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    21 March 2020

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

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    29 November 2019

    Last date of accepting visa applications in December 2019

    At Finland Visa Application Center – 13 December 2019

    At Embassy of Finland – 11 December 2019

    We will resume our normal operations on Thursday, 02 January 2020

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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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    13 August 2019

    Important information notice from Schengen Member States

    According to Article 12 (a) of the Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009, commonly known as “Visa Code”, the validity of a travel document shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States. According to an official notification from the Kenyan authorities issued to all diplomatic missions, all Kenyan passports – except the new East African Community biometric e-Passport – will be rendered invalid from 01 March 2020. The Schengen Member States therefore wish to inform the Kenyan public that from 01 December 2019 ONLY the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications.

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    19 December 2018

    We wish to inform you that from Monday 24 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 has been declared a Public Holiday to mark preparations for Christmas and New Year and therefore the Finland Visa Application Center will be closed. Therefore the last day of submitting applications for Visas is Friday 07 December 2018.

    The Visa Application Center will reopen on Wednesday 02 January 2019.

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    20 August 2018

    We wish to inform you that Tuesday 21 August 2018 has been declared a Public Holiday to mark preparations for Idd-Ul-Azha and therefore the Finland Visa Application Center will be closed.

    The Visa Application Center will reopen on Wednesday 22 August 2018.

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    14 June 2018

    We wish to inform you that Friday 15 June 2018 has been declared a Public Holiday to mark preparations for Idd-Ul-Fitr and therefore the Finland Visa Application Center will be closed.

    The Visa Application Center will resume normal operations on Monday 18 June 2018.