The Danish Visa Application Center in Hangzhou opened on April 5, the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing said on April 1.
A visa center in Shenyang will open on April 8, and centers in Chengdu, Jinan and Nanjing will open April 15.
The five centers, together with the four existing locations in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, are part of Denmark’s effort to capture a segment of the growing Chinese travel market.
Applications for both short-term visas and long-term residence permits can be handled by any of the centers. The visa procedure takes approximately 5 to 11 working days.
“I am very pleased to see these new Visa Centers open their doors in the five provinces, which together have a population of 357 million,” said A. Carsten Damsgaard, Danish Ambassador to China.
“Travel to Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands is increasingly attractive for Chinese who want a different sightseeing experience. These centers mark our step forward to enhancing what Denmark has to offer,” Damsgaard said.
Collection of biometric data is performed at the centers in accordance with the implementation of the Visa Information System (VIS). Fingerprint scans, once stored in the system, can be re-used for further visa applications over a five-year period.
Denmark was one of the first EU countries to open visa centers in China in 2010. The country has seen a great increase in the number of Chinese travelers ever since.
In 2015, 28,000 visas were issued to Chinese travelers, an increase of nearly 20 percent, or 5,300 visas, from the previous year.
Denmark is also representing Iceland in Hangzhou and Nanjing. It will therefore be possible to hand in applications for short-term visas to Iceland at the visa centers in these two cities. Applicants can also apply for an Icelandic visa at the Danish Visa Application Centers in Guangzhou and Shanghai.
Denmark enjoys a good reputation among Chinese tourists, many of whom hope to experience its happy lifestyle, cutting-edge design and Little Mermaid statue.