have a minimum of two empty pages.
Next, you will need to download the visa application form and fill it out. This can be filled in with ink or be edited in its pdf format and printed out. The latter is preferable as printed type is more legible and editing the form on a computer makes it easier to rectify mistakes. Along with your visa and passport the additional document you will need to collect include
- 2 recent passport sized photographs
- Proof of finances
- Minimum Insurance cover of 30,000 Euros
- Flight Itinerary
- Proof of Stay
- Cover letter
Once you have all these documents in place, you can then book an appointment as the Denmark consulate to submit your application and have an interview with the visa officer. Along with the form and documents, your biometric details will also be taken on the day of your appointment. These details are stored in the system for a maximum of 5 years and hence if you need to reapply for a Denmark Schengen visa within this time frame you can skip this step.
You will also have to pay a non-refundable Denmark visa fees in rupees. For children below the age of 6 years, there are no fees but for children above this age limit and for adults a visa processing fee and service charge will need to be paid. This amount can be paid in cash or by debit or credit card and fluctuates according to the conversion rate of Euro to Indian rupees. In addition to this, if you cannot collect your visa after it has been issued and would like to couriered to you, you must also pay a courier fee at the time of submitting your documents.
In order to reduce the risk of a rejection of your visa application there are a few things you should keep in mind while collecting your supporting documents.
Denmark Schengen visa specifications for passport photographs are:
- It should measure 35mm x 45mm
- It should be taken against a plain, neutral background
- The face of the applicant should be clearly visible and should take up 70% of the frame
- The applicant should be looking straight into the camera with a neutral expression such that both ears are visible and the entire face from the forehead to the chin is visible
- There should be no creases or marks on the photographs
- It should not have been cropped out of a larger photograph
- The applicant should not be wearing any kind of headwear unless it is for religious purposes. In such instances, the headwear should not cover any part of the face and should not create a shadow over it either
- If the applicant wears spectacles, a light frame should be worn that does not create a glare and does not have tinted lenses. It should not cover the eyes or create a shadow on the face
- The photograph should be bright, well focused and printed on high quality paper.
While applying for a Danish visa, you must be able to prove that you have accounted for a minimum of 67 EUR per day if you are staying in a hotel and 47EUR if you will be staying in a hostel. To prove this you will need to furnish
- An employment contract
- Bank statement for the past six months
- Salary slips for the past six months
- Copy of your Income Tax Returns for the previous year
If you are self-employed you will need to also submit a copy of your business license or company registration certificate. If you are retired, you will need to submit your pension statement for the past six months. In case your trip is being funded by someone else, you will need to explain how you are related to your sponsor and why they are sponsoring your trip.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to book a confirmed flight ticket when applying for your visa but you need to have a detailed itinerary. This includes the dates of your arrival and departure, the airline you will be travelling by and the flight number, the airport IATA codes and the price of your ticket. It is only after your visa has been issued that you may need to show a copy of the confirmed ticket when collecting your visa and passport.
To create this flight itinerary, you may contact any of the airlines playing between India and Denmark and reserve a seat or ask your travel agent to help you out. The advantage of working with a travel agent for this purpose is that when you reserve a seat on an airline directly, this reservation is valid only for one week but when a travel agent reserves a seat, it can be held for longer. Thus, there is no risk of your reservation not being valid when the visa officer processes your application. Once the visa is issued, you are free to book this ticket or make your own arrangements.
If you are visiting Denmark as part of a pre-paid tour you can submit a copy of the payment details to your tour operator as proof of where you will be staying in Denmark. Similarly, if you are visiting friends and family, a letter from them mentioning your relationship with them and that you will be staying with them will need to be submitted along with your application form. If you plan on staying at a hotel, you will need to submit a copy of your hotel reservation details. If you have a travel agent you are working with, it is not necessary for you to book hotel rooms before your visa is issued. For a small token fee, a room may be reserved in your name for documentation purposes. You are not limited to paying the full amount for these rooms after your visa is issued and can make your own arrangements. This is especially beneficial if you do not have a fixed itinerary and want to backpack your way across Denmark.
So, are you ready to explore Denmark and the fabulous breads and pastries it is famous for?