Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand need a valid passport to enter Denmark, but they don’t need a visa for tourist stays of less than three months. In addition, no entry visa is needed by citizens of EU and Scandinavian countries.
Citizens of many African, South American, Asian and former Soviet bloc countries do require a visa. The Danish Immigration Service publishes a list of countries whose citizens require a visa at its website at www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/visa/who_needs_visa.htm.
If you’re in the country and have questions on visa extensions or visas in general, contact the Danish Immigration Service: Udlændingestyrelsen (35 36 66 00; www.nyidanmark.dk/da-dk; Ryesgade 53, Copenhagen; 8.30am-noon Mon-Fri, 3.30-5.30pm Thu).
Citizens of EU countries are allowed to stay in Denmark for up to three months while searching for a job and it’s generally straightforward to get a residency permit if work is found. The main stipulation is that the job provides enough income to adequately cover living expenses.
Citizens of other countries are required to get a work permit before entering Denmark. This means first securing a job offer then applying for a work and residency permit from a Danish embassy or consulate while still in your home country; permits are usually limited to people with specialised skills in high demand.