21 March 2020
Due to the Corona virus / COVID-19 situation, Finland has temporarily suspended accepting and processing visa and residence permit applications globally.
02 December 2019
Change in appointment scheduling
Starting from 05 December 2019, Finland will introduce a new process to ensure more efficient visa application processing. Appointment booking is mandatory, and applicants are required to pay the service fee in advance. More information here.
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.