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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 Turkey 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

    Dear Customers,

    Effective 7th June 2021, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centres in the Turkey 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.
    • 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 Istanbul & Ankara can accept only limited category of applications. Customer can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Istanbul & Ankara, Turkey for below visa categories:

    • Return to Finland
    • Return to or through other EU and Schengen countries
    • Essential reason
    • Special groups (such as representatives of culture, sports and business life)
    • 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 May 2021

    Finland Visa Application Centres in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey re-opens

    Effective 17 May 2021, customers can submit visa applications with a prior appointment at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey for below visa categories:

    • family member of a Finnish national (according to previous definition of who is a family member)
    • family member of an EU or Schengen national residing in Finland (according to previous definition of who is a family member)
    • 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

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

    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 required to wear face mask and gloves.

    Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 38 degrees Celsius), cough and difficulty breathing will be allowed to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.

    Apart from the safety procedures conducted, please note that

    • Limited number of customers will be allowed inside the Visa Application Center at a time. Thank you for your understanding
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    14 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 03 September 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 10.00 (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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    31 August 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 03.09.2020.

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    11 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.