Nationals who are required to hold a visa must always be in possession of one when entering the Schengen area.
Foreign nationals who need a Schengen visa for travel to Finland are requested to apply it at the nearest Finnish mission. If you are a resident in the UK you should apply in the Embassy of Finland in London. In countries where Finland does not have a mission, another Schengen country can represent Finland in visa matters.
If you intend to stay in Finland for longer periods (more than 90 days) you will need a residence permit. There are exceptions to this rule for the citizens of other Nordic countries, EU states and EEA states.
As a rule, the first residence permit must be applied for from a Finnish embassy within the applicants native country or alternatively in your country of residence. The embassy will provide application forms and further information on the application process. The process itself and the final decision will be given by by the Finnish Immigration Service.
Check if you need a visa in the Schengen area and travel documents accepted by Finland
The visa section is open for applicants to submit their application BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
It is the responsibility of each applicant to make an appointment with the Embassy beforehand.
Appointment hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00 – 12.00.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. You will receive a confirmation email with your appointment time. You can also make a request for the time of your visit.
Your e-mail must include the following information:
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