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    21 June 2021

    Effective 21st June 2021, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centres in the Thailand 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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    07 June 2021

    Effective 07 June 2021, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centres in the Thailand 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 who have a valid (urgent and necessary) reason to attend the property in person
    • 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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    01 June 2021

    Finland Visa Application Centre in Bangkok can accept only limited category of applications. Customer 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
    • Seasonal Worker
    • Family members of Finnish citizens even when all family is living together abroad and family is coming to Finland as a tourist
    • Applicants who are coming to Finland to get medical treatment in serious illness (like cancer) and such high-quality treatment is not available in country where they apply

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

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    17 February 2021

    Dear customers! Finland Visa Application Centre in Bangkok will be open for submission on 26th of February, 08:00 hrs – 12:00 hrs. Click here to schedule an appointment

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    08 January 2021

    From 11th January the Finland Visa Application Centre will be operational on Monday & Wednesday from 08:00 hrs – 12:00 hrs and Call Centre from 08:00 hrs – 01:30 hrs until further notice. You may also mail to info.fith@vfshelpline.com, mails will be responded in the next business day. Please check the website for any updates.

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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
    • Seasonal Worker

    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.

    Click here for more updates

    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, passports will be returned back only by courier till further notice for all Finland visa customers, effective 09.09.2020.
    • 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 7 (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.

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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, 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 09.09.2020.

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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, we would like to inform all applicants who have already submitted their biometrics to any Schengen state during the last 59 months do not have to visit the application centre for visa application until further notice. Thus, all such BIO exempt visa applications can be submitted also through travel agents effective 09.09.2020.

    However, please note that you may be requested to visit our application centre for providing biometrics post application submission in case there is a request from local Embassy or Consulate.

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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.