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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;
    • Staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in exercise of their functions;
    • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
    • Unmarried partners of persons permanently residing in Finland;
    • Parent of underage child who has been granted with Finnish residence permit, who is traveling to Finland with the child to help him/her with relocation;
    • Spouses of persons with Finnish residence permit;
    • 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 02.09.2020, as approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland.

    Finland visa customers need NOT 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 remains at a nominal and flat rate of Euro 10.76 (equivalent in local currency), irrespective of the delivery location.

    The courier service has been established 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.

    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, as approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland.

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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.