Denmark’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians

Denmark’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians
Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Daniel Jurin on Pexels.com.

If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 30 years old, you can apply for a Working Holiday visa for Denmark. (This age limit will soon increase to 35!)

This allows you to live in Denmark for up to 12 months, during which time you can undertake temporary work, study and travel within the Schengen Area. You are also entitled to enrol in subsidised Danish language classes.

However, you may only study for up to 3 months and work for a maximum of 6 months with this type of visa – and you cannot work more than 3 months for the same employer. You also cannot undertake “independent business activities”.

This page contains information about the Danish Working Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 15 June 2022.

Denmark repealed the suspension of its working holiday visa program on 30 October 2021, meaning it is now once again possible to apply for a Danish working holiday visa! See the New to Denmark website for more information.

Key facts about Denmark

  • Population: Approx. 6 million
  • Official language: Danish
  • Capital city: Copenhagen
  • Largest cities: Copenhagen, Arhus, Odense, Aalborg, Frederiksberg
  • Name of the country in Danish: Danmark
  • Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
Copenhagen metro
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Denmark Working Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

In addition to Australians, Denmark offers working holiday visas to citizens of Argentina, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand & South Korea.

The information on this page applies to Australian citizens. Please check the New to Denmark website for information applicable to citizens of other countries.

To apply for a Danish Working Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Have at least DKK18,000 (~AU$3,700) in funds
  • Have a return ticket to Denmark or enough money to purchase a flight home (at least DKK5,000, or ~AU$1,020)

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Will be accompanied by dependent children
  • Have already completed a working holiday in Denmark

More information is available on the New to Denmark website.

Documents needed to apply for this visa

When applying for a Working Holiday Visa for Denmark as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Passport valid for at least 3 months after you intend to leave Denmark
  • Payment receipt for the visa processing fee
  • Copy of all pages of your passport, including all blank pages and the front & back covers
  • Proof of a return flight ticket to Denmark (or at least the equivalent of DKK5,000 to purchase one)
  • Bank statement/s showing you have the equivalent of at least DKK18,000 to support yourself initially in Denmark

The working holiday program agreement between Australia and Denmark does not require Australian citizens to provide proof of health insurance due to the reciprocal healthcare agreement between the two countries. However, travel/health insurance is highly recommended.

The visa processing fee is DKK1,890 (~AU$385).

How to apply for a Denmark Working Holiday Visa

You may apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Denmark online (recommended) up to 6 months before you intend to arrive in Denmark. You could also apply at a Danish embassy/consulate abroad, or at a Norwegian embassy if there is no Danish mission in your country. It is also possible to apply at a SIRI branch office in Denmark, but only if you are already legally residing in Denmark and/or have not yet used up your 90-day visa-exempt period in the Schengen Area.

Applications are completed online to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) and the entire process takes around 3 months.

The first step is to create a Case Order ID on the New to Denmark website and pay the processing fee. Then, gather all the required documents and submit your online application form.

If you are in Australia, you’ll need to then visit a VFS Global visa application centre in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide or Canberra to submit documents such as your passport and provide biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) within 14 days. (See the Danish embassy website for more details.) If you are already in Denmark, you can visit a SIRI office and in other countries, you can visit a Danish or Norwegian embassy/mission.

Once you’ve completed the application form and provided biometric data, you can expect to receive a decision within 3 months.

See the New to Denmark website for more information on the application process.

Arriving in Denmark

After arriving in Denmark, there are a number of things you’ll need to do to set up your new life there. One of the first things is to find a place to live.

Once you’ve moved into a new house or apartment, you’ll then be able to apply for a Central Person Register (CPR) number. This will allow you to do things like opening a bank account or going to the doctor in Denmark, and is compulsory if you’re staying in the country for more than three months. You may also need to get a tax card and NemID, among other things.

The Life in Denmark website contains lots of useful information about moving to Denmark. We’d highly recommend reading it.


While best efforts are made to keep this information updated, we do not guarantee its accuracy. If you spot an error, would like to suggest new information to be added or simply have a question, please let us know in the comments and we’ll endeavour to respond or update the article as quickly as possible!

7 thoughts on “Denmark’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians

  1. Hi there, I’m currently 34 turning 35 in November, and considering applying for the Danish working holiday visa as it will be extended to 35 years (inclusive) from July 1st. I see the application process time is up to 3 months. Does this mean that I am able to apply at 35 in the last 3 or 4 months before I turn 36, as long as it is approved and I’m in Denmark by my 36th birthday? Thanks.

  2. Hello there, I was looking for holiday working visa, but my age was over I’m 41 this year, there is any option for me to apply for work there. I work at a chef in Australia.

    Thanks

  3. Hey,
    I checked the danish website and there is no mention of increasing the age, i even contacted the danish embassy they said they have not been informed about such changes.

    1. Hi there. This information came from the Australian government’s Home Affairs website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/whm-program/latest-news

      It says:

      “From 1 July 2022 the age limit for Italian and Danish citizens wanting to work and travel in Australia will increase by five years – from 30 to 35 years of age. Australian citizens up to the age of 35 will also benefit from reciprocal arrangements with Italy and Denmark.”

      So, the age limit for Danish citizens coming to Australia will increase from today. Perhaps it will take a little longer for the same to apply in reverse, but that is what has been agreed and advised by the Australian government.

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