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The tourist entry requirements for Greenland are similar to the entry requirements for Denmark, but be aware that Greenland is not in the EU or a party to the pan-European Schengen visa agreement. To enter Greenland, citizens of Nordic countries need only a valid identification card. Three-month visa-free stays are available to citizens of EU nations, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Brunei, Israel and several central-European and Latin American countries. Most ex-Soviet and African nationals require a Danish visa. South Africans should apply at the Royal Danish Embassy (12-430 9340, 342 7620; www.denmark.co.za; Parioli Office Park, Block B2, Ground Fl, 1166 Park St, Hatfield 0028, Pretoria, South Africa) or the Danish consulate in Cape Town.

It is a requirement that all tourists applying for Danish visas must show bank-account details proving 'sufficient funds', a confirmed itinerary with accommodation bookings (or detailed explanations if you plan to camp) and proof of medical insurance coverage of at least €30, 000. Before the visa is issued you'll also be expected to show a return ticket, though buying one isn't advised until the visa is approved. Note that you're supposed to apply in your country of residence. The Dkr260-equivalent application fee won't be refunded in case of visa refusal. Full regulations are listed on www.udlst.dk but upon consultation may prove to be somewhat flexible according to specific circumstances. The addresses of Danish embassies are listed on www.um.dk.

Technically, even those tourists who aren't required to have a visa must show that they have 'sufficient funds' for their intended length of stay. However, customs and immigration formalities are normally rudimentary or nonexistent if you're entering Greenland on a standard flight from Denmark or Iceland, unless you look particularly different.