Schengen Visas


All citizens of China are required to apply for a visa before entering Finland and/or other countries under the Schengen agreement. Before applying, please ensure you understand your particular ‘purpose of visit’. Schengen visas must be applied for at the respective Embassy/Consulate of the country of your main destination. Your main destination will be the Schengen country where your duration of stay exceeds all others. Due to this, when traveling to more than one Schengen country, you should submit your application to the Embassy/Consulate representing the country of your main destination. In case of equal stay, you have to submit your application to the mission of the Schengen country representing your first port of entry.

More information about Schengen visas can be found at the website of Finnish Embassy in Beijing/Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai.

The Visa Application center accepts applications for short stay Schengen visas only (not exceeding 90 days during 180 days period). Stay exceeding 90 days will need to apply for a residence permit, please see the website of the Finish Immigration Service  

Who can submit a visa application in Beijing/Shanghai

The Visa centre of Finland in
Beijing/Xi’an/Chongqing/Guangzhou/Shenyang/Wuhan/Changsha/Chengdu/Jinan/Shenzhen/Fuzhou/Kunming accepts Schengen visa applications from applicants residing in the territory served by the Embassy of Finland in Beijing. Jurisdiction of the Embassy of Finland in Beijing is Chongqing, Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jilin, Liaoning, Ningxia, Beijing, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, Tianjin, Tibet, Xinjiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan.

The Visa center of Finland in Shanghai/Hangzhou/Nanjing accepts Schengen visa applications from applicants residing in the territory served by the Consulate General of Finland is Shanghai. Jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai is Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shanghai, Zhejiang.

In Mongolia, please contact the Embassy of Germany.

Processing terms

Visa applications can be submitted three months before the trip, we recommend you to apply at least one month before the planned trip. Please note that all applications are processed individually. The Mission may request further documentation, information or you may be called for an interview which can prolong the processing time.

The Visa Application center takes in visa applications with and without an appointment. Information how to book the appointment can be found here.

Visa Fees

Visa Feesuntil 01 Feburary 2020. From 02 Feburary 2020, applications cannot be submitted earlier than six (6) months before the start of the planned journey. In individual cases, the mission can extend the processing time up to a maximum of 45 calendar days.

Nationality Visa fees effective 01 March 2021
(in EUR and local currency)
Age 12 years and above EUR 80 (630 RMB)
Children, ages 6–11 (unless otherwise stated in the Visa Facilitation Agreement) EUR 40 (315 RMB)
Children, 0 to 5 years old EUR 0 (0 RMB)
Schengen visa for citizens, incl. children, ages 6–11, from the countries listed below (the EU has the Visa Facilitation Agreement with these countries): EUR 35 (275 RMB)
- Russian Federation
- Albania
- Armenia
- Azerbaijan
- Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Georgia
- Macedonia
- Moldova
- Montenegro
- Serbia
- Ukraine
- Cape Verde EUR 80 (630 RMB)

Applicant's exempted from visa fee:

  • Family members of EU/EEA–citizen
  • School pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training - To be evaluated case per case
  • Researchers travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research - To be evaluated case per case

Service charge:

VFS Service fee 200

*Please note that the service fee is inclusive of VAT

Click for the price list of additional services               

Please Note:

  • The applicable visa fee and the service fee are in Chinese yuan as per current exchange rate. It is subject to change every 1 month.
  • The applicants who submit their applications at the Visa Application center should pay the visa fee at the center in cash.
  • (Beijing/Xi’An/Chongqing/Guangzhou/Shenyang/Wuhan/Changsha/Chengdu/Kunming Finland VAC also accepts debit card and credit card payment; Shanghai/Hangzhou/Nanjing Finland VAC accepts debit card payment.)
  • Applicants exempted from the visa fee need to pay only the service fee.
  • The fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Documents Required

Please note that the visa category chosen by an applicant must be based on the purpose of travel to Finland and the decision must be made by the applicant him/herself. An application filled incorrectly and carelessly can cause refusal of a visa application. The applicant may need to submit additional details or applicant can be asked to come for an interview at the Mission.

Please note that no translation is required for the bank statement, Hukou and business license.

The formate of bank statement should be A4 size.


Checklists can be printed and attached to visa application.

Applicants travelling to Finland for official and business purposes (meetings, conferences, trainings, trade fairs etc.).

If you are going to work in Finland you need to obtain a work permit. In that case visit the website of the Finnish Immigration service.

Applicants travelling to Finland for leisure, recreation or sightseeing.

Applicants travelling to Finland to study or for cultural or sport purposes.
Please not that if your studies last more than 3 months, you need a residence permit. More information can be found at the Embassy's website and at the Finnish Immigration Service's website.

Applicants visiting family members or friends legally residing in Finland.
ADS Group

ADS Group of applicants travelling to Finland for tourism.

Applicants from Blue and White companies, travelling to Finland for official and business purposes

Family member of a Finnish citizen travelling to Finland

Family member of an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen travelling to Finland

Photo Specifications

To see the visa application photo specifications, please, click here.

Travel Medical Insurance

Each applicant (including children) must have a travel medical insurance. Exceptions are family members of EU/EEA citizens, as well as holders of diplomatic and official passports on mission.

Basic requirements for an insurance policy:

  • Insurance should cover the entire intended duration of stay in the Schengen area.
  • Insurance validity area should cover the whole Schengen area or to be worldwide. No areal restrictions are allowed (for example “Finland, Schengen”).
  • The insurance coverage limit should be not less than 30.000 euros or equivalent amount in other currency (for example 50.000 dollars/300 000 RMB)
  • Policies should insure your costs in case of sudden illness or accident and assistance on site, including the costs of medical repatriation to the place of permanent residence of the insured person or the repatriation of mortal remains.

Original or copy insurance policy needs to be presented during submission; applicant can provide a copy to the application (the Mission does not return documents after application has been processed).

Travel medical insurances can be bought from any European insurance company or from Travel Medical Insurance Companies in China.

An applicant for multiple-entry visa should provide an insurance policy which covers at least the first trip. The applicant undertakes to purchase an insurance policy for further trips by signing the visa application.

Processing Time

The estimated processing time for a visa application of Chinese citizens is 15 days according to Schengen Visa Code (EC 810/2009). However the Finnish missions do their best to process all applications as fast as possible. In individual cases and during peak seasons the Embassy/Consulate may extend the processing time up to 60 days if needed.

A visa application should be submitted well in advance, but not earlier than three months before the intended date of the journey.

The processing time is counted from the date when the Embassy of Finland in Beijing/Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai receives the application documents; this does not include the delivery time between the Visa Application Center and Embassy/Consulate. Visa applications submitted in Xi'an/Chongqing/Guangzhou/Shenyang/Wuhan/Changsha/Chengdu/Jinan/Shenzhen/Fuzhou/Kunming Visa Application Center will be delivered to the Embassy of Finland in Beijing for processing. Visa applications submitted in Hangzhou /Nanjing Visa Application Center will be delivered to the Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai for processing.