Denmark has become more and more popular among Canadians over the past few years. Canadian travellers are flying to Denmark more and more often because Denmark has a lot to offer in terms of festivals, exhibits, and museums. In Denmark you can find the European Museum of the year 2015 Helsingør and discover this unique underwater maritime museum. Traveling in the Danish territory will offer the authentic atmosphere of the Dane's Viking heritage, together with many more UNESCO world heritage sites.
When it comes to accommodation in Denmark, you can find every type of accommodation and hospitality. It is an ideal destination for camping lovers. Camping is a great solution for all those Canadian tourists that want to expose themselves to the wild. Booking a hotel room in Copenhagen can be a bit pricey compared to other destinations but for this reason it is recommended to plan ahead.
Food in Denmark is exceptionally diverse; for budget travellers a Smørrebrød (open sandwiches topped with fish or meat) and Pølser (Danish hot dog version) are great options to have a good meal for a few dollars. Danes are also famous for their cheese and desserts. Many of their desserts like Risalamande, Rødgrød med fløde, and Rababergrød mixes dairy products (mostly cream) and berries. This combination of fresh berries and cream is just delicious.
The capital Copenhagen and the iconic mermaid are a must-see. Copenhagen offers many spots that are worth a visit like the Amalienborg Castle which is the residence of the royal family. Every tourist can observe the changing of the guards and enter the palace.
Copenhagen is also well known for the Tivoli Park, a great destination for its relaxing atmosphere and there are plenty of activities for children.
If you love to shop, the Stroget is the longest shopping street in the city and offers pretty much anything for people hunting for souvenirs of their visit.
A great destination outside the big city is the old town of Aarhus, this angle of Denmark preserves the original medieval look and feel. For Canadian families traveling to Denmark, a visit to Legoland in Billund is recommended. The park has countless numbers of attractions that will satisfy both young and old.
The Island of Bornholm is perfect for nature lovers. This breathtaking and untouched island will leave tourists speechless. The island is known as the pearl of the Baltic Sea and can be visited by taking a ferry connection from the mainland.
Canadian citizens traveling to Denmark for tourism do not need a visa as long as they spend 90 days or less in an Schengen Country. This is because Canadian passport holders are generally visa-exempted and for this reason, they can enter the Schengen area as long as the duration of stay does not exceed 90 days within a 6-month period. For longer duration of stay, an Schengen Visa is mandatory. The Visa is issued directly by the Government of Denmark. If you intend to visit the country for more than 90 days you should contact the local embassy and ask for further information about how to apply for a visa.
There will be a change that has an impact for all the Canadian tourists from 2021 once the European Union is planning to initiate an electronic travel authorization, which is pretty similar to our eTA.
All Canadians planning to visit an Schengen Area Country have to have this electronic visa.
The difference between an Schengen Visa and ETIAS travel authorization is that an Schengen visa is valid only inside the Danish borders but ETIAS can be used during its validation period also to cross the borders with other Schengen Countries.
Tourist traveling in a group must all get a valid travel authorization. There are some requirements for having an authorization:
As a Canadian citizen, you will need to double check that the validity of your passport extends 90 days after your arrival in Denmark.
Proof of funds:
You will need to bring documentation that proves you have sufficient finances to support your entire stay in the region.
You will need to provide a reason and documentation of your travel to the region. This documentation should support your travel itinerary.
You might also need to show additional entry documents depending on the countries you will be traveling to. Be sure to investigate each destination country and any additional paperwork required.
The Etias Travel Authorization is valid for a course of 3 to 5 years (this is currently under discussion and can be altered) and it can be denied at anytime. Because of this, it’s highly recommended to check the validity of the authorization for each traveler if traveling in a group before the departure date. If the validation is expired, it can result in a denied boarding on the day of traveling.
When entering in Denmark, you will still need to show your passport and go through customs. If your entry is permitted, your passport will be stamped at the customs with the date indicating your arrival date into Danish territory.
When your entrance is clear and accepted, you will have free access to move within the Schengen region as long as you do not spend more than 90 days within a 180-day period.