As I know, Denmark is going to re-impose the border controls. I want to know, what exactly it means for the tourists who are on a Schengen visa? Can I visit Denmark with the Schengen visa, or I need some additional documents? I'm a Russian citizen.

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From the linked article:

Because Denmark is a Schengen member, it cannot reinstate full frontier controls and the minister said the new measures would "take place within the limits of Schengen".

So yes, you can still visit Denmark with your Schengen visa and you don't need additional documents. The only thing that's extra is that you can be checked by customs at some particular border crossings. But as long as you have a valid visa, and you are not in possession of anything illegal, you should be fine.


This sad measure is a populist political one. The plan is to selectively check people crossing the border in order to reduce the amount of illegal immigrants.

As a tourist, you will probably not notice the difference, unless you happen to come from an Eastern European or North African country.

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    So racial profiling may be at play? Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 11:59
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    @hippietrail, I think this question is hard to answer without becoming political; something I feel we should avoid in our Travel community.
    – Jacco
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 12:08
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    It's definitely a good straightforward objective on-topic question. He's not asking why just what. It doesn't hurt to mention the why to a degree though as you did. Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 12:12
  • The question is good. It's just hard to answer the why in detail.
    – Jacco
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 12:13

The Schengen rules have two different aspects:

Unified visa and travel rules

Most residents or visa holders from one Schengen country can visit any other Schengen country (note that this is a generalization, check your specific case). You are allowed to cross with your existing papers.

Lack of internal border controls

Internal borders within the Schengen area are looking like strange road signs or lines on the road. For all practical purposes, you can cross without waiting in line or showing your papers. But technically you are still required to have an ID and/or a visa.

At times border controls are reintroduced. On a temporary basis, this is allowed by the Schengen rules. But that wouldn't change who is allowed to cross, just the likelihood of having to show papers.

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