The front cover of a contemporary Danish biometric passport
|Date first issued||1 August 2006 (biometric passport)|
1 January 2012 (current version)
|Issued by||Kingdom of Denmark|
|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Citizens of the Kingdom of Denmark|
|Expiration||2 years and 4 months for children up to the age of 1 |
5 years and 4 months for citizens aged 2–17
10 years and 4 months for individuals above the age of 18
(All passports can be renewed for 1 year within 2 years of original expiration date)
Different versions exist for nationals of Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands although all citizens have the same nationality. Danish nationals residing in Greenland and the Faroe Islands can choose between the Danish EU passport and the local (Greenlandic or Faroese) non-EU passport.
Every Danish citizen (except for those residing in the Faroe Islands) is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport entitles its bearer to freedom of movement in the European Economic Area and Switzerland as provided in Directive 2004/38/EC.
The Danish and Greenlandic versions of the passport have burgundy colour covers, according to the European Union's recommendations, while the Faroese version is green. All contain the Danish Coat of Arms emblazoned in the centre of the front cover, with the word DANMARK (Denmark) above it, and the word PAS (Passport) below. Since 1 August 2006, biometric passports are issued. Above the word DANMARK, the Danish version contains the words DEN EUROPÆISKE UNION (European Union) (as all other EU passports), while in the Greenlandic and Faroese versions the text KALAALLIT NUNAAT (Greenland) or FØROYAR (Faroe Islands) is written. Fields on the bearer's page are in Danish, English, and French, with translations in the official languages of the European Union elsewhere in the document. Instead of French, Faroese or Greenlandic are used in the Faroese and Greenlandic versions respectively. The page contains the following information:
- Photo of the passport holder
- Type (P)
- Passport No.
- Given names
- Nationality (Danish: Dansk, Danish, French: Danoise)
- Date of Birth
- Personal Code Number
- Place of Birth
- Date of issue/expiry (validity is 10 years from date of issue for adults and 5 years for children)
- Authority (usually the municipality in which the holder resides)
- Holder's signature
Passports contain a machine readable strip starting with P>DNK for all types.
Different spellings of the same name
Names containing special letters (æ, ø, å) are spelled the correct way in the non-machine-readable zone, but are mapped in the machine-readable zone, æ becoming AE, ø becoming OE, and å becoming AA. This follows the international machine-readable passport standard.
For example, Gråbøl → GRAABOEL.
Besides the ordinary passport (with PAS on the cover), also 3 versions of blue service passports (TJENESTEPAS) and a single red diplomatic passport (DIPLOMATPAS) are issued. The latter does not bear the text DEN EUROPÆISKE UNION.
In January 2019, Danish citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 187 countries and territories, thus ranking the Danish passport fourth in the world (tied with the passports of Finland, Italy and Sweden) according to the Visa Restrictions Index. According to the World Tourism Organization 2016 report, the Danish passport is first in the world (tied with Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Singapore, and the United Kingdom) in terms of travel freedom, with the mobility index of 160 (out of 215 with no visa weighted by 1, visa on arrival weighted by 0.7, eVisa by 0.5 and traditional visa weighted by 0).
In 2010, an atheist Danish citizen filed a complaint to the Danish Ministry of Justice, due to the passport's inclusion of a picture of the crucifixion of Jesus as shown on the Jelling Stones, arguing that passports should be free of religious symbols. This argument was rejected by leading Danish politicians, arguing that Christianity is a part of Denmark's cultural history, and Christianity was not depicted exclusively, since the passport also includes an image of a dragon motif, likewise taken from the largest Jelling Stone. The passport design including images from the Jelling Stones was introduced in 1997, when the current red design was introduced. Previous Danish passports had been green or beige.
National identity card (lack of)
EU rules allow any citizen of a member country to travel anywhere in the EU without a passport, if they have a national identity card stating citizenship and some other standardised information. Denmark and a few other EU countries do not issue such cards. There has been some political support for introducing such cards since the EU rule was introduced, but this has not yet become a reality.
- Visa requirements for Danish citizens
- Passports of the European Union
- Danish nationality law
- Visa policy in the European Union
- Identity document#Denmark
- European Community Passport (1989 — 1999) Description and images.
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