Our Finland Visa Guide will teach you everything you need to know about Finland’s visa policy for people from all over the world, including different types of visas, particular requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and more. It is critical to have a scheduled flight ticket in hand before applying for a visa to Finland.
Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
Ensuring the security of citizens and travelers in Finland, the management of borders is controlled by EU State authorities. This is achieved by Information sharing controls which are as follows.
- The Visa Information System allows the Schengen States to exchange visa data, particularly 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.
Finland Schengen Applications
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.
The following is the standard set of required documents:
Schengen documentation, 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.
How To Apply
To apply for a Schengen visa when travelling to Finland, 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.
For detailed information on specific parts of the Finland Schengen visa process, you can refer to the links on the right to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
For detailed information on specific parts of the EU visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any detailed information, please contact us via email.
|EU Visa News|
|EU Visa Fees|
|Schengen Visa Types|
|How to submit a Visa Application|
How long is a Schengen visa valid for?
This depends on a number of things such as whether or not you have had a Schengen visa in the past or how many countries you intend to visit. Generally you first Schengen visa will be issued for the duration of your stay. Future applications may be granted for multiple entry for a number of years.
There are 26 Schengen members states in Europe. You can see the full list of countries in the Schengen zone in the table on this page.
You can expect an update on your application within 3 days of submission. You can choose express processing at checkout for a response within 24 hours.
Once you attend your appointment, your visa can take up to 15 working days to be processed by the Embassy.