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Under what circumstances would a foreigner require a re-entry permit? – and for how long?

A foreign national without a valid residence card needs a re-entry permit, if the foreign national - after having left Denmark - subsequently wishes to re-enter Denmark.

A foreigner with a valid residence card, who wishes to travel out of Denmark and subsequently to return to Denmark does not require a re-entry permit. The residence card must, however, be valid at the time of re-entry.

Children of foreign nationals with permanent residency in Denmark, who have not yet received a residence card, can be issued with a residence card by the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. 

Foreign nationals who have submitted an application for a residence permit on new grounds can be granted a re-entry permit. The re-entry permit will be valid for the period of time that corresponds with the foreign national's specific travel needs. Normally a re-entry permit will only be granted if the foreign national's have specific travel needs and the period of time spent outside of Denmark is short.
Foreign nationals who have submitted an application for an extension of a residence permit can be granted a re-entry permit. A re-entry permit will not be granted, if there are circumstances suggesting that the residence permit cannot be extended or the applicant can expect to receive a new residence card based on an extension of the residence permit before the date of departure.

The re-entry permit is granted for a period of time at least equivalent the applicant's specific travel needs, but never for more than 90 days.

The re-entry permit must be issued before the applicant leaves Denmark. A re-entry permit can be issued, if the applicant meets in person at the Danish immigration Service, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration or the police. Remember to bring a valid passport. The re-entry permit will be affixed to a page in your passport.

Last update: 11/27/2015
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