The Embassy’s Consular Section helps Finnish citizens in distress, assists with matters concerning services provided by Finnish authorities and the legal protection of private individuals, e.g. matters related to family law, and provides advice on official UK procedures and modes of operation.
- Passport and notarial services: Mon, Tue 14.00–16.00, Wed 9.00–12.00, Thu 9.00–12.00 and 14.00–16.00, Fri 9.00–12.00 and 14.00–15.00
- Visa services: Mon, Tue, Thu 10.00–12.00 by appointment only
- Telephone enquiries: Mon 9.00–10.00 and 15.00 - 16.00. Tue, Thu 15.00–16.00 (tel. +44 (0)20 7838 6200)
- E-mail enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Holidays when the embassy will be closed
The Consular Section acts as the competent Finnish authority in matters such as passports, notary services and certain specific legal transactions, and advises non-Finnish citizens with entry permit matters. It also assists other Finnish authorities with citizenship, population register, military service and family law matters, and with arrangements for absentee voting.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in Helsinki has a weekend telephone number for emergencies. The number is +358 9 1605 5555 (24/7).
Finnish Embassies and Consulates can do the following:
advise on how to transfer money through a bank or other money transfer company (such as Western Union),
transfer funds to help those in distress,
help victims of sudden illness, accidents and crimes so that they can get the medical care or other immediate assistance they need,
grant a temporary passport for repatriation (to replace a passport which is outdated or which has been lost, stolen or destroyed),
contact the insurance company in cases of sickness or death,
help those in distress or crisis situations, or those taken into custody, to get in touch with their next of kin
Finnish Embassies and Consulates cannot:
act contrary to the law of the land,
handle matters that fall within the purview of other authorities,
pay hotel, hospital or other bills, or pay fines or post bail,
pay the cost of engaging and using a lawyer or interpreter,
stand surety or make payment commitments,
act as a lawyer or legal advisor,
intervene in legal process or request any specific court ruling,
effect the release of an arrested or imprisoned person
Honorary Consuls can provide advice and assistance with contacting local authorities or the nearest Finnish Embassy or Consular Section. The ways in which Honorary Consuls can help are limited. They cannot accept applications for passports or visas.
Finnish Honorary Consulates in Britain
Ministry for Foreign Affairs Consular Affairs Unit
The Consular Affairs Unit at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs coordinates the consular business done by Finnish missions abroad and acts as their central contact point in Finland.