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Common Passport Issues

Not all passports are accepted by the Schengen member states, either as a whole or for individual states. Please review the list below to see if your specific passport or travel document is accepted


A passport older than 10 years is not acceptable for visa issuance. The age of a passport is determined from the original date of issuance. Later extensions of the passport are not grounds for exceptions to this rule.

Documents to which a visa cannot be affixed

  • Fantasy passports (examples are "passports" issued by minorities, sects and population groups and identity documents issued by private organisations or individuals).
  • Camouflage passports (Passports of former States no longer in existence).
  • Documents of territories which are not internationally recognised.

Applications with bearers of passports falling within the above categories cannot be decided upon by the Embassy but will instead be submitted for review to the Danish Immigration Service, Migrationsverket, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration or the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.

Approvals are generally based on strong humanitarian or political reasons and if approved, a visa will be issued into a separate document.

Further information is available here (please review "List of known fantasy and camouflage passports").

Specific passports

The following is a non-exhaustive list of limitations for certain passports. The full list of conditions can be found here (please review "Travel documents issued by third countries and territorial entities (Part I)").


  • The Canadian Travel Document (blue) must be signed by the bearer in order to allow entry to Germany. If you transit through a Schengen country on your way to Germany, then a visa is required.
  • The Canadian Certificate of Identity (grey or brown) is only accepted by Denmark for the countries that are represented by the Royal Danish Embassy.


  • Bangladeshi passports in the E-series are not accepted by Denmark for visa issuance. This includes both visitor and transit visas.


  • In order for a Schengen visa to include Germany, a copy of the applicant's Cameroonian identity card must also be submitted.


  • Denmark only recognizes the A and G series passport provided that the issuing authority is indicated as one of the 18 Iraqi provinces or Baghdad.


  • Denmark does not recognise the T-series passport.


  • Denmark only recognises this passport if it contains a stamp with the person's identity, date and place of birth, date and place of issue and expiry data translated into French or English.

Saudi Arabia

  • Denmark only recognises this passport if the applicant presents a validated translation of his/her ID-card, which should indicate birth place.
  • If the passport is issued from 2002 to a person not being of Saudi Arabian nationality, the passport must include a permission to return to Saudi Arabia.


  • The diplomatic Somali passport (Baasaboor Diblomaasi) is recognised only by Norway. All other types of Somali passports are not accepted by any of the countries represented by the Royal Danish Embassy.