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Apply for a Visa under EU Regulations

Who is covered by the EU Rules?

A family member of an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen has the right to have a visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations, if the family member is accompanying or joining the EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen, while the latter is exercising his/her right to free movement

Application and documentation

Applicants under EU regulations can apply directly at the embassy at short notice. We recommend the applicant call up the embassy in advance to ensure staff and biometric machines are available at the desired time of submission. There is no processing fee, and this type of visa application is processed according to a faster procedure which may only in exceptional cases take longer than 15 days.

Unlike other visa applicants, these applicants are not required to present documentation of travellers health insurance when submitting their application, or documentation that he/she has the necessary funds to pay for the stay in Denmark.

However, the applicant must prove that the EU / EEA citizen or the Swiss citizen has exercised or plans to exercise his right to free movement in connection with entry and residence in Denmark. The applicant must also prove that he is covered by one of the categories of family members listed below.

Thus, the same requirements are not provided for visas for EU rules as for other visa applications. More detailed information can be obtained at the diplomatic mission where the application is submitted.

A visa will normally be issued, unless the applicant is deemed to be a threat to public order, security or health.

Which family members are covered?

The following family members of an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen, who is exercising his/her right to free movement in Denmark, has the right to have a visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations:

  • spouse
  • cohabiting partner aged 18 or over
  • direct descendants under the age of 21 (e.g. children, grandchildren etc.) of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner
  • direct descendants over the age of 21 (e.g. children, grandchildren etc.) of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner who are dependants of of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner
  • older relatives (e.g. parents, grandparents etc.) of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner who are dependants of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or of the spouse/cohabiting partner
  • other family members (e.g. siblings, cousins etc.) if, in the country they relocate from, they are dependants of the EU/EEA citizen/the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen or are members of their household
  • other family members (e.g. parents, grandparents etc.) if serious health issues make it absolutely imperative that the EU/EEA citizen/ the Swiss citizen/the Danish citizen personally take care of the person in question.