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Visiting friends and relatives

On this page you will find information on how to apply for a visa for visiting friends or relatives and what the documentation requirements are. Please be sure to read the whole section before contacting us with questions.

How to book an appointment

The Embassy guarantees a decision on visa applications in 15 days. Application for a Schengen visa for Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway must be made online through ApplyVisa. You must then submit your application and the required documentation at the Embassy. Submission of visa applications is by appointment only. You must make an appointment for a visa application by email to

You must have made your ApplyVisa application and have paid online, before requesting an appointment. Please put the ApplyVisa-application number in your e-mail heading.

We currently have a four weeks waiting time regarding appointments. You will not be able to get an appointment sooner unless there are unforeseen and serious circumstances.

Documentation requirements and check list

Print the check list for Visiting friends and relatives visa here.

When applying for a Schengen visa to visit friends or relatives in Denmark, Iceland, Norway or Sweden you must submit all of the following documents:

  • Signed cover letter you receive when you complete your visa-application online through ApplyVisa.
  • Passport/travel document, which must exceed your stay in the Schengen-area by at least 3 months. Passport/travel document must be issued within the last 10 years and must have at least two blank pages.
  • Irish multi-entry visa and GNIB/IRP card, which must exceed your stay in the Schengen area by at least 3 months. No exceptions will be made. From May 13th and onwards, adults will no longer require an Irish multi-entry visa, it will be enough with a residence stamp in your passport and IRP card. 
  • Two passport photos of the applicant.
  • Letter from your employer confirming your employment status and your valid work permit/hosting agreement if applicable. If you are a student letter from your college must be submitted confirming your course, the year of enrollment, the length of study and your attendance.
  • Original bank statements with name and address for the last three months up to the date of the appointment (in your own name).
  • An airline booking/travel itinerary. Return ticket must be shown only when visa has been approved.
  • A valid, personal travel medical-insurance which covers costs for:

i) emergency medical treatment up to €30.000
ii) transportation back to applicant's home country if required for medical reasons.
iii) The insurance must be valid in all Schengen states and cover the total length of stay.

  • When visiting friends/relatives in Denmark, Sweden or Iceland the Danish Immigration Service Invitation Form VU2 must be filled in and signed by the host in Denmark, Sweden or Iceland and the original sent to you, together with the data page of your host's passport, and a copy of your host's residence permit if applicable. The form can be downloaded from the Danish Immigration Service's website: Invitation form
  • When visiting friends/relatives in Norway the Danish Immigration Service Invitation Form VU2 must be filled in and signed by the host in Norway and then sent to you. The form can be downloaded from the Danish Immigration Service's website: Invitation form

  • If your host in Norway is guaranteeing the expenses of your trip he/she must complete and send to you the Norwegian guarantee-form. The form can be downloaded from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s website: Invitation and guarentee declaration. You must bring the original guarantee-form with you to your appointment.

If you are making an application for a child under 18 years of age both parents must attend the visa application appointment. In addition you must bring the child's birth certificate where both the parents names are clearly stated.


Visa Department opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9.30 - 12.30