Danish passport

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Danish passport
DK Passport Cover.jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Danish biometric passport
Date first issued August 1, 2006 (current biometric version)
Issued by  Kingdom of Denmark
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Danish citizenship
Expiration 28 months for children up to the age of 1
64 months for citizens aged 2-17
124 months for individuals above the age of 18
(All passports can be renewed for 12 more months within 24 months of original expiration date)

Danish passports are issued to citizens of the Kingdom of Denmark to facilitate international travel.

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.[1]

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.

According to the 2014 Visa Restrictions Index, Danish citizens can visit 173 countries without a visa or with a visa granted on arrival.

Physical appearance[edit]

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 (English: Denmark) above it, and the word PAS (English: Passport) below. Since August 1, 2006, biometric passports are issued. Above the word DANMARK, the Danish version contains the words DEN EUROPÆISKE UNION (English: European Union) (as all other EU passports), while in the Greenlandic and Faroese versions the text KALAALLIT NUNAAT (English: Greenland) or FØROYAR (English: 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:[2]

  • Photo of the passport holder
  • Type (P)
  • Passport No.
  • Surname
  • Given names
  • Sex
  • Nationality (Danish: Dansk, English: Danish, French: Danoise)
    • In the Faroe passport with the addition: Dansk/Danskur/Danish-Foroyskur/Faroese[3]
    • In the Greenlandic passport is the first page in Greenlandic, Danish and English, and the text on pages 1 and 2 are not in so many different languages, as in the Danish[4]
  • Height
  • 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.

Three images of the covers of passports
The front cover of a contemporary biometric Danish diplomatic passport, biometric Faroese passport and biometric Greenlandic passport.


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.

Visa requirements[edit]

Countries and territories with visa-free entries or visas on arrival for holders of regular Danish passports

In 2014, Danish citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 173 countries and territories, thus ranking the Danish passport 2nd in the world (tied with Canadian) according to the Visa Restrictions Index.[5]

Fees (as of 2012*)[edit]

Document Adult (18 and over) Children (under 18) Senior (65+)
32 pages DKK 625 DKK 140 DKK 375
Validity 10 years 5 years 10 years


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.[6] 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.[7] The passport design including images from the Jelling Stones was introduced in 1997,[8] when the current red design was introduced. Previous Danish passports had been green or beige.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Passport - Greenlandic and Danish". Sullissivik. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Danish Passport AO4001". Council of the European Union. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Danish (Faroese) Passport AO4002". Council of the European Union. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Danish (Greenlandic) Passport AO-05003". Council of the European Union. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Global Ranking - Visa Restriction Index 2014" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Complaint over passport Jesus". Danmarks Radio website. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jesus skal blive i det danske pas". Dagbladet Information (in Danish). 2 March 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Adriansen, Inge (2003). Nationale symboler i det Danske Rige (in Danish) 2. Museum Tusculanums Forlag. p. 369.