Working Holiday Visa in Denmark

About this visa

Follow 5 Simple Steps to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa in Denmark

This visa helps young travelers from the participating countries to come to Denmark. With this visa you can work and travel in Denmark for up to one year. 

Find out how to apply with our 5 steps guide below.

COVID-19 UPDATE

EU countries are starting to reopen their borders to international travelers. However, before heading off to Europe be sure to double check with the country's Embassy or Consulate in your home country as the EU countries are not legally bound to follow this new EU recommendation.


Participating countries

Denmark has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 7 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of Denmark and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above see where your Passport can take you!


With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • Live in Denmark for up to one year
  • Work for one employer for max. 6 months
  • Study
  • Visit other countries in the Schengen area without a visa

Things to note

Have you been travelling on a working holiday visa to Denmark before?

Then it is not possible for you to be granted a permit for another working holiday stay. Instead try and apply for other residence permit visas. You can see the different options here;

Long stay visas in Denmark


Conditions

  • You must be a Citizen of a participating country
  • You can only apply for this Working Holiday visa once
  • You must be at least 18 years but must not have turned 31 at the time you submit the application
  • You are allowed to work for up to 6 months, but you must not work for the same employer for more than 3 months or take a regular job
  • You are allowed to attend courses or enroll in an educational programme for up to 3 months of your stay in Denmark
  • You can’t bring children with you on a working holiday
  • If you have a partner who wants to come to Denmark, they’ll need to apply for their own visa

Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.


How to apply

  • Normal processing time: 3 months
  • Visa fee: It's free
  1. Gather your visa documentation
  2. Complete the working holiday visa application form
  3. Submit your application here
  4. Take your biometrics by approaching your nearby Danish diplomatic mission or Norwegian diplomatic mission if your country does not have a Danish one
  5. Wait till you receive your answer

For a more detailed checklist of what is applied check the application summary here on Department of Home Affairs’ website – Ny i Danmark.

You can find your nearest Danish diplomatic mission here!

The immigration authority in Denmark for processing Working Holiday visa's is The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

Go to: The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)


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12 thoughts on “Working Holiday Visa in Denmark”

  1. Do you know how long you have to arrive and activate the WHV (from the date of approval)? A lot of countries give you one year to activate it, but I can’t find any info in this for the Danish WHV.
    Cheers

      1. Hi Maria,

        Thanks for responding. Just to confirm, if my application for the WHV gets accepted (I’m Canadian), and then I wait 6 months to arrive in Denmark and start it, do I still then have one year left of my visa when I arrive, or only 6 months? I just can’t find this info in writing anywhere, but yes, most countries give you one year to activate a WHV.

        Thanks for your help!

        1. Hi again!

          No worries.

          You have a full year with this working holiday visa upon your arrival, even when you wait 6 months before travelling to Denmark.

          Hopes this answers help 🙂

          Cheers,
          Maria

  2. Hi there,

    Later this year (if borders are open again) I will be moving to Sweden as my partner has been accepted to do her masters at Lund University. I am on a New Zealander passport so I would need to apply for a working holiday visa.

    However I would like to know about these scenarios.
    – If I am living in Sweden on a Swedish working holiday visa, can I work in Copenhagen?
    – If no – would I need to apply for a Swedish & Danish working holiday visa? So I can live in one country and work in another.
    – Can you have two working holidays visas at once?
    – I can see that in both countries the maximum I can work at one company is 6 months. To get a job would I need to know the native language? Or will English be fine?

    Thanks,

    1. Hi Zac,

      Thank you for this good question!

      You cannot work in Copenhagen, if you have a Swedish Working Holiday visa, and unfortunately you cannot have two working holidays at the same time.
      Would you be able to find work in Sweden? As we would recommend you to work and live in one country due to the current COVID-19 circumstances.
      You don’t have to learn the native language (I am a Dane, who is married to a Kiwi and he hasn’t learned Danish yet after more than 4 years in DK) 🙂

      Cheers,
      Maria

  3. How long does it take for the visa application to be approved if you are Canadian?
    Also, can you do the biometrics portion when you arrive in Denmark?

    Thanks!

  4. I’m from South Korea and would like to apply for Danish working holiday. I’m currently in Denmark, however only have 10 days left out of my 90 permitted days. Will I be allowed to stay in Denmark while waiting for my working holiday visa, with my passport been submitted?

  5. Hi – great site! Do you know if it’s possible to hold multiple working holiday visas at once? Would that be a problem when entering any of the countries I’d have a working holiday for? I’ll be 31 in 5 months, and I thought I might just get a working holiday visa for several countries – maybe as many as Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, UK, Ireland, and decide where to spend most of my time when I get there. Is that silly/potentially problematic?

    1. Hi Marita, thanks! Yes it is possible to hold multiple Working Holiday/Youth Mobility visa’s co-currently though it may be frowned by the immigration office in each additional country when they add a new page insert to your Passport. I would make each additional country aware of your age circumstances prior to handing over your Passport to mitigate this concern; you could probably get away with several before immigration in a given country say that’s enough. 😛

      Be aware that some countries require proof of accomodation in a given country (e.g. Germany) so while it is not a restriction – you could get a hostel owner to fill your residence papers – it is another hurdle to jump through if you intend to hold multiple co-current Working Holiday visa’s. I would contact the Consulate/Embassy in your home country for all of the above mentioned countries and ask them if discussions are underway for increasing the maximum age to 35 years old as has happened for Canadian Citizens in several popular participating countries.

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