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    05 September 2020

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand re-opens

    Effective 09 September 2020, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand for below visa categories:

    •  Spouses of Finnish Citizen 
    •  An established relationship

    Note: Those applying for a visa based on an established relationship must submit, in addition to the other supporting documents required, a written free-form explanation of the relationship.

    Submission of applications for any other visa categories is still suspended.

    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 37.5 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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    05 September 2020

    • Keeping in mind the health and safety of all our customers and employees in view of the ongoing COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, the passports will be returned back only by courier till further notice for all Finland visa customers, effective 09.09.2020 as approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland.
    • In Thailand 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 7 (equivalent in local currency), irrespective of the delivery location, which also covers the courier company’s costs. There is no change in the fee.
    • 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.
    • 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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    05 September 2020

    Keeping in mind the health and safety of all our customers and employees in view of the ongoing COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, no walk-in customers are allowed at the Finland VAC Thus, all visa applications can only be submitted by prior appointment till further notice, as approved by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland.

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    10 July 2020

    Effective 20 July 2020, the Finland Visa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand will be relocated to Chamchuri Square. Click here for more details.

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    18 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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    10 March 2020

    In light of the outbreak of novel coronavirus, body temperature will be checked before applicants enter the Visa Application Centre.

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    18 November 2019

    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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    29 August 2016

    Time for representative including travel agencies

    Every travel agent administration and representative is allowed between 08:00-10:00 and 15:00-16:00 only.

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    09 July 2016

    Passport Collection by representative including travel agencies

    Time for Passport Collection by representative / travel agency is on Mondays - Fridays between 15:00 – 16:00 only.