Denmark’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians
If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 35 years old, you can apply for a Working Holiday visa for Denmark.
This visa allows you to live in Denmark for up to 12 months. During this time you can undertake temporary work and study in Denmark, and travel within the Schengen Area. You are also entitled to enrol in subsidised Danish language classes.
However, you may only study for up to 3 months and work for a maximum of 6 months with this type of visa – and you cannot work more than 3 months for the same employer. You also cannot undertake “independent business activities”.
This page contains information about the Danish Working Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 21 December 2022.
Key facts about Denmark
- Population: Approx. 6 million
- Official language: Danish
- Capital city: Copenhagen
- Largest cities: Copenhagen, Arhus, Odense, Aalborg, Frederiksberg
- Name of the country in Danish: Danmark
- Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
Denmark Working Holiday Visa requirements for Australians
In addition to Australians, Denmark offers working holiday visas to citizens of Argentina, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand & South Korea.
The information on this page applies to Australian citizens. Please check the New to Denmark website for information applicable to citizens of other countries.
To apply for a Danish Working Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:
- Aged between 18-35 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
- Have at least DKK18,000 (~AU$3,800) in funds
- Have a return ticket to Denmark or enough money to purchase a flight home (at least DKK5,000, or ~AU$1,050)
- Have adequate travel insurance
You cannot apply for this visa if you:
- Will be accompanied by dependent children
- Have already completed a working holiday in Denmark
More information is available on the New to Denmark website.
Documents needed to apply for this visa
When applying for a Working Holiday Visa for Denmark as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Passport valid for at least 3 months after you intend to leave Denmark
- Payment receipt for the visa processing fee
- Copy of all pages of your passport, including all blank pages and the front & back covers
- Proof of a return flight ticket to Denmark (or at least the equivalent of DKK5,000 to purchase one)
- Bank statement/s showing you have the equivalent of at least DKK18,000 to support yourself initially in Denmark
The working holiday program agreement between Australia and Denmark does not require Australian citizens to provide proof of health or travel insurance. However, travel/health insurance is highly recommended.
The visa processing fee is DKK1,890 (~AU$400).
How to apply for a Denmark Working Holiday Visa
You may apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Denmark online (recommended) up to 6 months before you intend to arrive in Denmark. You could also apply at a Danish embassy/consulate abroad, or at a Norwegian embassy if there is no Danish mission in your country. It is also possible to apply at a SIRI branch office in Denmark, but only if you are already legally residing in Denmark and/or have not yet used up your 90-day visa-exempt period in the Schengen Area.
If you apply more than 6 months before your intended arrival date, your application can be refused and no refund will be issued.
Applications are completed online to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) and the entire process takes around 3 months.
The first step is to create a Case Order ID on the New to Denmark website and pay the processing fee. Then, gather all the required documents and submit your online application form.
If you are in Australia, you’ll need to then visit a VFS Global visa application centre in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide or Canberra to submit documents such as your passport and provide biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) within 14 days. (See the Danish government’s website for more details.) If you are already in Denmark, you can visit a SIRI office and in other countries, you can visit a Danish or Norwegian embassy/mission.
Once you’ve completed the application form and provided biometric data, you can expect to receive a decision within 3 months.
See the New to Denmark website for more information on the application process.
Arriving in Denmark
After arriving in Denmark, there are a number of things you’ll need to do to set up your new life there. One of the first things is to find a place to live.
Once you’ve moved into a new house or apartment, you’ll then be able to apply for a Central Person Register (CPR) number. This will allow you to do things like opening a bank account or going to the doctor in Denmark, and is compulsory if you’re staying in the country for more than three months. You may also need to get a tax card and NemID, among other things.
The Life in Denmark website contains lots of useful information about moving to Denmark. We’d highly recommend reading it.
While best efforts are made to keep this information updated, we do not guarantee its accuracy. If you spot an error, would like to suggest new information to be added or simply have a question, please let us know in the comments and we’ll endeavour to respond or update the article as quickly as possible!
32 thoughts on “Denmark’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians”
Hi there, I’m currently 34 turning 35 in November, and considering applying for the Danish working holiday visa as it will be extended to 35 years (inclusive) from July 1st. I see the application process time is up to 3 months. Does this mean that I am able to apply at 35 in the last 3 or 4 months before I turn 36, as long as it is approved and I’m in Denmark by my 36th birthday? Thanks.
Hi Tara, you would just need to be within the age limit at the time of your application. So, after 1 July 2022 (when the age limit is increased from 30 to 35 inclusive), you could apply for this visa any time until the day before your 36th birthday.
See also: https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-GB/You-want-to-apply/Working-Holiday/Working-Holiday
Hello there, I was looking for holiday working visa, but my age was over I’m 41 this year, there is any option for me to apply for work there. I work at a chef in Australia.
There is an age limit of 30 (this will shortly change to 35) for the Danish working holiday visa if you’re an Australian citizen. However, you might be able to get another type of visa.
Have a look at: https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-GB/You-want-to-apply
I checked the danish website and there is no mention of increasing the age, i even contacted the danish embassy they said they have not been informed about such changes.
Hi there. This information came from the Australian government’s Home Affairs website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/whm-program/latest-news
“From 1 July 2022 the age limit for Italian and Danish citizens wanting to work and travel in Australia will increase by five years – from 30 to 35 years of age. Australian citizens up to the age of 35 will also benefit from reciprocal arrangements with Italy and Denmark.”
So, the age limit for Danish citizens coming to Australia will increase from today. Perhaps it will take a little longer for the same to apply in reverse, but that is what has been agreed and advised by the Australian government.
Ham, the increase to the age limit has now been implemented 🙂
I am 31 and want to go live in Denmark for 1 year on the Working Holiday Visa. My Husband is 37 so is not able to qualify for the visa, can he come with me on an accompanying family members visa?
Unfortunately no, the working holiday visa does not entitle you to bring accompanying family members. Your husband would need to qualify for a different type of visa on his own merit.
Also, please note that the increased age limit from 30 to 35 for Australian working holiday makers in Denmark doesn’t seem to have come into effect yet (despite the announcement from the Australian government a couple of months ago, and the fact that Danish citizens aged up to 35 can now access working holiday visas in Australia).
Any idea when the new age limit increase will take effect in denmark as well ?
I don’t know for sure, sorry. It should have been 1 July 2022 but the Danish government has not updated its website yet with the higher age limit and the embassy doesn’t seem to have been informed yet of the change.
Nos, the age limit has now officially increased 🙂
Hi there, does the working holiday visa permit for Denmark allow unrestricted access to the rest of the Schengen area for the duration of the 12 month working holiday visa period? (i.e. the tourist visa limit of a maximum of 90 days per 180 doesn’t apply?)
You can travel to other parts of the Schengen Area during your time in Denmark, however you would need to spend the majority of your time in Denmark and you may also only live & work in Denmark. In other words,I don’t think you could just get a Danish working holiday visa and then spend the next 12 months in other Schengen countries.
My son is 38, too old for a working holiday visa , his grandmother was born in Denmark not grandfather but great grandparents were born there, we still have many family members, my aunt and uncle, cousins etc living there. My aunt and uncle have offered for him to live with them for as long as he likes. My question is what are his chances of getting some kind of working visa or schooling to learn Danish as from what I read both grandparents have to be Danish and only 1 is, grandfather was born in the Netherlands , thanks, hope my question made sense
Hi Karin. Unfortunately he won’t be able to get a working holiday visa for the reason you’ve identified. He may be eligible for another type of visa but that’s not something we cover here, sorry.
Is the rule that you have to apply for the visa, receive it, and enter the relevant country prior to turning 36? Or is the rule only relevant to applying and receiving the visa prior to turning 36, with entry valid afterward? (although if I’m not mistaken you have to demonstrate that you’ve made a booking as part of the application process?)
The New to Denmark website says you must be aged 18-35 (inclusive) at the time you submit the application.
Thanks you for your effort running this website.
As you mentioned, “The working holiday program agreement between Australia and Denmark does not require Australian citizens to provide proof of health insurance due to the reciprocal healthcare agreement between the two countries.”
Does that mean that we could access health services there?
My apologies, there was a slight error in this guide which I have now corrected. The reason Australians are not required to provide proof of health insurance is that the working holiday agreement between Australia and Denmark does not provide for this as a visa requirement. This is stated here – https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-GB/You-want-to-apply/Working-Holiday/Working-Holiday?anchor=howtoapply
However, Denmark and Australia do not have a reciprocal healthcare agreement (the guide previously said incorrectly that this was the case – sorry) so you would still need to purchase insurance or get a health card in Denmark (for example) to access health services.
It is highly recommended to purchase travel/health insurance, even though it’s not an explicit visa requirement for Denmark.
The Life In Denmark website might also have useful info on getting a Danish health card – https://lifeindenmark.borger.dk
Do you have any links for job recruiters in Denmark? With a particular focus on graduate built environment work, e.g. local government and urban planning; I’ve heard of Carrington West in the UK but don’t believe they operate in Denmark. Also, is there any expectation of Danish proficiency in the workplace or is English generally sufficient? Cheers!
On your first question, this isn’t something we provide sorry.
Regarding Danish proficiency, I believe it is possible to work in Denmark with English although it may limit the jobs available to you. For the kind of work you’d typically do on a working holiday visa, such as working in a bar/restaurant/hostel, English would be fine. In some professional environments, English would also likely be fine as there are many international people living in Denmark. But as you cannot work for more than 3 months with the same employer with a working holiday visa, this visa is not intended for people doing professional work similar to what you describe.
Out of curiosity, is it possible to use a working holiday visa, and at the end of the 12 month period, immediately switch to a visitor visa in order to extend the trip? Or would such ‘consecutive visa’ usage not be permitted?
I’ve answered this question here – https://workingholiday.au/ireland-working-holiday-visa/#comment-5904
Please kindly refrain from posting the same question on multiple articles.
Does anyone know what the approval process looks like? I’m hoping to apply from Australia, but I won’t be here in 2-3 months time. If I get approved, do I need to go anywhere in person, or is it solely an electronic process?
It should be possible to submit your application from outside of Australia. You’ll still need to have your biometric information recorded (in person) at a Danish diplomatic mission abroad (or SIRI office) within 14 days after submitting your application online. See https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-GB/You-want-to-apply/Working-Holiday/Working-Holiday?anchor=howtoapply
There is a list of places where you can do this on the New to Denmark website – https://um.dk/en/travel-and-residence/where-to-apply
Hello Matt & Forum.
I’ve applied for my Danish Working Holiday Visa via VFS in Melbourne.
It’s not clear to me how i will receive my visa. I’ve had a look on the various websites, you would think its electronic, but i cant find and answer. I’ve contacted VFS and waiting for an answer.
Has anyone had their visa granted recently and how did they receive this?
VGS will text / email me when my visa is processed, but is the visa an electronic authorisation via email for example or an old school sticker that is issued for your passport?
You’ll get a sms & then a parcel. Don’t be excited, it’ll have your passport from danish embassy.
Second parcel will have your permit! Went through vfs Melb myself & found them useless. Them called me few days saying I didn’t sign their form lol
You can track you application by this link:
Thanks for your work.
I understood that one can apply for the visa before turning 36. However, does that mean if I apply for the visa say 6 months before turning 36, I will get 1 year visa and I can work even when I have crossed 36 years of age.
OR I will only get working visa of 6 months and I have stop working after my 36th birthday?
You just have to apply before your 36th birthday. If you then turn 36 mid-way through the year during your stay in Denmark, you can still stay in the country for the full 12 months until your visa expires.
Thanks for your response…that helps a lot to plan ahead.🙏