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    24 June 2021

    Dear Customers!

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow schedule

    Starting from June 2021 application submission with a prior appointment at Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow for selected visa categories* :Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 09:00 till 16:00.

    Premium Lounge in Moscow for selected visa categories* :Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 09:00 till 16:00.

    *Visa categories available can be found in the article below.

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    21 June 2021

    Effective 21st June 2021, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centres in the Russia for below visa categories:

    • Family member of a Finnish national and third country national living permanently in Finland (according to following definition of who is a family member)

      • Family members are spouse, children, parents, parents-in-law and grandparents, and family members (spouse or minor children) of those listed above.
    • Pressing family matter: birth of one’s own child, a serious illness of a close relative, one’s own wedding, dating relationship, or other pressing personal reason
    • Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
    • Frontier workers;
    • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
    • Diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;
    • Passengers in transit in the international transit areas of airports between connecting extra-Schengen flights;
    • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.
    • Persons who own property in Finland and family members (spouse and minor children) of them.
    • Persons picking of natural products based on the invitation from a company that is committed to a letter of intent
    • Parents and grandparents travelling to Finland to meet their underage children
    • Persons travelling for serious medical reasons
    • Special business groups (such as representatives of culture, sports and business life) for work that is significant for the functioning of society or supply security, the implementation of which requires the work performance of a person or persons coming from another country and the work cannot be delayed
    • Seasonal workers

    Submission of applications for any other visa categories is still suspended.

    A Schengen visa does not guarantee entry to Finland. There are only limited reasons of travel that permit entering Finland and rules are subject to change.

    Find more information here: www.raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-border-traffic-during-pandemic

    Information regarding quarantine and COVID-testing on arrival to Finland: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/travel-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic

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    05 June 2021

    Effective 7th June 2021, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centres in Russia for below visa categories:

    • Family member of a Finnish and third country national living permanently in Finland (according to following definition of who is a family member)

      • Family members are spouse, children, parents, parents-in-law and grandparents, and family members (spouse or minor children) of those listed above.
    • Pressing family matter: birth of one’s own child, a serious illness of a close relative, one’s own wedding, dating relationship, or other pressing personal reason
    • Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
    • Frontier workers;
    • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
    • Diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;
    • Passengers in transit in the international transit areas of airports between connecting extra-Schengen flights;
    • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.
    • Persons who own property in Finland and who have a valid (urgent and necessary) reason to attend the property in person
    • Parents and grandparents travelling to Finland to meet their underage children
    • Persons travelling for serious medical reasons
    • Special business groups (such as representatives of culture, sports and business life) for work that is significant for the functioning of society or supply security, the implementation of which requires the work performance of a person or persons coming from another country and the work cannot be delayed
    • Seasonal workers
    • Submission of applications for any other visa categories is still suspended.

    A Schengen visa does not guarantee entry to Finland. There are only limited reasons of travel that permit entering Finland and rules are subject to change.

    Find more information here: www.raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-border-traffic-during-pandemic

    Information regarding quarantine and COVID-testing on arrival to Finland:

    https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/travel-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic

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    04 June 2021

    Dear Customers!

    Finland Visa Application Centres in Moscow and regions will be closed on 14 June 2021.

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow will be open for submission on 15 June, 16 June and 17 June 2021, 09:00 - 14:00 for selected visa categories.

    Finland Visa Application Centres in regions will be open for submission on 15 June 2021 for selected visa categories.

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    03 June 2021

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow schedule

    Starting from June 2021 application submission with a prior appointment at Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow for selected visa categories* : every Monday and Wednesday from 09:00 till 14:00.

    Premium Lounge in Moscow for selected visa categories* : every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 09:30 till 17:00.

    Customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment. To book an appointment please call +7 (495) 269-22-00 from 10:00 till 15:00 on Monday – Wednesday.

    *Visa categories available can be found in the article below

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    02 April 2021

    Discount for Mobile Biometrics Service

    Your safety is our top priority. Hence, we are happy to offer a 50% discount of our Mobile Biometric service until the end of May 2021. Mobile biometric service is introduced to ensure a safe visa application process at a location of your choice

    Click here for more details

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    01 March 2021

    Dear customers! Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow and regions will be closed on 08 March 2021.

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow will be open for submission on 9,10 and 12 March 2021 with a prior appointment for selected visa categories.

    Finland Visa Application Centres in regions will be open for submission on 9 and 12 March 2021 with a prior appointment for selected visa categories.

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    13 December 2020

    Dear customers!

    Kindly note that Finland Visa Application Centres in Moscow region will be operating according the following schedule during winter holidays' season, and consider this information while planning you trips.

    Location The last day of application submission in 2020 The first day of application submission in 2021
    Moscow 28 December 2020 11 January 2020
    Regional VACs (Irkutsk, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ufa, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg) 21 December 2020 11 January 2020
    Kaliningrad 23 December 2020 11 January 2020

    Please note that visa application submission is possible only with a prior appointment for special visa categories*.
    *Visa categories available can be found in the article below

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    22 October 2020

    Discount for Mobile Biometrics Service

    Your safety is our top priority. Hence, we are happy to offer a 50% discount of our Mobile Biometric service until the end of November 2020. Mobile biometric service is introduced to ensure a safe visa application process at a location of your choice.

    Click here for more details

    Dear Clients!

    Kindly note that Finland Visa Application Centres in Moscow and regions will be closed on Wednesday 4th November 2020.

    Visa Application Centre in Moscow will operate visa application submission on Thursday 5th November with a prior appointment from 11:00 till 16:00

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    21 October 2020

    Premium Lounge Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow

    Visa Application Centre in Moscow is happy to announce the comfortable and exclusive service for submission of visa applications in Premium Lounge for an additional fee.

    From 27 October 2020 Premium Lounge will operate for visa application submission not only on Monday and Wednesday but also on Tuesdays from 09:30 till 17:00. Customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment. To book an appointment please call +7 (495) 269-22-00 from 10:00 till 15:00 on Mondays – Wednesday.

    *Visa categories available can be found in the article below

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    10 October 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centres in Moscow region, Russia re-open

    Effective 12 October 2020, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ufa, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg.

    To book appointment to Visa Application Centre, please click here

    Kindly note that only the applications for below visa categories can be accepted.

    • Family members of EU and Finnish citizens covered by Directive EC/2004/38;
    • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
    • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
    • Unmarried partners of persons permanently residing in Finland;
    • Parents of underage child if an underage is living (studying) in Finland, the parents can apply a visa in order to visit the underaged child. Only the parents, not siblings or grandparents, etc.;
    • Spouses of persons with Finnish residence permit;
    • Property owners: if an applicant owns a property in Finland and it’s essential to do some maintain and/or repair work in the property, then application can be submitted. However: only the property owner will be allowed, not the family members. When submitting the application, the property owner must present documents about the ownership and also show the proof about the reason why he/she needs to go to Finland.
    • Seasonal workers (with work contract for 2021)
    • Other humanitarian reasons (such as own wedding, funeral or serious illness of family member).

    However, your safety is our priority. As part of precautionary measures, customers visiting our Visa Application Centres may be subjected to body temperature checks to assess their health conditions and will be 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 appointments for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.

    *To applicants who have submitted their applications after 18 March 2020, passports will be returned back only by courier until further notice, effective 01 September 2020 as approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and applies to our Finland Visa Application Centres globally, in 26 countries

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    30 August 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow schedule

    Dear Clients,

    Below is a temporary schedule for document submission and passport collection at Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow

    Application submission with a prior appointment for selected visa categories** : every Monday and Wednesday 11:00 hrs -16:00 hrs

    Passport collection with a prior appointment for applications submitted before 18 March 2020* every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 hrs-14:00 hrs

    *To applicants who have submitted their applications after 18 March 2020, passports will be returned back only by courier until further notice, effective 01 September 2020 as approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and applies to our Finland Visa Application Centres globally, in 26 countries

    **Visa categories available can be found in the article below

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    29 August 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia re-opens

    Effective 02 September 2020, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia for below visa categories:.

    • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
    • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
    • Unmarried partners of persons permanently residing in Finland;
    • Parents of underage child if an underage is living (studying) in Finland, the parents can apply a visa in order to visit the underaged child. Only the parents, not siblings or grandparents, etc.;
    • Spouses of persons with Finnish residence permit;
    • Property owners: if an applicant owns a property in Finland and it’s essential to do some maintain and/or repair work in the property, then application can be submitted. However: only the property owner will be allowed, not the family members. When submitting the application, the property owner must present documents about the ownership and also show the proof about the reason why he/she needs to go to Finland.
    • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons

    To schedule an appointment to the Finland Visa Application Centre in Moscow please click here.

    However, your safety is our priority. As part of precautionary measures, customers visiting our Visa Application Centres may be subjected to body temperature checks to assess their health conditions and may be 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 appointments for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    27 August 2020

    Keeping in mind the health and safety of all our customers and employees in view of the ongoing COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, passports will be returned back only by courier till further notice for all Finland visa customers, effective 01.09.2020 and applies to our Finland Visa Application Centres globally, in 26 countries.

    The primary purpose of this measure is to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus amongst our customers and employees. It is expected to be in place until the risk perception of COVID-19 is significantly reduced.

    In Russia this means that Finland visa customers cannot visit the Visa Application Centre to pick up their passport once it is ready for collection – the passport will be directly couriered to their location of choice (the location must be serviceable by our courier partner). The fee for this service is Euro 10.76 (equivalent in local currency), irrespective of the delivery location, which also covers the courier company’s costs.

    For families ordering a courier delivery to the same address the below fees are applicable:

    2 passports

    € 16.26

    3 passports

    € 21.75

    4 passports

    € 27.25

    5 passports

    € 32.75

     

    Other health and safety measures being undertaken at our VACs include: no-contact screening at entry, sanitization, use of face-masks inside the centre according to guidelines of local authorities, and physical distancing measures for customers throughout the visa application process.
    We will post an update on this page as and when the process is reviewed and changed. Thank you for your understanding.

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    27 August 2020

    Keeping in mind the health and safety of all our customers and employees in view of the ongoing COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, VFS shall not allow any applicant to walk in for visa application. Thus, all visa applications can only be submitted by prior appointment till further notice, effective 02.09.2020.

    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 centre for visa application until further notice. Thus, all such BIO exempt visa applications can be submitted also through travel agents effective 02.09.2020. However, please note that you may be requested to visit our application centre for providing biometrics post application submission in case there is a request from local Embassy or Consulate.

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    28 August 2020

    The service fee charge from 01 September 2020

    Dear Applicants, please note, that from 01 September 2020 the service fee will be revised to 28,90 euros (equivalent in local currency).

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    11 July 2020

    Dear customers!

    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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    26 June 2020

    Dear customers,

    Please be informed that starting from 02 July 2020 Finland Visa Application Center start to operate for passport collection. To collect your passport you need to book an appointment.

    Centre is open for passport collection:

    • 02 July 2020 from 10:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs.
    • Starting from 06 July 2020 every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs.

    Kindly note that passport collection is possible only by appointment. Submission of application is still suspended.

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    27 March 2020

    Dear customers!

    From 30.03 till 03.04 all Finland VACs in Russia will be closed.

    For further information please follow the updates on website.

    Thank you for understanding.
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    20 March 2020

    Dear customers!

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

    Please note that starting from 18 March 2020,visa application submission at the Embassy of Finland will be stopped.

    Visa application submission at the Embassy of Finland will be possible without an appointment only for representatives of diplomatic missions and family members of EU citizens from daily 11:00 to 12:00.

    Starting from 17 March 2020, visa application centers in Belgorod, Ivanovo, Izhevsk, Kaluga, Kursk, Lipetsk, Ryazan, Saransk, Sochi, Surgut, Tomsk, Tula, Tyumen, Ulyanovsk, Vladimir, Volgograd will work only for passback. Starting from 23 March 20 mentioned visa application centers will be closed until further notice.

    For further information please follow the updates on website.

    Thank you for understanding.

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    20 February 2020

    Dear Clients! Kindly note that Finland Visa Application Centres in Moscow and regions will be closed on Monday 24 February 2020 and on Monday 09 March 2020.