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Short-term stays (less than 90 days)

General conditions

Your passport or other form of valid travel document must be valid for three months past the visa expiration date. Moreover, the passport or travel document must have been issued within the past 10 years.

You must have the necessary means to pay for your stay and return trip. What will be considered as necessary funds will be determined by the Danish diplomatic mission and depends on the length of your stay, and whether you will stay at a hotel or with friends or family. As a general rule, you must have at your disposal approx. DKK 350 per day. A smaller amount may be accepted if you are staying in a private home and your host will cover all costs. If you are staying at a hotel, the amount must be greater, approx. DKK 500 per day.

You must hold a travel insurance policy to cover possible expenses in connection with a return for health reasons or death, indispensable medical treatment or acute hospitalization during your stay. The insurance policy must cover all Schengen countries, and the minimum policy coverage is €30.000. The insurance policy must be valid for the same period as the visa. The validity of the visa may be shortened if the insurance policy does not cover the entire period.

You can read more about the general conditions for a visa at the Danish Immigration Service website.

Nordic/EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of one of the Nordic Countries and citizens from EU/EEA citizens can work and live in Denmark without a visa.

Non Nordic/EU/EEA-citizens

If you are a non Nordic/EU/EEA-citizen from a country, where you need a visa to visit Denmark, you need to apply for a visa to be able to stay in Denmark for a period shorter than 3 month (90 days). When you have received an invitation from the Department you are going to visit, you have to apply for a visa at a Danish Diplomatic Mission. You can find a list for all Danish Diplomatic Missions in the world here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark website.

You can read more about which countries that need a visa to Denmark at the Danish Immigration Service website.

How to apply

Before you go to the Danish Diplomatic Mission to apply for a visa, you have to get an invitation called VF2 completed by International Staff Office at SDU. International Staff Office employee Luna Kyung Keller Larsen is responsible for the visa invitations at SDU, and she can be contacted at: or +45 6550 1947.

You also have to get an official invitation signed by the host (the person that invites you to SDU), as this is something the Danish Diplomatic Missions wants to see because they compare it with the VF2-invitation. Luna can guide the Department at SDU about, what the invitation letter should include.

If you have got any questions about the short-term visa application, you are welcome to contact Luna at or +45 6550 1947.


Need help?

Contact International Staff Office


Last Updated 15.05.2019