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The Faroe Islands and Greenland

If you plan on making a short-term visit (up to 90 days) to the Faroe Islands or Greenland, you must have a visa that is valid for entry into the Faroe Islands and/or Greenland, if you come from a country with a visa requirement.

A visa to enter Denmark or another Schengen country is not valid for entry into the Faroe Islands or Greenland. Neither Greenland nor the Faroe Islands are members of the EU and they are not parties to the Schengen Agreement.

If you need a visa to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland, you will most likely also need a Schengen visa, since most travel to these two countries goes through a Schengen country, such as Denmark. 

Citizens from visa free countries do not need a visa.

Find out whether citizens of your country need a visa to enter the Schengen area.

Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are free to enter, reside, study and work on the Faroe Islands and in Greenland. 

Conditions and application

In general, if you qualify for a Danish visa, you also qualify for a visa to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland. The application procedure for visas to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland is the same as for a Danish visa. If you are seeking to obtain a visa to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland, as well as a Schengen visa, you only need to submit a single application. 

Read more about applying for a visa

Visas to enter the Faroe Islands and Greenland are issued by Danish diplomatic missions abroad or the Danish Immigration Service. 

Important exceptions: 

  • A Danish/Schengen visa does not give permission to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland
  • Residence permits, residence cards and D visas, whether issued by Denmark or another Schengen country, do not give permission to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland
  • An ID card issued by an EU or Schengen country that is valid for entry into Denmark does not give permission to enter Greenland. Such individuals will require a passport to travel to Greenland
  • Individuals with a visa valid only for entry to the Faroe Islands or Greenland are not required to possess travellers’ health insurance

Holders of Danish residence permits who require a visa to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland

Foreigners with a temporary residence permit in Denmark on the grounds of asylum, family reunification etc. and foreigners with permanent residence permit who requires a visa and who wants to visit the Faroe Islands and Greenland must contact the Danish Immigration Service or the police and request an entry permit for the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Foreigners with a temporary residence permit in Denmark on the grounds of work, study, au pair etc. who requires a visa and who wants to visit the Faroe Islands and Greenland must contact the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration or the police and request an entry permit for the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

If you entered Denmark on a visa or residence permit issued by another Schengen country

You must apply for a visa to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland before you arrive in Denmark. In certain cases, the Immigration Service or the police can issue a permit if you are already in Denmark.

In such cases, you must declare the purpose of your visit to the Faroe Islands/Greenland, possess a ticket or other documentation for the planned trip  and state why you did not apply for a visa before entering Denmark. 

Holders of residence permits valid for the Faroe Islands or Greenland who need a visa to travel to Denmark

If you hold a residence permit valid for the Faroe Islands or Greenland, you will need a visa to enter Denmark. Such individuals do not need supplementary travellers’ insurance in order to enter Denmark.

Such individuals must also have a visa if they wish to travel to another Schengen country. Supplementary travellers’ insurance is also required, unless you have refugee status in Greenland. 

An application for a visa to enter Denmark or a Schengen country must be submitted to the police on the Faroe Islands or in Greenland, who will then send it to the Immigration Service. 

Extension

In certain cases, a visa giving you permission to enter the Faroe Islands or Greenland can be extended beyond the 90-day validity period. Extensions can be granted to, among others, individuals visiting a spouse, partner, fiancé(e), boyfriend, girlfriend, child, parents or siblings, or in the event of serious illness. An application to extend your visa must be submitted to the police on the Faroe Islands or in Greenland, who will then send it to the Immigration Service.






Last update: 7/18/2016
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