Denmark and Iceland come under Schengen. But Greenland and Faroe Islands do not come under Schengen and you will need to mention that in the form and cover letter that you are visiting these areas while applying for Denmark visa.
Greenland visa for Indians is not that complicated. I applied through VFS in Mumbai. Check the site http://dk.vfsglobal.co.in/ for the required documents and the fees. The site has everything mentioned in detail. Let me add a few extra points from my experience:
- If you are applying for Greenland, Faore Islands or Iceland, you need to apply via the Denmark Embassy. So, in the VFS office, you will be submitting your documents at the Denmark Counter.
- Apply for multiple entry visa if Greenland and Faroe Islands are part of your itinerary.
- There is a checklist on the vfs website. Ensure you have all the documents listed on this checklist and you should have no issues in getting the visa.
- Laptops are not allowed inside the VFS office. I didn’t know this and had to use their ridiculously over-priced locker of Rs. 200. What a scam!!
- The site says photos to be taken with a plain light-coloured background. In reality, they want only white background. I had a light blue background and had to retake the photos. There is a photo booth inside the office, which charges Rs.150 for 8 photos. Also, there is a photocopy machine available. Not sure about the charges.
- After submitting the documents, you need to go to the payment counter to pay the fees. Here, you might encounter a long queue. If you are applying for your own visa, tell the executive standing near the payment counter that you are the applicant and want to pay the fees. This is because the queue is usually occupied by travel agents who are applying for 10-15 passports.
- After paying the fees, provide the receipt to the counter where you submitted the documents. They will give you a final receipt, which has a number that you can use to track the progress of your application online. Remember to bring this receipt when you go to collect your passport.
- I got the visa in one week – 5 working days to be precise. That’s a pretty fast response with amount of applications they handle each day.
The VFS service for Schengen visas was pretty good. Even their customer support is quite good and helpful.
Now some FAQs regarding Schengen Visa:
I am visiting Iceland for 10 days but I have a stopover first at Netherlands (also a Schengen country) for 13 hours. As Netherlands is technically the 1st Schengen country that I will be landing, should I go to the Netherlands Consulate for the Schengen Visa?
If you have two Schengen countries in your trip, the Consulate of the country where you will be staying for the maximum number of days in this trip, will be the one who will provide you the Schengen Visa. In this case, you need to contact the Iceland Consulate. If you are spending equal number of day in two Schengen countries, then the country that you will visit first will be where you need to apply for visa.
During my stopover at Netherlands airport, can I exit the airport and travel in Netherlands? Do I need a separate transit visa?
Yes, you can exit the airport provided you have a Schengen visa for the valid period. You do not need a separate transit visa.
My final destination is Iceland but I have a stopover before that in London (non-Schengen country). Do I need a separate transit visa for stopover at London airport?
Yes, a stopover in a non-Schengen country will need a transit visa. Your Schengen visa won’t be enough for you to make a stopover in a non-Schengen country. If you have stopovers, try to book flights that stopovers at Schengen countries. If not possible, apply for the transit visas of the stopover countries before the journey.
What is the difference between a single entry, double entry, and multiple entry in a Schengen visa?
In a single entry visa, you can visit as many Schengen countries in one visit without exiting Schengen area in between. For e.g , in a single entry, I can travel from India to France and then Germany – Denmark – France and then back to India. But I cannot visit Faroe Islands and Greenland after Denmark as that would mean exiting the Schengen area. In simple words, once you exit a Schengen area, your single entry visa is terminated.
In a double entry visa, I can visit Faroe Islands and Greenland and again come back to Denmark.
In a multiple entry visa, as the title says you can enter and exit the schengen area as many times you want. And that’s what I always recommend to apply.
The Schengen visa asks for hotel bookings but I will be camping during my entire stay. How do I mention this in my application?
This is one document I think does not make any sense. Online sites provide you hotel bookings with free cancellations, so what is the point of providing these stupid documents.
There is no clear rule written anywhere about camping. I had camped in Iceland and Greenland and I didn’t provide any hotel bookings. I mentioned in my coverletter that I will be camping. Also, in the application form, I provided the addresses of the campsites. I didn’t face any problems so far but that was my personal choice. If you are hesitant to apply without hotel bookings, you can provide the fake hotel bookings.