Schengen Visas


All citizens of Russia and CIS countries are required to apply for a visa before entering Finland and/or other countries under the Schengen agreement. Before applying, please ensure you understand your particular ‘purpose of visit’. Schengen visas must be applied for at the respective Embassy/Consulate of the country of your main destination. Your main destination will be the Schengen country where your duration of stay exceeds all others. Due to this, when traveling to more than one Schengen country, you should submit your application to the Embassy/Consulate representing the country of your main destination. In case of equal stay, one has to submit their application to the mission of the Schengen country representing their first port of entry.

The Visa Centre of Finland in St. Petersburg accepts applications for short stay visas only for citizens of Russian Federation and third countries’ citizens permanently residing in the region of operations of Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg. A passport should be valid for at least three (3) months beyond the intended stay in Finland and there should be at least two (2) empty pages available in the passport.

Applicants are expected to visit the Visa Centre by themselves to submit their application. If for some reason the application cannot be submitted by the applicant him/herself, it may be submitted by: 

  • a family member: parent, child (>18 years), grandparent, grandchild, spouse (with confirming documentation: birth certificate, marriage certificate, documents proving change of surname/name)
  • an official institution that the applicant is working for (letter of attorney should be provided)
  • a registered company that the applicant is working for (letter of attorney should be provided)
  • a travel agency, accredited by the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg or Embassy of Finland in Moscow. Click here to view the list of accredited travel agencies.

    Please note that all applicants over 12 years old should come for the submission personally for the biometric data collection. More details here.

Attention! The following categories of applicants have to mandatorily apply in person:

  • Applicants, who do not have permanent registration in St. Petersburg, Leningrad region, Republic of Komi, Pskov region, Novgorod region, Vologda region, Archangel region or  Nenets autonomous area.
    The only exceptions allowed are:
    • submission by a representative of the official institution where the applicant works or studies (letter of attorney should be provided)
    • submission of minors' applications
  • Non-Russian citizens
    The only exception allowed is submission of minors' applications.

Requirements for the Letter of Attorney

Letter of attorney should preferably be written on a headed paper and the following information should be included:

  • Contact details of the company (legal and actual address, phone numbers, e-mail address and website, if any)
  • Date of issue
  • Information about the representative of the company:

    • position in the company
    • internal passport details, including information about permanent registration
  • Personal information about the applicant:

    • mandatory: name, surname, date of birth, position in the company
    • other passport details can be added as additional information

    Please note: If the representative is applying on behalf of several applicants the list of all the applicants should be included.

  • Authorities with the representative of the company:

    • To submit and collect necessary documents on behalf of the company
    • To perform other actions related to the execution of the specified order such as to sign Agency contracts, financial and other documents, as well as to pay fees and charges   in the available payment modes 
  • Signature of the representative of the company
  • Period of validity
  • Position of the responsible person who signs the letter of attorney, his/her surname and name and signature
  • Stamp of the company

If a representative of an applicant submits the documents, it is mandatory to have copies of the applicant’s Internal passport’s pages with the personal information and registration.

Visa category chosen by an applicant must be based on the purpose of travel to Finland and the decision must be made by the applicant him/herself - Visa Centre staff will not be able to assist you in making this decision. 

An application filled incorrectly and carelessly can cause denial of a visa. The applicant may need to supply additional details, e.g. a copy of their domestic passport or a more detailed plan of trip, or the applicant can be invited for an interview at the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg.

The Consulate General of Finland will return processed passports to the Visa Centre. The applicants may order a Courier Service at the time of application submission or collect the documents from the Finnish Visa Centre in St. Petersburg when they are ready.

Please click on the other tabs on this page to view more information about the visa application process.

You can also view the information about your Schengen visa on the website of the Consulate General of Finland in St Petersburg.

Documents Required

The applicant is required to present original documents of those attached to the applications and prepare copies beforehand to be submitted to the Embassy/Consulate General. Please note that the Embassy/Consulate General will not return any documents attached to an application form.

Please note that the visa category chosen by the applicant must be based on the purpose of travel to Finland and the decision must be made by the applicant him/herself. An application filled incorrectly and carelessly can cause a refusal of the visa application. The applicant may need to submit additional details. The applicant may be asked to come for an interview at the Embassy/Consulate.


Checklist can be printed and attached to visa application.

- Tourism
- Property owners in the Schengen area and their close relatives
- Close relatives visiting Russian citizens residing legally in a Schengen Member State
- Close relatives visiting EU (EEA & Swiss) citizens

- Private visit (Friends)
- Employees traveling on business
- Drivers (international cargo and passengers)
- Members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews
- Air crews (if in need of a visa) - Seamen
- Journalists
- Freelance journalists If you are going to work in Finland, you need to obtain a residence permit. In that case, visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Services.
- Participants in scientific, cultural and artistic activities
- Pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers
- Participants in international sports events and accompanying persons in their professional capacity Please note that if your studies last more than 90 days, you need a residence permit. More information can be found at the Embassy's website and at the Finnish Immigration Service's website.
- Picking wild forest berries

Personal data processing consent

According to the Federal law of Russian Federation “About personal data” every applicant has to sign “Personal data processing consent”. For a minor (all children under 14) a lawful representative (parents, tutors, etc.) should sign this document.

For a minor (children 14-18) the document can be signed by the minor with the written consent from the parents or lawful representatives.

Form of personal data processing consent

To Download a Form:

  • Click on the form link
  • When the form opens, save the form on your computer.


  • Press the right button on your mouse on the required link.
  • Select Save Target As from the list
  • Save the form on your computer.

Photo Specifications

To see the visa application photo specifications, please, click here.

Visa Fees

Visa Fees
Schengen visa (age 12 years and above) EUR 80
Children, ages 6–11 (unless otherwise stated in the Visa Facilitation Agreement) EUR 40
Children, 0 to 5 years old EUR 0
Schengen visa for citizens, incl. children, ages 6–11, from the countries listed below (the EU has the Visa Facilitation Agreement with these countries):

- Russian Federation
- Albania
- Armenia
- Azerbaijan
- Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Georgia
- Macedonia
- Moldova
- Montenegro
- Serbia
- Ukraine
EUR 35
- Cape Verde EUR 80
Urgent processing of the application*
- For citizens of Russian Federation and Ukraine only
- Visa will be processed in three (3) working days or less
EUR 70

There is a service charge of 27.20 Euros (inclusive of VAT) levied per application in addition to the visa fees. All children under 6 years old submit their documents free of service charge.

*Acceptance of any application as urgent is solely at the discretion of the Consulate General of Finland in St Petersburg. If you have a reason to believe that your application should be processed urgently, please bring it to the notice of the Visa Center specialist.

The visa fee in Russian Rubles varies with the current exchange rate. The fees are non-refundable.

The applicants who submit their applications at the Visa Centre should pay the visa fee at the cash counter in the centre. Credit cards are accepted as well.

Travel Medical Insurance

Each applicant (including children) must have an insurance policy. An exception are spouses of EU citizens and their under 21-year-old children, as well as holders of diplomatic and official passports on official travel. They do not need an insurance policy.

An applicant for a multiple-entry visa may provide an insurance policy, which is valid during the first trip. The applicant undertakes to purchase an insurance policy for further trips by signing the visa application.

Basic requirements for an insurance policy:

  • Insurance validity area should cover all the Schengen countries, no areal restrictions (for example “Finland, Schengen”) are allowed.
  • Without franchise.
  • The insurance coverage limit should be not less than 30 000 euros or equivalent amount in other currency (for example, 40 000 dollars).
  • Policies should insure the costs in case of sudden illness or accident and assistance on site, including the costs of medical repatriation to the place of permanent residence of the insured person or the repatriation in case of death.

Insurance policies filled in by hand are not accepted.

An applicant always needs to present an original insurance policy and a copy if needed.

Processing Time

We recommend you to apply at least two (2) weeks before the planned trip. Some applications may require further processing. Please note that all applications are processed individually. The Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg may request further documentation, information or you may be called for an interview which can prolong the processing time. 

Please click here to get more detailed information on processing time.

If the application needs to be considered as an urgent case, then make sure to decide about it before submitting the application. Urgent applications are processed only when provided with a written proof (Supplementary Documents). After the documents are submitted and accepted it is not possible to speed up the process. Please note, that it is not possible to submit an urgent application in regional Visa Application Centers in Vyborg, Vologda, Velikiy Novgorod and Pskov.

Please note that as per the Article 23 of REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing a Community code on Visas (Visa Code) the period of consideration of your visa application by respective Consular authority may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.