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Schengen visa

The Schengen Agreement permits a visa that is valid in 26 European countries (an area without internal borders):

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

A Schengen visa must always be applied at the Embassy (or Visa Application Centre) 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 (or Visa Application Centre) of the country of your first destination.

Please note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom you should apply at the Finnish Embassy (or Visa Application Centre) 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 required supporting documents are imposed in the Visa Code and agreed upon in the local Schengen cooperation and therefore might vary in different countries.

The Schengen States, including Finland, are using the Visa Information System (VIS). 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 (prior consultation). List of the third countries whose nationals are subject to this prior consultation is available here.

Note! 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.

How to apply

A Schengen visa to Finland must be applied in person at the Finland Visa Application Centres in London, Manchester or Edinburgh.

Finland Visa Application Centres in the United Kingdom

Submit your visa application no later than 15 days before your planned trip.The application can be submitted a maximum three (3) months before the planned travel date.

You can submit your application by an advance appointment only.

The Embassy of Finland in London accepts a very limited number of Schengen visa applicants with a prior appointment. Visa application appointments to the Embassy in London must also be booked through the Finland Visa Application Centres.

Holders of diplomatic or service passports may submit an application at the Embassy in London without prior appointment, but only when travelling for the purpose of official visit.

Processing time

The visa process at the Finnish Embassy takes normally 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.

Visa fees

  • Full list of our fees is available here Service Fees
  • A Schengen visa is issued free of charge to the spouse and dependants of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals when the facilitation conditions are fully met.
  • The fee must be paid at the time of application. The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE if the visa application is withdrawn or the visa is refused. The fees are subject to change in accordance with the exchange rate changes.
  • There is no visa fee for Diplomatic, Official or Special passport holders providing they are travelling on official duty. A Verbal Note from the Embassy should be presented. Otherwise the normal visa fee applies.

Visa types

  • Single-entry visa is issued for one visit only. Visa allows entry to the Schengen area accordingly with the days stated on the visa or for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • Two-entry visa is issued for two visits only. Visa allows two entries to the Schengen area accordingly with the days stated on the visa or for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • Multiple-entry visa is issued for several visits. Visa allows entries to the Schengen area accordingly with the days stated on the visa or for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

Visa refusal

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 person/attorney.

A decision of a Finnish diplomatic or consular mission on a rectification request may be appealed to the Helsinki Administrative Court. 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.

Do you need a Schengen visa?

Some nationalities are visa free to Schengen area and Finland. Kindly see the visa requirements by country via this link:

Visa requirement in the Schengen area by country and travel documents accepted by Finland

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