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  • 25 June 2013

Red Carpet initiative to cut visa red tape

New Red Carpet initiative is to cut entry visa red tape in Denmark. Visa in three days for business people is part of the proposed policy change.

From before the end of 2013, Danish Embassies and Consulates General will be able to pre-approve companies and grant their associates an entry visa in just three days under an arrangement called ‘Red Carpet’.

At the recommendation of an inter-ministerial commission, the Danish government will introduce new entry visa procedures and improve corporation and inter-state trade possibilities between Danish and international companies. Advantages under Red Carpet include:

  • Application processing in three days.
  • Relaxation of requirements for documentation.
  • Visa without identification and application in person.
  • Possibility of access for multiple entries over longer periods than today.

In 2014, the new practice may be extended to cover foreign representative offices depending on agreements and legislation that must be altered accordingly.

The maritime industry also to benefit
Other proposals of the commission point to sailors who will be met with greater flexibility at entry or transit in Denmark. Within the Schengen-scheme sailors are to be granted multiple entry visas with an expiry of up to five years. Crew change involving transit via airports will be simplified. Crew signing on can obtain an emergency visa at the airport. The crew signing off can travel directly from the ship and to the airport on transit papers issued by the police without a visa.

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