Danish visa applications to be quicker

Denmark may make it easier for foreigners to get visas according to a government-backed report supported by the tourist industry and business groups.

Companies approved for the scheme would be able to get the necessary documents for their employees within three days of applying, according to the report’s recommendations.

Businesses would apply for what has been called “red carpet” treatment and once approved would get preferential treatment for their staff. Roughly the same requirements as at present would be necessary to obtain a visa but the application process would be faster.

Government ministers and businesses have welcomed the report on the grounds that it would attract more foreign investment to the country.

It would also be easier for tourists to apply for visas at consulates abroad and sailors would get multiple entry visas allowing them to stop-off in Denmark.

The new system would not require any changes to the laws and could be implemented in the autumn.

Denmark received nearly 100,000 visa applications in 2012 of which four per cent were rejected.