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A Schengen visa must always be applied at the Embassy of the country of your main destination. If you clearly do not have a main destination and if you are visiting several countries within the journey, you should apply at the Embassy of the country of your first destination. When applying at the Finnish Embassy, we always have to confirm that Finland is your travel destination.
Please note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom you should apply at the Finnish Embassy in your country of residence. In countries, where there is not a Finnish Embassy, Finland is represented by another Schengen state.
Visa Code (810/2009/EC) is applied in all Schengen member countries when processing Schengen visas. The Visa Code is a Regulation of the European Parliament and European Council.
The Schengen States, including Finland, have launched the Visa Information System (VIS) in the United Kingdom in November 2015. When applying for a first Schengen visa to Finland, all applicants will be requested to submit their biometric data, including fingerprints and a photograph. Fingerprints are valid for 59 months.
A Schengen Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of such nationals.
Visa enquiries to the Consulate Section by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A Schengen visa to Finland must be applied in person at the Finnish Embassy. Submit your visa application no later than 15 days before travel.
You can submit your application by online appointment only.
The required supporting documents are imposed in the Visa Code and agreed upon in the local Schengen cooperation and therefore might vary in different countries.
Please note that the supporting documents are not returned. The applicant must provide photocopies of the original supporting documents when required. The Embassy does not make copies.
Visa application form (pdf, 3 pages, 74,1 kB)
Private visit (family or friend):
Study, conference or professional training:
In some cases further documentation may be requested. The presentation of a complete application does not automatically justify obtaining a visa.
It is important to note that a valid visa does not guarantee entry to the Schengen area. The final decision remains with the border/immigration officials.
Attention Travellers with Visa (PDF, 1 page, 8 kB)
The visa section is open for applicants to submit their application BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.The travel destination of the applicant must be Finland. It is the responsibility of each visa applicant to make an appointment online beforehand.
Appointment hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10.00 - 12.00.
Appointment enquiries by e-mail email@example.com
During high tourist season you might have to wait longer to get an appointment. The Embassy has limited number of appointments reserved for the visa applicants. Please book your appointment and apply well in advance.
Before booking an appointment, please make sure that:
The appointment will take place at the Embassy of Finland at the following address: 38 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8HW.
Each appointment will take approx. 15 minutes. Please do not make double bookings.
The applicant must come in person to apply for a visa. Only the applicant is allowed to enter the Embassy. An applicant may be accompanied, however, for reasons of age or health. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The application must be complete and include all the requested supporting documents listed on this website. The Visa Section does not accept applications by post, e-mail or fax.
According to the EU Directive 38/2004 (Art. 2) family members of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who are in possession of a British residence permit named "Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National" do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days in the Schengen area if they are joining or travelling with the EU, EEA or Swiss national.
If the family member (i.e. spouses, partners and dependants of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals) is in possession of a different type of residence permit and travelling with or to join the family member, then he/she should apply a visa with the following documents:
Copies of all the documents must be provided.
Please note that the visa facilitation for EU, EEA and Swiss family members is based on the freedom of movement of the EU, EEA and Swiss nationals. Therefore if the applicant is travelling without the family member the normal application process applies.
The visa process at the Finnish Embassy takes normally 5-10 working days.
Submit your visa application no later than 15 days before travel in order to receive your travel documents back before your planned trip. The application can be submitted a max. three (3) months before the planned travel date.
When ready the visa can be collected in person or it can be send to you by Special Delivery (provide a self-addressed and prepaid envelope). Alternatively someone can collect it on behalf of you with an authorisation letter and photo ID.
In case the conditions for granting a visa are not fulfilled, the visa will be refused. The grounds for a refused visa are informed in writing according to the Visa Code. Additional explanations are not given.
A person dissatisfied with the decision may request a rectification. The rectification request must be filed in writing in Finnish or Swedish and lodged within thirty (30) days from the service of this decision. The rectification request may be delivered by the petitioner personally or his/her authorised attorney.
A decision of a Finnish diplomatic or consular mission on a rectification request may be appealed to the Helsinki Administrative Court. The right of appeal applies to rectification request decisions that are made on 1 April 2016 or later. Instructions for appeal are appended to the decision on the rectification request. The appeal document must be lodged with the mission that made the decision. The mission submits all the appeal documents to the Helsinki Administrative Court. The appeal must be lodged within 30 days of notice of the decision on the rectification request. The appeal must be made in writing in Finnish or Swedish. The Administrative Court fee of the appellate proceedings is EUR 250.
In visa matters relating to the free movement of EU/EEA citizens and their family members, the applicant may appeal to the Administrative Court without a rectification request procedure.
Some nationalities are visa free to Schengen area and Finland. Kindly see the visa requirements by country via this link: