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    22 September 2021

    Dear Customers,

    Please mind the below changes in the application submission process to be effective from 1.10.2021:

    • Holders of expired Schengen Visas issued by Finland that were valid for 2 years or longer can apply for a new visa for the same travel purpose, regardless of the purpose’s nature. In case of not possessing the aforementioned visa themselves, close family members can apply together with such holders. List of documents to be submitted would be as per the standard requirements. Additionally, a copy of the expired visa would need to be attached to the application.
    • Customers can apply Business-related purpose visas by providing documents as per the standard requirements. Click here for more details
    • The currently accepted categories of applications can still be submitted at the Visa Application Center.
    • Applications will be accepted with prior appointments only. To book an appointment, please click here or contact our call center via +7 (8142) 59-98-01 and +7 (8142) 33-08-30. Please select your appointment category carefully when booking the appointment online. Customers planning to submit the applications in the Premium lounge should select the “Premium Lounge” category, regardless of the visa category.

    -    IMPORTANT! The Expansion of the categories to be accepted does not change the Finland border crossing restrictions that are currently in force. Acceptance of a visa application and/or the issuance of a visa does not guarantee immediate entry to Finland.

    -    Passport collection is happening solely through delivery via courier to the address specified by the customer during application submission.

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    16 September 2021

    Premium Lounge Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk

    Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk is happy to announce the comfortable and exclusive service for submission of visa applications in Premium Lounge for an additional fee, which will be available from 01 October 2021.

    Premium Lounge will be open from Monday till Friday from 09:00 till 17:00. Customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment. To book an appointment please call +7 (8142) 59-98-01 or +7 (8142) 33-08-30 from 09:00 till 16:00 on Mondays – Fridays.

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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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    05 September 2021

    Dear Customers,

    Finland Visa Application Centre schedule effective 06.09.2021:

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

    Prime time submission: 15:00-16:00 (Monday to Wednesday)

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    18 August 2021

    Dear Customers,

    Please be informed that starting from 18 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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    11 August 2021

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    For our Clients’ attention

    VFS Global is an official partner of Petrozavodsk Office of Consulate General of Finland in Saint-Petersburg in visa outsourcing services. Company manages with administrative and other tasks not related to visa decision processes, providing services for reception and processing of documents for visa.

    VFS Global is authorized only to provide clients with administrative support services such as collecting documents for visa and returning passports in sealed envelopes.

    The decision to issue a visa and the time for processing documents are the exclusive prerogative of Petrozavodsk Office of Consulate General of Finland in Saint-Petersburg. VFS Global does not play any role, does not influence the decision and does not recommend any choices of the visa category.

    As part of its work, VFS Global follows a transparent and centralized system of online appointment scheduling in Russia, and company employees do not have the authority or access to the system to influence the number of available slots or the electronic registration procedure. If you have any questions, please write to enterprisesecurity@vfsglobal.com

    VFS Global does NOT have any relationships with agents (including travel companies, print offices, flight booking and travel insurance agents) in Russia to provide any advice or service. VFS Global is not responsible for the consequences of interacting with third parties and paying them remuneration for services or advices provided. VFS Global is not responsible for the results of decisions made by customers when obtaining services from any unauthorized source or by any unofficial means.

    Please make sure that you are served by the Visa Application Center staff on the territory of the Visa Application Center. Visa Application Center staff have been strictly instructed not to refer clients to any outside agent, travel agency or print office.

    It is easy to identify VFS Global employees by their official VFS Global form and name badges.

    You can report individuals who claim to be authorized agents of VFS Global, or contact Coproratesecurity@vfsglobal.com for any related issues.

    Thank you for your cooperation!

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    24 June 2021

    Dear Customers!

    Finland Visa Application Centre schedule effective 01.07.2021:

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

    Prime time submission: 15:00-16:00 (Monday to Friday)

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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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    31 May 2021

    Dear Customers!

    Finland Visa Application Centre will be closed on 14 June 2021.

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

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    28 April 2021

    Dear Customers!

    Finland Visa Application Centre will be closed on 3 May, 4 May, 5 May and 10 May 2021.

    Finland Visa Appliation Centre will be open for submission on 11 May, 12 May and 13 May 2021, 09:00 – 14:00.

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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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    04 March 2021

    Dear Customers!

    Finland Visa Application Centre will be closed on the 08 March 2021.

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    04 February 2021

    Finland Visa Application Centre schedule effective 15.02.2021

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

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

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

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    04 February 2021

    Dear customers! Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk will be closed on 22 February 2021 and 23 February 2021. Finland Visa Application Centre will be open for submission on 24 February 2021 and 26 February 2021, 09:00 – 14:00.

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    19 December 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre schedule during New Year Holidays 2021

    1-10 January 2021 Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk is closed.

    All passports submitted before 18 March 2020 to be collected before 30 December 2020.

    Dear Clients!

    Please be informed that 30 December 2020 is the last day for collecting passports submitted at the Visa Centre before 18 March 2020. Post that date all unclaimed passports will be returned to Petrozavodsk Office of Consulate General of Finland in Saint- Petersburg

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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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    22 October 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk re-opens

    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 02 November 2020.

    To book appointment to Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk, 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 Petrozavodsk:

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

    Tuesday 09:00-14:00 Passport collection with a prior appointment for applications submitted before 18.03.2020*.

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

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

    Visa Application Centre will work on the 5th of November 09:00-14:00- Application submission with a prior appointment for selected visa categories.

    Courier return of passports to your location of choice

    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 02.11.2020 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.

    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.

    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.

    We are grateful for their understanding.

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    24 September 2020

    Guidelines on making an appointment for passport collection at the Visa Application Centre

    1. Please create an account by registering your email id in the appointment system. Upon registration, you will receive an activation of account email. Kindly note, that even if you have already had an account it might have been deleted as per the purging policy after not being used for a while. Please make a new registration.
    2. Once your account is activated, please make a registration entry by clicking on “Schedule an appointment”.
    3. Choose Visa Application Centre and purpose of travel “Collection of passport”
    4. Please add your details in the opened screen.

    Important:

    • In the absence of your foreign passport, the internal passport number can be entered.
    • It is not required to schedule and enter details of each family or group member for passport collection. The details of the person visiting the Visa Centre will suffice.
    In case of any questions or queries, please, contact us at finlandvisa.petrozav@vfshelpline.com All emails will be attended to within 48 hours on working days of the Visa Application Centre
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    06 August 2020

    Dear Customers,

    Please be informed that starting from 10th August, 2020 Finland Visa Application Center will be opened for passport collection every Monday from 10 am to 2 pm.

    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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    20 March 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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    28 February 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule in March 2020

    9 March 2020 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

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    01 February 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule in February 2020

    24 February 2020 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

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    19 December 2019

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule in December 2019 and January 2020

    31 December 2019 - Visa Application Centre is open from 09:00 hrs till 14:00 hrs only for passport collection.

    01 January 2020 - 05 January 2020 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

    06 January 2020 – Visa Application Centre will be open from 09:00 hrs till 14:00 hrs

    07 January 2020 – 08 January 2020 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

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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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    24 October 2019

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule in November 2019

    04 November 2019 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

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    20 August 2019

    Changes in the package of documents for visa application submission effective 01 September 2019

    Dear Applicants! Kindly note that effective 01 September 2019 the package of supporting documents for a visa application will be changed. For more information, please click here
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    07 June 2019

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule in June 2019

    12 June 2019 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

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    15 April 2019

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule in May 2019

    01 – 03 May 2019 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

    09 – 10 May 2019 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

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    30 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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    01 March 2019

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule in March 2019

    08 March 2019 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

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    12 January 2019

    New additional services available from 14 of January 2019. For your convenience, we are pleased to offer you our new additional service: Get It Right Service to check your package of documents online before coming to the Visa Application Centre. This service costs 15 euro per application and includes Pre-check of Visa Application form, passport and supporting documents

    - Faster service at the Visa Centre

    To request this service, please, contact us at getitrightpetrozav@vfsglobal.com

    In your request please specify the amount of applications to be checked and your mobile phone number. By sending your request you are agreeing to the offer terms and giving your consent for personal data processing

    The service fee charge from 01 January 2019

    Dear Applicants, please note, that from 01 January 2019 the service fee will be revised to 27,20 euros.

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    29 November 2018

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule in December 2018 and January 2019

    29 December 2018- Visa Application Centre is open from 09:00 till 14:00 only for passport collection.

    30 December 2018 – 2 January 2019 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

    3 January 2019 – Visa Application Centre will be open from 09:00 till 16:00

    4 January– 8 January 2019 – Visa Application Centre will be closed

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    19 October 2018

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Petrozavodsk schedule during November Holidays 2018.

    05 November 2018 – Finland Visa Application Centre is closed

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    25 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