Entry/Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens
Denmark is a party to the Schengen Agreement. You may enter the country for up to 90 days on your U.S. passport for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond your period of stay. More information about travel into and within Schengen countries can be found on our Schengen Fact Sheet. Visit the Danish Embassy in Washington’s website for the most current visa information. Another source of useful information, available in both English and Danish, is the Danish Immigration Service website.
If you are coming to Denmark to study, your student visa will allow you to enter Denmark 30 days prior to the start of your study program and remain for 14 days after the end of your program. These days are non-transferrable, meaning if you enter the Schengen zone only ten days before the start of your student visa’s validity, you may not add 20 extra days to the 14 days that you may stay after your program ends. Your Danish visa is a Schengen visa which will allow you to travel in the Schengen zone for the period of validity. Some Schengen countries will allow you to visit after the expiration of your student visa. Please check with the individual immigration services of the countries you plan to visit. Generally you cannot benefit from the 90-day visa-free tourist travel at the end of your study period. Please note that Danish immigration distinguishes from the categories ‘Basic and Youth Study Programs’ and ‘Higher Educational Programs.’ If you have been granted a residence permit in order to complete a higher educational program in Denmark, your residence permit will be valid for an additional six months after you complete the program. More detailed information is available via the Danish Immigration Service website.
Greenland and the Faroe Islands are not party to the Schengen Agreement; however, you may travel to those places for 90 days for business or tourism without a visa. Residence and work permits issued exclusively for Greenland or the Faroe Islands are not valid for travel to Schengen countries.