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How to read your Visa Sticker

If you have been granted a visa, there are several pieces of information on the visa sticker that are important. Please read the below guide for more details.

"Visa sticker"

 

1.

This line states which Schengen member states the visa is valid for. The countries listed in the brackets are countries that do not recognise your passport or travel document and have therefore been restricted from the visa. The restrictions are based on this list maintained by the European Union, based on feedback from the Schengen member states.

You cannot transit or visit any of the countries listed in this bracket.

In certain situations, a national visa is issued, listing only one country that has given approval for the visa to be issued. This means that you can only travel to that specific country and cannot transit or visit any other Schengen states. The only exception is if your visa is type D (an entry visa), which does allow for transit. Please see #4.

2. The earliest date of entry allowed for your visa. If you enter Schengen prior to this date, future Schengen visa applications are subject to further review, possible refusal and you may be quarantined for three to five years. The processing time for future visa applications may also be extended to 30-60 days.
3. This is the latest date of departure from the Schengen area. If you depart Schengen after this date, future Schengen visa applications are subject to further review, possible refusal and you may be quarantined for three to five years The processing time for future visa applications may also be extended to 30-60 days.

Please note:

The dates range listed in #2 and #3 does not allow you to stay in the Schengen area for that full time period. Visas are generally issued with a 15 day grace period, which allows for flexibility in terms of your travel dates, however these are not 15 extra days that you are allowed to spend in the Schengen area.

Please see #6.

4.

The following visa types are available:

  • A visa: Allows for a transit through an international airport in a Schengen member state. More information about transit visas and their limitations available here.
  • C visa: Allows entry into the Schengen area for the purpose of short term visits.
  • D visa: Allows entry into a Schengen member state you have been granted a residence permit for. This visa will allow you to transit through other Schengen member states.
5. The amount of entries allowed into the Schengen area for this visa. You can be issued 1, 2 or multiple entries. Documentation for future trips must be provided to be eligible for two or more entries.
6.

The total amount of days you are allowed in the Schengen area. Your stay must fall within the date range listed in #2 and #3.

If you stay longer than the amount of days listed here, future Schengen visa applications are subject to further review and possible refusal. The processing time for future visa applications may also be extended to 30-60 days. Depending on the amount of days you stay too long, you could risk being banned for 3-5 years.

For long term multiple entry visas, the amount of days granted will typically be 90. This means that you are allowed in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days per six month period within the duration of the visa validity.

7. The issuing authority of your visa. All visas for the countries we represent in Canada are issued in Ottawa.
8. The date your visa was issued.
9. Your passport number. Visas are issued to specific passports and cannot be transferred into a new passport. It is, however, possible to travel with a valid visa in an old passport, along with a new passport as long as the visa itself has not been cancelled, ie. by being stamped, hole punched, cut or otherwise damaged.
10.

Your surname and first name(s).

If your name is too long to fit on the sticker, it will be abbreviated to fit.

11.

The remarks field can contain several pieces of information:

  • VIS: Denotes that your biometrics were obtained or available for reuse on this visa.
  • R/: Denotes that the visa was issued for a Schengen member state represented by the Royal Danish Embassy. We represent Iceland, Norway and Sweden in Canada.
  • If you are travelling to Greenland or the Faroe Islands, this will be remarked here as well.
12. Your photo will be printed here.

 

Should you have any questions regarding the information printed on your visa, which is not covered in the above table, please do not hesitate to contact us at ottambconsular@um.dk.