Anja Pedersen, Head of the Visa Department at the Royal Danish embassy in Beijing, explained on 4 March 2015 the Danish visa requirements in a meeting with 14 Chinese tourist agencies. Furthermore staff from the Danish visa center in Beijing and the director of Scandinavian Tourism Board participated.
For tourism to Denmark there are three ways to apply:
1. Free Individual Tourists (FIT): These tourists may choose to ask a travel agency to arrange the trip or arrange everything themselves. If an individual tourist has been to Schengen before, they can request the embassy for exemption from personal appearance and they can thereby apply via a third person and they do not have to apply for the visa in person.
2. ADS (Approved Destination Status): Tourists using the ADS-option, which is a group tour, can use the travel agency to arrange itinerary, hotels, transportation and the visa application process. There is no requirement for personal appearance*.
Such groups must travel together at all times and be accompanied by a tour guide.
3. STV (Supplmentary Tourist Visa): A mix between ADS and individual tourism. These tourists can use the travel agency to arrange itinerary, hotels, transportation and the visa application process. There is no requirement for personal appearance *.
Such applicants may travel alone or with others, there are not limits in the number of travellers and the itinerary can be customized to the individual’s wishes.
Tourist visa for Denmark can be applied for at the Danish Visa Centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzou and Chongqing.
*Once biometrics for visa applicants is introduced at a later stage, all travellers, who have not been to Schengen before have to apply in person and have their biometric data recorded.
Photo Photo from the opening of the new visa centre in April 2014 in Beijing. Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen (far left) together with visa consul Anja Pedersen (second from left) and Chinese family that will be visiting Denmark.