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    17 March 2020

    Due to the Corona virus / COVID-19 situation, Finland has temporarily suspended accepting visa and residence permit applications at the VFS application centres globally.

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    15 November 2019

    New visa sticker for use

    All Finnish missions abroad and organisations issuing visas, including the Border Guard, Finnish Customs and the Police, started to use the new EU visa sticker on 11 November 2019. Regulation (EU) 2017/1370, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1683/95 on a uniform format for visas, was adopted on 04 July 2017. All Member States must start using the new visa sticker by 21 December 2019.

    The introduction of the new visa sticker does not require any measures from visa applicants. Visas issued before 11 November 2019 will be valid for the period of validity indicated on the visa sticker.

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    07 September 2017

    • Finland limits the number of Schengen visa applications to Finland, received at the visa centre operated by VFS Global in Algeria, to ten (10) applications a day until further notice. Applications may only be submitted by making an appointment. Please schedule an appointment for a visit to submit a visa application at or send email to or phone to the call centre at +213 41 98 55 06. The Centre serves in French, English and Arabic from Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 to 16:00. Visa applications can also be submitted to Finland's Embassy in Alger by reserving an appointment to the mission through the above-mentioned contact details.