Apply for a laissez-passer (emergency passport) at the Immigration Service
You may be granted a laissez-passer if you want to travel out of the country for a short period of time, but do not hold any other valid travel documentation. You can apply for a laissez-passer at the Immigration Service if your residence permit is granted by the Immigration Service.
Who can apply for a laissez-passer?
The Immigration Service only issues laissez-passer to a very limited extent and your application has to show cause. We do not issue laissez-passer for vacation trips.
You can be granted a laissez-passer if you have a residence permit in Denmark and wish to travel out of the country, but do not hold any other valid travel documentation.
For instance, it may be that you have to travel out of the country in order to apply for a new passport from the authorities in your home country.
What are the requirements?
You must be aware of the following:
- In your application, you have to state the specific reason for why you need a laissez-passer.
- We do not issue laissez-passer if you already hold a valid passport that allows you to travel.
- We only issue the laissez-passer if your home country does not have an embassy or representation in Denmark, or if your home country’s embassy or representation is unable to issue travel documentation for you.
- If you are issued a laissez-passer in order to travel out of the country and apply for a new passport from the authorities in your home country, we expect you to be issued a new passport from your home country during the timespan in which your laissez-passer is valid.
- Generally, we do not issue laissez-passer with a validity that goes beyond 5 days in countries inside Europe and 30 days outside of Europe.
What does a laissez-passer cost?
What you should know before applying
If your residence permit was granted by the Immigration Service, for instance as a refugee or on the grounds of family reunification, the Immigration Service will likewise process your application for laissez-passer.
If your residence permit was granted by SIRI, for instance as an employee, student, intern, au pair, or as an accompanying family member to the aforementioned, SIRI will likewise process your application for laissez-passer. Read more about how you can apply for a laissez-passer at SIRI [Link SIRI LP page)
You do not have to pay a fee in order to hand in an application for laissez-passer.
It is not all countries that acknowledge a Danish laissez-passer. Therefore we cannot issue a laissez-passer to you if you need to travel to the following countries:
- United Arab Emirates
You need to complete the application. You also need to enclose documentation, so it is a good idea to gather it all before you begin.
You may need:
to fill in the application form
You, who is applying, need to fill in the application form
The application form includes detailed instructions for how to fill it in and which types of documentation you can attach.
You can fill in the application form in Word format on your computer before printing it out. The application form is also available as a PDF file that can be printed out and filled in by hand.
Download the printable form PA3:
When you submit an application to the Immigration Service, we will process your personal information. You can read more about your rights and how we process your information in the application form or on this page: Personal data – How we process your data
Please note that the Danish Immigration Service only issues laissez-passer to a very limited extent, and that your application has to show cause. You will be contacted once we have decided whether you may be granted a laissez-passer or not.
When processing your case, we may seek to verify the accuracy of the information you have given. Read more about verification at the Danish Immigration Service
A laissez-passer has to be collected in person at the Immigration Service’s Citizen Service. You have to book an appointment before you can pick it up.
We recommend that you only book an appointment once we have informed you that you may have a laissez-passer.
When you show up in person at the Immigration Service’s Citizen Service you also have to pay the fee for a laissez-passer. You cannot pay for your laissez-passer at newtodenmark.dk
The documentation you need to bring when showing up
When you show up at the Immigration Service’s Citizen Service to collect your laissez-passer, remember to bring the following:
- An approved passport photo. See overview of requirements for passport photos at the police’s website (in Danish only)
- Personal identification (for instance, a driver’s license, birth certificate, passport or a residence permit)