Currently, many non-EU citizens do not need a visa to visit Europe. Starting in 2021, however, this will change. Non-EU citizens who wish to travel to Denmark will need an ETIAS visa waiver for Denmark. It is important to know that this is the same for all EU countries found within the Schengen Area, not just for Denmark.
The European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS is a visa waiver program that will be put in place in efforts to strengthen the borders of the Schengen Zone. This is done by screening and tracking non-EU visitors who enter and travel throughout Denmark as well as the entirety of the Schengen Zone.
Unlike a standard travel visa, the ETIAS screens all applicants prior to their travel to Denmark. Once visitors are approved they are able to move freely throughout the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days. This is much like the system that was in place before just with an added security measure.
Denmark, the EU, and the Schengen Area
Denmark is a Scandinavian country located in Northern Europe. The country is made up of the Jutland Peninsula and various islands. A bridge connects Denmark from its capital city Copenhagen to neighboring Sweden. The official language is Danish and the currency used is the Danish Krone.
Denmark joined the European Union in 1973 and joined the Schengen Zone in 2001. The Schengen Area is made up of 26 countries and its purpose is to function as one jurisdiction for international travel.
Once the area is entered, a visitor can travel around without hard borders or additional passport controls. As a part of the Schengen Zone, tourists who visit Denmark can travel to any of the other Schengen countries with a Danish ETIAS.
Who Needs ETIAS to Travel to Denmark?
Once the system is in place, citizens of non-EU countries will have to apply for ETIAS before they travel to Denmark or any of the other Schengen countries. Even those who are currently allowed to travel to Europe visa-free will need an ETIAS starting as soon as 2021.
The ETIAS Denmark oversees all applicants who wish to enter Denmark itself, plus any other Schengen country within the EU. Once applicants are approved they will be able to travel within the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days.
The ETIAS allows people to visit the countries found within the Schengen Zone for tourist, business, medical, and transit reasons. As of now, there are over 60 countries that have to apply for an ETIAS if they wish to travel to Europe.
Passport and Document Requirements for Denmark ETIAS
The requirements to apply for a Danish ETIAS are as follows:
- Valid passport
- Issue and expiry dates
- Minimum validity of three months from the date of arrival
- Brief medical history
- Education and work experience
- Previous visits to war zones (if any)
- Criminal record (if applicable)
- Any deportations or rejections of citizenships
It is important to note that legal guardians must complete an application for any minor. Also, those with family members who are EU citizens will have to submit proof of relationship, residence card, and/or other background details.
How Can I Apply for Danish ETIAS?
The ETIAS application is quick, easy and affordable. The application is accessible from anywhere with WiFi access, meaning there is no time wasted making appointments or waiting in queues at a local embassy or consulate.
Once the ETIAS requirements for Denmark are met, the applications process begins. This takes about 10 minutes and is done completely online. Expect to answer the following to complete the application:
- Biometric information
- First and last names
- Last name at birth
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Current address
- Email address and phone number
- The name of the first EU country that will be visited
- A credit or debit card for the application fee
Travel Information about Denmark
The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is a popular destination for tourists. The coastal town made up of brightly colored homes and boats are picturesque. The historic center is home to the Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, and Rosenborg Castle.
Family-friendly attractions include the popular amusement park, Tivoli, that dates back to 1843. Also, The Little Mermaid sculpture will please any Hans Christian Andersen fans. For more castles, museums, and cathedrals, visitors will enjoy venturing into the other towns like Aarhus, Odense, and Helsinør.