Visa to Denmark not possible until further notice

IMG_20160503_085401Asian tourists trying to obtain a visa to Denmark are in Bangkok met with a sign at the VFS visa center counter saying that it is currently not possible to receive and process visa applications. A major computer breakdown in the Danish government’s IT system is to blame. The problem is global and has affected all visa issuing offices of Denmark around the World.

According to news sources in Denmark, the breakdown in the IT system, which was first noticed on Thursday 28 April, has turned out to be more severe breakdown than the system managers under Statens IT imagined was possible. But there is no loss of data, assures head of immigration in the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Martin Pedersen.

On 2 May, the estimate was that the system would be accessible again on Wednesday 4 May 2016. It this was not possible, an emergency system would be created which should hopefully only take a few days to be setup.

Martin Pedersen says to Danmarks Radio that on an average day, there are 200 – 300 applications for visa to Denmark. It means that if these people are still interested in going to Denmark, there should be a flood of 1200 – 1800 applications coming in to the system, when the system eventually is re-established.


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