News And Updates

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    15 March 2021

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Pristina, Kosovo re-opens

    • Effective 15 March 2021, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Pristina, Kosovo, for below visa categories only:
    • Visa applications of Special groups, for example persons applying for a visa on the basis of family ties or an established relationship. In this context, family relationships refer to the spouse, partner and minor children of a person who resides in Finland. For pressing family matters, for example the birth of one’s own child, serious illness of a close relative or one’s own wedding. Special groups include also visas for seasonal work up to 90 days. Clarification for essential seasonal work can be found here. The conditions for issuing a visa under the Schengen Visa Code must also be met.
    • During the COVID-19 –pandemic it is not possible to apply or travel to Finland with a tourist visa.
    • Keeping in mind the health and safety of all our customers and employees in view of the ongoing COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, we would like to inform all applicants who have already submitted their biometrics to any Schengen state during the last 59 months do not have to visit the application center for visa application until further notice. Thus, all such BIO exempt visa applications can be submitted also through travel agents effective 15.03.2021. However, please note that you may be requested to visit our application center for providing biometrics post application submission in case there is a request from the local Embassy.
    • Your safety is our priority. As part of precautionary measures, customers visiting our Visa Application Centers may be subjected to body temperature checks to assess their health conditions and required to wear face mask and gloves. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 38 degrees Celsius), cough and difficulty breathing will be allowed to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.

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    10 July 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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    16 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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    25 October 2019

    The Embassy of Finland and VFS Global Visa Application Centre would like to inform the visa applicants travelling to Finland that they are now able to make an appointment to submit their visa application by calling the following telephone numbers 0900 111 22

    Kindly also note that starting the 04 November 2019 only the applicants with an appointment will be accepted at the Visa Application Centre. The applicants are required to schedule an appointment before they visit the Visa Application Centre.

    Kindly note that one appointment slot is valid for one applicant only. In case you arrive in a group, kindly book the required number of appointments corresponding to the number of applicants.

    You are also recommended to make an appointment in good time prior to your journey, as there is a limitation of 12 applications per day