VISA requirements

for foreigners visiting Greenland

If you are a citizen of one of the countries below, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Greenland.

Citizens of countries marked with an asterisk (*) must have biometric passports (e-passports) to qualify as visa-free.

A

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Albania*

Argentina

Australia

Austria

B

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Bosnia-Herzegovina*

Brazil

Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria

C

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

D

Dominica

E

El Salvador

Estonia

F

Finland

France

G

Georgia*

Germany

Greece

Grenada

Guatemala

H

Honduras

Hungary

Hong Kong

I

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Italy

J

Japan

K

Kiribati

L

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

M

Malaysia

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova*

Monaco

Montenegro*

N

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

North Macedonia* Northern Marianas

Norway

P

Palau

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Poland

Portugal

R

Romania

S

Samoa

San Marino

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Serbia*

Seychelles

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Korea

Spain

St. Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Sweden

Switzerland

T

Timor-Leste

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

U

Ukraine* 

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

V

Vanuatu

Vatican City State

Venezuela

If you are a citizen of a country other than the ones listed above (or do not have a biometric passport where one is required), you can learn about the visa requirements for entering Greenland here.

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Getting to Greenland

Currently, there are two different ways to get to Greenland: via Denmark, or via Iceland.

This means you also need to check whether you need a visa for the country where you transfer.

If you travel to Greenland via Denmark

If you are from a country with visa requirements to enter Denmark, you will also need to apply for a visa to Denmark. As a rule of thumb, you need to apply for permission to enter Greenland at the same time as you apply for your Danish visa, at the Danish embassy (or visa application office) in your home country.

Air Greenland airplanes waiting for takeoff in Kangerlussuaq. Photo by Filip Gielda, Visit Greenland

Skiers getting ready to go ski touring in East Greenland. Photo by Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

If you travel to Greenland via Iceland (without entering Denmark)

If you can travel to Greenland via Iceland without having to enter Denmark, you may also need a visa for Iceland. Unlike with the Danish visa, this cannot be done at the same place and same time as your Greenlandic visa. Check the Icelandic government’s website for information on visas to Iceland. For your visa to Greenland, you can apply at the Danish embassy (or visa application office) in your home country.

Greenland is not a member of the EU and the Schengen agreement

A visa to enter Denmark or another Schengen country is not valid for entry into Greenland. Greenland is not a member of the EU and is not a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that, if you are a citizen of a country with a visa requirement but have a Schengen visa, you still need to apply separately and specifically for permission to enter Greenland.

Erfalasorput - Greenland's flag on a sunny day in South Greenland among rocks and flowers. Photo by Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Airplane wing. Photo by Aningaaq R Carlsen - Visit Greenland

Special passports

If you have a diplomatic passport, service passport, official passport or special passport, you may qualify as visa-free, even if you are a citizen of a country with a visa requirement. Check the Overview of Travel Documents, Visa Conditions and Border Crossing Points to find out more.

Nordic Citizens

Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are free to enter, reside and work in Greenland.

Holders of temporary or permanent residence permits in Denmark

Foreigners with a temporary residence permit in Denmark on the grounds of asylum, family reunification, work, study or au pair, and foreigners with permanent residence permit who require a visa and who want to visit Greenland, must contact the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) or the Danish Police, and request an entry permit for Greenland.

British citizens after Brexit

UK citizens are visa-free to Denmark and Greenland during the transition period, and will continue to be visa-free after the transition period.

Contact details for the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration

Phone: (+45) 72 14 20 00

Address: Njalsgade 72C 2300 Copenhagen S.

Opening hours:

Monday: 08.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Tuesday: 11.30 a.m. – 05.30 p.m.
Wednesday: 08.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Thursday: 11.30 a.m. – 05.30 p.m.
Friday: 08.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Contact details for the Danish Police

Phone: (+45) 114

Police station at Copenhagen Central Station

Address: Reventlowsgade 1570 Copenhagen V.

Mads Lumholt

Article by:  Mads Lumholt , Visit Greenland

Mads has been with Visit Greenland for over 10 years and is primarily working with market research at the moment, but has also been working with social media and content creation throughout his long career at the national tourist board.