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Finland is in Northern Europe and has borders with Russia to the east, Norway to the north, and Finland to the west. Finland is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature.
Finland is a member of Schengen countries therefore it will apply Schengen visa policies.
Under the Schengen agreement, transiting from one country to another within the Schengen area is done without border controls. If you are a foreign national requiring a Finland visa, you must always have one when entering the Schengen area. If you would ordinarily need a visa but have a residence permit valid in one of Schengen countries, you do not need a visa to enter another Schengen country if the intended duration of your stay is less than three months.
You will not need a visa for traveling within the EU.
There are 34 countries whose nationals do not need a visa to visit the EU for three months or less. These include Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. The list of countries whose nationals require visas to travel to the United Kingdom or Ireland differs slightly from other EU countries. If in doubt, check with the nearest consulate of any EU country.
Passport: You will need a valid passport.
Visa: If your visa is from a country fully applying the Schengen rules, it automatically allows you to travel to the other Schengen countries as well. Moreover, if you have a valid residence permit from one of those Schengen countries, it is equivalent to a visa. You may need a national visa to visit non-Schengen countries.
Even if you did not need a visa to visit Finland, you need a valid passport or some other travel document accepted by Finland. It must be valid for at least ninety days after your intended date of departure from the Schengen area.
There are many types of visas that you should know before applying for a Finland visa, each type of visa is issued for a specific purpose of stay.
Here is a list of generic documents that need to be submitted in order for you to meet the Finland visa requirements and qualify for a visa.
Passport – You must hold a valid passport to be able to apply to the Finnish embassy for a visa. the passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from when you send in your application.
Photos – 2 passport-sized photos
Proof of accommodation – It needs to show that you have either booked your own accommodation in Finland or have someone sponsoring your stay.
Proof of transportation – This refers to documents showing proof of your flight reservations
Travel health insurance
Bank statement – A document from your bank showing your monthly transactions for the past 3 months to be able to prove that you will be able to sustain yourself during the trip
No objection letter – This letter is required to validate your current status and assure the embassy that your have permission to travel.
Depend on the purpose of visit, each types of visa has specific required documents as the following:
Tourist visa required documents
Business visa required documents
Requirements of Visa for visiting family and friends
Submit your visa application at a mission or visa centre in person. An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax.
It usually takes at least two weeks to process Filand visa. Therefore, it is recomended to submit Filand visa application no later than 15 days before travel.
You should submit your visa application at a mission of Finland or a visa centre no later than 15 days before travel. The application can be submitted at the earliest three months before the intended visit. In case Finland is represented in the country by another Schengen state, the processing time is usually longer.
Booking an appointment is mandatory. You can book an appointment via this website to Schedule an appointment ,via email or by calling the Helpline. You cannot make an appointment to submit residence permit application any other way.
You can submit your Finland visa application at the VFS Application Centre for Finland in your country.
Application processing time starts on the day, when printed and signed application with supplementary documents is submitted to the visa centre , and the visa fee has been paid, but not on the day of filling the application. Schedule of estimated processing terms can be found on the website of the Embassy and visa centre.
Applicants have to come to the Visa Application Centre in person. Applications can’t be sent by mail, fax or email either.
To apply for a visa, applications must complete a Finland visa application form downloaded from this website then print and sign it before going to the visa application center.