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Short stay visas for Vietnamese citizens

If you are a Vietnamese citizen, you will need a visa to travel to Denmark (Schengen).

A visa is issued for the purpose of a short stay (maximum 90 days) in Denmark and other Schengen countries. Employment is not permitted during the stay covered by the visa. Foreign citizens who are exempted from basic visa requirements can stay, but not work, in the Schengen region up to 90 days.

Schengen Visas
A visa is issued for the purpose of a short stay (90 days) in Denmark and other Schengen countries. Normally short stay visas issued by Danish missions abroad are valid for the entire Schengen region (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden).

A visa does not allow you to work in Denmark.

From November 14th, 2013, applicants need to appear in person for the collection of the biometric data: ten fingerprints and a photograph are collected from persons applying for a visa.
Before the recording of the photo applicants may be asked to remove glasses or adjust head coverings if they hide facial features.
Certain categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints, including:

  • Children under the age of 12
  • Persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible
  • Heads of State and members of national governments, and members of their official delegations when invited for an official purpose.

The introduction of biometric data is part of the Schengen Visa Information System (VIS). For more information about VIS, fingerprints, data protection and legal background, please see Visa Information System (VIS).

On July 1, 2017, an amending act to the Danish Aliens Act entered into force. It introduced new rules regarding recording, registration and storage of aliens’ fingerprints and photographs in relation to identification and identity control. Please press here to read more about the storage of the applicant’s biometric data according to the new amendment.

Processing time
All applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application which is admissible. This deadline can in individual cases be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, in exceptional cases up to 60 calendar days.

This applies for both visa applications which can be examined and decided upon by the Danish Embassy, Hanoi as well as cases where the application must be referred to and processed by the Danish Immigration Service (DIS)

In order to fullfill the processing time it is very important for the applicant to make sure that all relevant documents have been submitted along with the application when the application has been handed in (please find the list under Supporting Documents of required documents according to the purpose of the visit ).

If the applicant fails to submit all relevant documents with the application, the applicant will be given a deadline of maximum 5 days to deliver the documents. If the supporting documents are not handed in to the Embassy within the 5-day deadline, the application may be refused and the visa fee lost.

Vietnamese citizens are subject to prior consultation before being granted a visa. The consultation may take up to 9 days, and a visa can under no circumstances be issued before the consultation has been completed.

Lodge your application online
The application can be lodged at the Danish Visa Application Centers (VFS) in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Please note that from 1st of June 2019 all applicants are requested to book an appointment for visiting the Visa Application Centre in both Hanoi and HCMC. To book your appointment online click here or call VFS via phone number: +8428 35212002 for further assistance.

NEW ONLINE VISA APPLICATION: From the 1st of July 2019, you should fill in your visa application and pay the application fee online using After you have applied and paid the visa fee online, you must print and sign the cover letter from ApplyVisa and hand in supporting documents and supply biometrics at the Visa Application Centre VFS . From 1st of June 2019 applicants, who has made an appointment with VFS to submit their visa application to Denmark, Lithuania or Iceland should fill in the application form and pay the visa fee by credit/debit card via After paying the visa fee by credit card the applicant will receive a cover letter via their email that should be printed and signed before submitting at VFS together with additional supporting documents.

Procedures for all types of visa
For all types of visa, it is essential that you collect all of the following documents before presenting your application: All applicants must show up in person either in Hanoi or in Ho Chi Minh City.

• Signed cover letter of online application (
• Valid passport
• Photo
• Paid visa fee via credit card
• All supporting documents
• Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 EURO

In all cases, applications shall be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit.

Travel insurance must be valid for the entire intended stay and throughout the territory of the Schengen Member States including Liechtenstein and must cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. Minimum coverage of EUR 30,000.

Stays in multiple Schengen countries
An applicant who wishes to visit several Schengen countries, but who plans to spend the longest time in Denmark, must submit his or her application at a Danish diplomatic mission. If the applicant wishes to stay for an extended period in several countries, he or she must apply for a visa at the diplomatic mission of the Schengen country where the visit is to begin.

How long is a visa valid?
A visa to the Schengen countries is valid for maximum 90 days within a six-month period. Those 90 days may be spread across one or more visits.

Applicants are advised not to purchase airline tickets before diplomatic representatives confirm that the applicant is eligible for a visa.

Important notice
All Schengen visa holders must carry invitation letter, documentation regarding their travel insurance and documentation for sufficient means if necessary, when travelling to Denmark. Please take note that the Danish immigration authorities may reject entry to Denmark, if the visa holder cannot produce these documents on request.


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