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Visa for Denmark and Iceland



Due to circumstances beyond our control at the moment the Embassy cannot guarantee that visa applications can be processed within the 15 days mentioned below. The Embassy regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note: Due to high volume of applications to visit Denmark, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, it is now mandatory to book an appointment with VFS. This is in order to keep up service levels at VFS and at the Embassy and reduce processing times. This change will be implemented until further notice.


Schengen Member States

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Foreign nationals, requiring a visa, travelling to any of the Schengen countries on business, family visits, or for other reasons, may apply for a Schengen visa for a stay of up to max. 90 days within any 180 days’ period. The visa will allow the holder to travel freely across the borders within the Schengen area, if not stated otherwise in the visa. The Schengen visa is strictly a visitor’s visa and does NOT give the holder right to reside or work in Denmark or any other Schengen State.

According to the 2010 visa regulations for all Schengen countries, a 15 days’ period of grace will be added to the validity period of a visa. Please note, that validity period and duration of stay is not the same.

To exemplify, if you in your application form applied for a 10 days’ visa, you will be given 15 days’ of grace, in total 25 days. However, the effective period of stay will be as you applied for, namely 10 days.

It is very important that you carefully read the information sheet to visa holders “How to read your visa sticker”.

Applicants must obtain a visa at the Embassy of the Schengen country being the main destination of their travel. If the main destination cannot be determined, the application should be submitted to the representation of the Schengen country of first entry.

The issuance of a Schengen visa is discretionary and depends on examination of each individual application, including purpose of visit and intention to return to country of residence.

The purpose of the visa must not be changed once the visa has been issued.

Please note that a Schengen visa is not a guarantee to access the Schengen territory, since the final authorization remains within the competence of the immigration officer at the border. It is therefore advised to bring copies of invitation letters and proof of sufficient financial means, when travelling.

To learn more about the conditions of the Schengen visa, please visit

Please also visit the website of the Danish Immigration Service where you can see if you need a visa to Denmark or Iceland.

Where to submit your visa application

Visa applications for Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland must be submitted at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) – VFS Global, located at:

VFS Global, Denmark Visa Application Centre

Parkfield Building, 5th floor

Muthangari Drive, off Waiyaki Way


VFS Denmark Helpline number +254205147905


You can find a map for easy reference here.

Important information notice from Schengen Member States

According to Article 12 (a) of the Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009, commonly known as "Visa Code", the validity of a travel document shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States.

According to an official notification from the Kenyan authorities issued to all diplomatic missions, all Kenyan passports - except the new East African Community biometric e-Passport - will be rendered invalid from 1 March 2020.

The Schengen States therefore wish to inform the Kenyan public that from 1 December 2019 ONLY the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications.


Visa applications from Tanzania

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam ceased receiving and processing visa and residence/work permit applications on behalf of Denmark on 1st August 2019. The Danish Embassy in Nairobi took over processing the applications on the same day. As from 2nd September 2019 applications can be submitted to the Danish Visa Application Centre, VFS Global, in Dar es Salaam. For more information, please check


Visa applications from Uganda  

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kampala ceased receiving and processing visa and residence/work permit applications on behalf of Denmark on 1st July 2018. The Danish Embassy in Nairobi took over processing the applications on the same day. As from 1st August 2018 applications can be submitted to the Danish Visa Application Centre, VFS Global, in Kampala. For more information, please check on

New Ugandan and Burundi East African Community Passport

The new Ugandan and Burundi East African Community Passports have now been approved by the Danish Authorities and it is possible to apply for a visa using them.

New East African Community Passport for Rwanda

Schengen visas can only be issued to visa applicants that hold passports that have been recognized by the Schengen country issuing the visa. As per standard procedures, all new passports of third countries undergo an assessment and verification process by relevant Danish authoirties in order to be considered valid for entry to Denmark. until the process has been concluded, Denmark cannot process visa applications or issue a Schengen visa to visa applicants from Rwanda holding the new EAC passport. The Danish Visa Application Centres will be notified when the process has been concluded. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Requirement for Schengen Visa

Applicants are requested to read the relevant visa checklists

Check list for visiting famliy and friends

Check list for business or conference (incl. official visits)

Check list for cultural / sports

Check list for tourist visits

Check list for studies / research

Check list for medical treatment

carefully before submitting the application at the VAC. Applications will not be accepted by the VAC, if all the required documents are not submitted.

The application is subject to approval, and submitting the requested documents do not guarantee that the application will be approved.

The Danish Embassy is the authority who will assess and make the decision on visa applications. The VAC is not involved in the decision making process.

The validity of your passport must extend at least three months after the intended departure from the Schengen territory. Moreover, it must be issued within the previous ten years, and must contain at last two blank pages. Please note that applications will be considered inadmissible, if a passport does not fulfil all three requirements.

Please note preliminary flight booking or travel itinerary should be submitted together with the visa application - It is recommended not to purchase a flight ticket before visa has been granted.

Additional information

NEW MANDATORY ONLINE VISA APPLICATION:  from the 1st July 2019 , you must 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 the cover letter from ApplyVisa and hand in supporting documents at the Visa Application Centre. 

Please note online applications MUST be paid online.

When you have finished the online procedure, you must print out and sign the cover letter, before submitting it to the VAC.

Please note online applications must be submitted at the VAC in person to commence the visa processing itself.

Visa application fees

The application fee is 60 Euro for applicants above twelve years and 35 Euro for children between six and twelve years. Children under the age of six years are exempted from paying the visa fee.

The visa application fee is not refunded if the visa is refused or if the application is withdrawn.

In addition to the visa fee, there is a VAC service fee payable per application.

Visa application fees and VAC service fee: Please contact VFS Global for mode of payment.

Visa application fees – exemptions

School pupils, students, post graduate students and their accompanying teachers for the purpose of study or educational training

Researchers from third world countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research

Applicants who have been awarded scholarships from Danida or other international organizations such as the EU or UN organizations

Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations

Holders of diplomatic and service passports

Family members of EU/EEA citizens

Visas application for family members of persons covered by EU regulations

Family members of an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen, who is exercising his/her right to free movement in Denmark, as well as family members of a Danish citizen, who is exercising or who has exercised his/her right to free movement to relocate to another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, have the right to have a visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations. Read more about visas issued under EU regulations.

Processing time

In accordance with the EU Visa Code, visa applications are generally processed within max. 15 days from the date of receipt at the embassy. If further documentation and/or assessment is required, the processing time may take more than 15 days.

Visa applications which have to be submitted to the Danish Immigration Service (DIS) for further assessment may require additional processing time. Please visit the website of the Danish Immigration Service for further information.

Please note:

  • The Visa Section cannot guarantee that applications submitted at short notice will be processed on time (i.e. less than 15 days)
  • In peak travel periods, applications submitted at a short notice will not, as a rule, be prioritized ahead of applications that have been submitted in time
  • The Embassy does not offer fast tracking
  • Applications are only accepted max. three months prior the planned date of departure

Larger groups of applicants are encouraged to contact the Embassy well in advance before submitting the visa applications.

Prior consultation

Under Article 22 of the Visa Code, a Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of visa applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of such nationals.

Links to the list of the third countries and the specific categrories concerned. When a thrd country is listed it means that at least one member State requriessuch prior consultation.

Travel Medical Insurance

Applicants must provide proof of travel medical insurance covering the full time of their intended visit. The insurance must be valid in all the Schengen Member States. The minimum cover must be EUR 30,000.

The insurance has to cover any expenses, which might arise in connection repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.

Please note that travel medical insurance policy terms and conditions cannot limit the coverage of medical expenses or emergency care based on age, resulting in coverage below the minimum requirement. Please also note that failure to provide adequate travel medical insurance will delay the processing of your visa application.

Please find here a list of Kenyan insurance companies which are approved to provide travel medical insurance for  visa applications.


One passport-size colour photograph, not older than six months is required. See requirements here.

Biometrics – Visa Information system (VIS)

The Visa Information System (VIS) was introduced in Nairobi on 6.6.2013. For Schengen visa applicants this means that you will be asked to give biometric data (10-digit finger scans and digital photograph) when applying for a Schengen visa.

The VIS is a system for the exchange of visa data among Schengen Member States, and which data can be accessed by the Schengen States to secure fast, accurate and secure border controls.

A video about the VIS can be found here

You can also read more about the VIS at the European Commission’s website.

Certain categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to give biometric data:

  • Children under the age of 12
  • Persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible
  • Heads of State and members of national governments with accompanying spouses, members of their official delegations, when they are invited by a government or international organization for an official purpose
  • Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when there are invited by a government or international organization for an official purpose

 Information Sheet - Storage of applicants' biometric data

Airport Transit Visa

An airport transit visa is a permission to transit through the international transit areas of the airports of one or more Schengen States. An airport transit visa only entitles the holder to transit through the international transit areas of the airports in the Schengen States in connection with a stopover, but not to enter the Schengen States.

Citizens of the following countries are required to hold an airport transit visa:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

The application process for an airport transit visa is the same as for a normal Schengen visa.

Avoid other people selling services

Please note that the Embassy only cooperates with VFS Global. The Embassy has no connections or agreements with sellers outside the premises of the Embassy or VFS Global who offer services for payment. No seller can influence either the processing period or the decision.



You can call the Visa Section Mondays and Thursdays between 8.00-9.00am local time, and Wednesdays 14.00-15.00 local time.
Tel: +254 (0)716 151222