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    15 September 2021

    Dear Customers,

    Starting from 01.10.2021 additional categories of applications will start to be accepted at the Finland Visa Application Centers in Russia.

    Important! The Expansion of the categories to be accepted does not change the Finland border crossing restriction that are currently in force.

    For more information please click here.

    Hyvä hakija,

    Suomi laajentaa viisumihakemusten vastaanottoa kahdelta uudelta ryhmältä Venäjällä 1.10. alkaen.

    Viisumihakemusten vastaanoton lisääminen ei muuta Suomen maahantulorajoitusten voimassaoloa.

    Napsauta tätä saadaksesi lisätietoja

    Kära ansökare,

    Vissa nya grupper kan från och med den 1 oktober åter lämna in visumansökan till Finland i Ryssland.

    De utvidgade möjligheterna att lämna in visumansökningar ändrar inte Finlands inreserestriktioner.

    Klicka här för mer information

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    18 August 2021

    Dear Customers,

    Please be informed that starting from 18th August 2021, you will have the provision to opt for the additional Form Filling Assistance Service at the price of 6 EUR when applying for a visa In our Finland Visa Application Centers. Our staff will guide you through the process from start to finish, explaining the questions, and recording your answers. Please note that the service is optional and customers will still have the provision to fill in an application form themselves inside the Visa Application Center. The Form Filling Assistance service is no prerequisite to the completeness of the application and does not influence the decision on the application and/or processing times.

    For more details click here

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    06 July 2021

    Dear Customers!

    Starting 07th of July 2021 Visa Application Centre will be operating one additional day in a week – on Wednesdays. Customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment from 09.00 to 15:00.

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    20 June 2021

    Dear Customers!

    Effective 21st 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 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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    15 June 2021

    Dear Customers,

    Effective 21 June 2021, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

    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 submission. Thus, all visa applications can only be submitted by prior appointment till further notice, effective 21 June 2021.

    To book appointment to Visa Application Centre in Arkhangelsk, please click here.

    Finland Visa Application Centre schedule

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

    Monday 09:00-14:00 Application submission with a prior appointment for selected visa categories.

    Please be informed that passports will be returned back only by courier until further notice, as approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 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 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, 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 firmly believe these measures are important in maintaining vigilance during this challenging time and we thank all our partners and stakeholders in the travel fraternity for the initial positive feedback we have received this far.

    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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    28 April 2021

    Dear clients!

    Kindly note that Finland Visa Application Centre will be closed on 04th of May 2021.

    Finland Visa Application Centre will be open for submission on 11th of May 2021, 09:00-15:00 with the prior appointment.

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    30 March 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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    18 March 2021

    Kindly note that Finland Visa Application Centre in Murmansk will be open on Friday, 26 March with the following schedule:

    Submission for individuals: 09.00 to 15.00

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Arkhangelsk will be open on Friday, 26 March with the following schedule:

    Submission for individuals: 09.00 to 15.00

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    04 February 2021

    Finland Visa Application Centre schedule in February.

    Dear customers! Finland Visa Application Centre in Murmansk will be closed on 23 February 2021.

    Finland Visa Application Centre will be open for submission on 24 February 2021, 09:00 – 15:00.

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    12 December 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre schedule during New Year Holidays.

    01 January 2021 to 10 January 2021 Finland Visa Application Centre in Murmansk is closed.

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    27 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

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    27 October 2020

    Dear Customers,

    Effective 10 November 2020, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Murmansk, Russia.

    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 submission. Thus, all visa applications can only be submitted by prior appointment till further notice, effective 10 November 2020.

    To book appointment to Visa Application Centre in Murmansk, please click here.

    Please note, that from 01 September 2020 the service fee has been revised to 28,90 euros.

    Finland Visa Application Centre schedule

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

    Tuesday 09:00-15:00 Application submission with a prior appointment for selected visa categories.

    Wednesday 09:00-15:00 Passport collection with a prior appointment for applications submitted before 18.03.2020*.

    Kindly note that Visa Application Centre in Murmansk will be closed on the 4th November.

    *To applicants who have submitted their applications after 18.03.2020, passports will be returned back only by courier until further notice, effective 02.11.2020 as approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 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 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, 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 firmly believe these measures are important in maintaining vigilance during this challenging time and we thank all our partners and stakeholders in the travel fraternity for the initial positive feedback we have received this far.

    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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    07 August 2020

    Dear customers,

    Please be informed that starting from 10 August 2020 Finland Visa Application Centre in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk will be open for passport collection every Monday from 10:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs.

    To collect your passport you need to book an appointment:

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

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    03 April 2020

    Dear customers!

    All Finland VACs in Russia will be closed until further notice.

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    20 March 2020

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

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    12 February 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk schedule in February 2020

    24 February 2020 – Visa Application Centre will be closed.

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    08 February 2020

    Dear Clients,

    We are glad to inform you that to receive the latest information about visa issuing details you can make a call to our Helpline via the below contact numbers:

    +7 (8152) 65-51-47

    +7 (8152) 65-54-25

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    17 December 2019

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk working schedule during New Year Holidays 2019-2020:

    31 December 2019 - Visa Application Centre is open 09:00 hrs – 16:00 hrs(Passback service only)

    01 January 2020, 02 January 2020, 03 January 2020, 07 January 2020, 08 January 2020 – Visa Application Centre is closed in Murmansk.

    06 January 2020 – Visa Application Centre in Murmansk is open 09:00 hrs – 14:00 hrs.

    01 January 2020 - 08 January 2020 – Visa Application Centre is closed in Arkhangelsk.

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    14 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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    24 October 2019

    Finland Visa Application Centers in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk working schedule in November:

    04 November 2019 - Visa Application Centre is closed

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    16 April 2019

    Personal data processing consent. Information for individual applicants.

    According to the Federal law of Russian Federation “About personal data” it is mandatory for every applicant to sign the “Personal data processing consent” since May 2011.
    Please note that all applicants who submit documents through authorized representatives are also obliged to sign this document in advance or to give a power of attorney to a representative. Don’t forget that if one of the group members submits documents for rest of the group, he/she needs to have this document or power attorney from the other group members.
    Power attorney can be notarized or handwritten.
    A legal representative (parents, tutors, etc.) should sign this document for a minor (all children under 18). You can find the document here.

    List of accredited Tourist agencies

    Here you will find the updated list of tourist agencies approved by the Consulate of Finland in Murmansk.

    We recommend

    Dear Applicants,
    The Visa Application Centre of Finland in Murmansk would like to remind you that:
    The use of electronic devices, mobile phones included, is not allowed in the Visa Application Centre
    All the mandatory fields in the Visa Application Form are to be filled
    The applicant’s own signature has to be present in p.37 and three on the last page of the Visa Application Form
    All the submitted copies have to be of good quality and easy to read
    Applicants who are not citizens of Russia and those traveling to France or Iceland have to submit applications in person
    An official invitation has to be original (or its copy) with stamp and signature, also contact details of the inviting organization or person

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    16 April 2019

    Personal data processing consent”. Information for individual applicants.

    According to the Federal law of Russian Federation “About personal data” it is mandatory for every applicant to sign the “Personal data processing consent” since May 2011.
    Please note that all applicants who submit documents through authorized representatives are also obliged to sign this document in advance or to give a power of attorney to a representative. Don’t forget that if one of the group members submits documents for rest of the group, he/she needs to have this document or power attorney from the other group members.
    Power attorney can be notarized or handwritten.
    A legal representative (parents, tutors, etc.) should sign this document for a minor (all children under 18). You can find the document here.

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    29 March 2019

    Entering passport number effective 01 April 2019

    Dear Applicants! Please be informed that effective 01 April 2019 – the passport number should be entered in Visa Application Forms using only numbers or letters. No blank spaces or symbols are allowed. The length of the passport number must be maximum nine (9) digits.

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    28 February 2019

    Finland Visa Application Centers in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk working schedule during Spring-Summer Holidays.

    08 March 2019 - Visa Application Centre is closed

    01, 02, 03, 09, 10 May 2019 - Visa Application Centre is closed

    12 June 2019 – Visa Application Centre is closed

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    28 April 2018

    Dear Applicants!

    Please note that Medical Insurance is a mandatory document. We request that you purchase insurance from the Visa Application Centre or from an authorized agency. We are unable to guarantee the authenticity of policy purchased from any other sources

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    18 may 2017

    For the attention of the applicants:

    Please be informed that on 25 May 2017, Finland Visa Application Centre in Arkhangelsk will not be accepting any applications.

    Applicants will still be able to collect their passports on the mentioned date.

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    24 April 2017

    Finland Visa Application Centers in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk working schedule during May Holidays.

    1 May 2017 - Visa Application Centre is closed

    8 May 2017 - Visa Application Centre is closed

    9 May 2017 – Visa Application Centre is closed

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    4 November 2016

    Finland Visa Application Centers in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk schedule on 4 November 2016.

    Please note, that on 4 November 2016 Visa Centers in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk are closed

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    29 April 2016

    Mobile Biometric Service from l May 2016

    For your convenience, we are pleased to offer you our new “Mobile Biometric Service” to submit your visa application at your home or office.

    Schedule an appointment and we will collect your visa application form, documents and biometric data at the place of your choice. Once the application is processed, we will return you the passport via courier. To learn the full list of the fees and requirements kindly click here.

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    28 April 2016

    Schedule of Finland Visa Application Center in Murmansk and in Arkhangelsk during May holidays 2016.

    2 May 2016 – Finland Visa Application Centre is closed.

    3 May 2016 – Finland Visa Application Centre is closed.

    9 May 2016 – Finland Visa Application Centre is closed.

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    20 February 2016

    New phone numbers of the call centre

    Dear Applicants and representatives of travel agencies!

    Please note that starting from the 24 February 2016 the phone numbers of the Finland Visa Application Centre Call center will be changed. For inquiries, kindly contact us by phone using the following numbers: +7 (8152) 65-51-47 or +7 (8152) 65-51-38.

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    13 February 2016

    Finland Visa Application Centers in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk schedule during the holidays

    20 February - 23 February 2016 Finland Visa Application Centers are closed

    7 March - 8 March 2016 Finland Visa Application Centers are closed.

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    31 December 2015

    Changes concerning submission of minor child’s application

    Dear applicants,

    Please note that from 04 January 2016 onwards the copy of parent’s Schengen-visa cannot replace the notarized written consent. If parents have valid Schengen-visas and do not apply for a visa with their child, the notarized written consent and the copy of Schengen-visas must be provided. The consent must cover the whole duration of visa applied for. The information about the requirements for the notarized written consent and the documents that can replace it is available here: Click here

    The parents that have EU residence permit or EU passport can provide the copies of these documents and also the free form written consent, that would contain all the information required from the notarized one.

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    22 October 2015

    Finland will open Visa Center in Arkhangelsk

    The Visa Department of the Consulate General of Finland in St.Petersburg, Murmansk Office informs that the Joint Visa Center in Arkhangelsk will start accepting the visa applications from 30 October 2015.

    Working Hours: From Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00, except official Russian holidays and days specified by the Consulate General of Finland.

    In the Visa Centre applicant can submit documents only for a short-term Schengen visa. In case of a residence permit, documents should be submitted directly to diplomatic missions of Finland in Russian Federation.

    Processing time of applications submitted in regional Visa Application Centre may be different from the processing time of applications submitted in Murmansk or in St’Petersburg considering the documents transit period. The regional centre will not accept applications for express handling (processed in 3 working days). Arkhangelsk residents may apply the visa applications for urgent submission in Murmansk or in St.Petersburg.

    You can find all information concerning conditions and needed sets of documents on the web site of Embassy of Finland in Moscow (http://www.finland.org.ru) or on the Visa Centre of Finland web site (http://visa.finland.eu).

    For inquiries, kindly contact us by phone: + 7 (8152) 56-79-49 or +7 (8152) 59-64-92

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    04 September 2015

    Dear Applicants,

    Please note: starting from 14 September 2015 all the applicants (including children under 12) who come to the Visa Application Center of Finland for the application submission personally, will have to provide a copy of the bio page of their foreign passport.

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    13 August 2015

    The 28 August 2015 is the last day of applying the documents for visa to France.

    Dear Applicants,

    Please note that after the 28 August 2015 Murmansk Office of the Consulate General of Finland in Saint Petersburg will stop representing France for processing and issuing Schengen visas. The 28 August 2015 is the last day of applying the documents for visa to France.

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    14 May 2015

    Changes in the call-center operational hours

    Dear Applicants,

    Please be informed, that starting from 18 May 2015 the operational hours of the Finland Visa Center call-center are changing to the following: from 08:00 to 17:00, from Monday till Friday.

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    1 April 2015

    New Services provided at Visa Application Centre.

    Dear Applicants,

    From 1 April 2015 Visa Application Centre of Finland in Murmansk will provide a Visa Application Form filling Service.

    More information at Additional Services page of our website.

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    13 January 2015

    Change in website address

    Dear Applicants,
    Please note, that this website is now available on the new address : http://visa.finland.eu/Russia/Murmansk/English/index.html

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    Changes to Scheduling Appointments to the Consulate

    A new process has been designed and implemented to schedule an appointment to the Murmansk office of the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg. Please visit the Schedule An Appointment Page for more details. Appointment process for the Visa Application Centre of Finland in Murmansk has not changed.

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    Internal passport copy mandatory for all applicants

    Please note, starting 15 April 2014, Russian internal passport copy becomes mandatory for applying for a Finnish Schengen visa.
    All Russian applicants will need to provide their internal passport at the time of submission and provide copies of the main page with the personal details, as well as all the pages with the registration stamps.

    When documents are submitted by a representative it is mandatory to have copies of the applicant’s internal passport’s pages with the personal information and registration attached to the visa application form.

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    Useful Information for seasonal workers

    A foreign citizen can have the right to work in Finland without the need of a residence permit if he or she is employed for berry, fruit, vegetable picking, works at animal farms for no longer than 90 days in 6 months.
    The application should be submitted only in person by the seasonal worker or by a group representative (as a member of an organized group).
    The application can be submitted to the Murmansk office of the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg or to the Visa Centre of Finland in Murmansk. An appointment has to be booked in advance to submit application at the Consulate. To apply at the Visa Centre no appointment is required.
    Additional information is available here (in Russian) and here (in Finnish).

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    Parental consents for minor child. Important Information for Applicants.

    If the applicant is a minor (under 18 years) and travels alone or with one of his/ her parents, a written, notarized consent of the second parent or the guardian is required. If the consent cannot be provided, then other documents providing the reason for the lack of permission (single parent reference or other documents) are required.

    The consent should not be older than 12 months upon the day of submission and should cover all Schengen countries.