Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
Ensuring the security of citizens and travellers in Finland, the management of borders are controlled by EU State authorities. This is achieved by Information sharing controls which are as follows.
- The Visa Information System allows Schengen States to exchange visa data, in particular data on decisions relating to short-stay visa applications.
- The Schengen Information System allows Schengen States to exchange data on suspected criminals, on people who may not have a legal right to stay in the EU or even enter to begin with, on stolen, misappropriated or lost property and on missing persons.
You are required by law to answer any application information accurately and truthfully.
Embassies are now back in operation allowing processing of visas to now resume as normal but please be aware that due to the backlog, visa approval is taking much longer than usual and can be anywhere up to 12 weeks depending on the embassy. However, you can select ‘express processing’ from drop down menu on the application.
If you are planning to visit Finland and you are a citizen of a country outside of the EU You can start the process by clicking ‘Start Application‘ and completing our form. It is advisable to take your time to complete correctly as misinformation can lead to problems later in the process. You can choose the following when you are applying;
A Shengen Visa is an official travel document. It allows a person to travel to any country in the Schengen Area. For stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
The Schengen area consists of 26 European countries. Each have officially abolished all passports at their mutual borders. The area mostly acts as a single jurisdiction for international travel with a common visa policy.
Nationals of other countries, which have not yet reached a liberalization agreement will need to obtain this travel authorization before arrival in Europe.
A Schengen Visa is an official travel document that allows a person to travel to any country in the Schengen Area, for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
The Schengen Area is an area comprising 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders. The area mostly functions as a single jurisdiction for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy.
All nationals of third countries, which have not yet reached a liberalization agreement with the Schengen member states, need to obtain this travel authorisation prior to their arrival in Europe
A Schengen Visa is a short-term European visa. This type of Visa enables the holder to travel freely throughout the Schengen Area. The visa, itself is issued by one of the Schengen nations. That is to say, you can visit any of the Schengen countries for up to 90 days during a 180-day period.
The Schengen Visa is the most common visa in Europe. In order words, it entitles the holder to enter, travel freely within, and exit the Schengen area from any Schengen member country. There are no border controls within the Schengen zone.
- Schengen Application Form, printed & signed
- Valid passport, with at least 2 blank pages for visa.
- 2 recent passport-style photographs
- Proof of sufficient financial means, 3 months previous bank statements or similar
- Travel Itinerary, confirmed flight tickets with dates of arrival & departure to and from Finland
- Accommodation Bookings, confirmed reservations for the full duration of your stay
- Invitation letter (if invited to Finland by a person or organisation)
- Travel Insurance, for medical cover up to €30,000 in Finland and the entire Schengen area
Depending on whether you want to visit Finland temporarily, study there, or work and live there permanently, you will be required to submit an application for one of many distinct types of Finnish Schengen visas.
You can apply as a tourist, for a business trip, for medical treatment, transit through the country as well as several other travel purposes.
You cannot undertake any paid employment while in Finland if you are travelling on a Schengen visa. You must apply for a work permit in if you wish to work in Finland.
You can however travel for business related purposes, such as conferences, meetings, contract negotiations, training and more.
To apply for your Finland Schengen visa, you must complete the online application form and enter all of your details accurately.
After your initial submission, your details will be reviewed and your appointment will be scheduled at the Finland visa office in your local jurisdiction.
Your completed application form will be provided for you to print and sign along with a personalised document checklist to support your application. You will receive all updates to the email address you present on your application and our phone lines are open 9am-5pm (GMT+0) if you have any queries. We can ensure your visa application goes smoothly, however, entrance to the Schengen zone is not guaranteed by approved Visa Applications.