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Last updated: May 2023

Welcome to the application guide for the Finland Schengen Visa. This guide aims to provide you with essential information and step-by-step instructions to help you successfully apply for a Schengen Visa to visit Finland.

Whether you're planning a holiday, business trip, or any other purpose of travel, we've got you covered with all the necessary details and tips for a smooth visa application process. Let's get started!

Keep reading for more info or apply online now via our website or our iVisa app!

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What is the Finland Schengen Visa?

The Finland Schengen Visa is a short-stay visa allowing eligible travelers to travel to Finland and the Schengen Area, without the hassle of border crossings or applying for separate visas for each country on their European itinerary.

With the Finland Schengen Visa in hand, the applicant gains access to 27 Schengen states: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Finland, and Switzerland.

This visa, also called the Finland Tourist Visa, allows you to visit each Schengen state. However, Finland should be the primary destination where you plan to spend most of your time within the Schengen Zone.

What can I do with the Finnish Schengen Visa?

  • Tourist activities.

  • Visit friends and family.

  • Conduct business activities.

  • Travel to Finland for health reasons.

  • Do training placements and internships.

  • Conduct scientific research.

  • Attend sports- and cultural events.

What can I not do with the Finnish Schengen Visa?

  • Do remunerated business (paid work).

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Who can apply for the Finland Schengen Visa?

Foreign travelers from over 100 countries must meet specific requirements and undergo an interview process to get a Schengen Visa to visit Finland and every other Schengen country.

Check if you need a Schengen Visa by using our easy Visa Checker Tool and apply directly with us online!

Who is exempt from getting the Finland Schengen Visa?

Both European residents and nationals of Schengen member states can travel visa-free within the Schengen Zone.

Among other visa-exempt nationalities are:

  • United States

  • United Kingdom

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Canada

Please note: If you have a biometric passport from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, or Ukraine, you don’t need the Finland Schengen Visa to visit the country.

Do children and minors need this visa to enter Finland?

Children or minors must also get a Schengen Visa if they visit Finland and they are from an eligible country. Additional documents, such as a birth certificate, and consent from both legal guardians may be required.

Check if you need a Schengen Visa using our easy Visa Checker Tool and apply directly with us online!

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How long is the Finland Schengen Visa valid for?

With this visa travelers are allowed a maximum stay of 90 days Per Entry within a 180-day period. This means you can freely enter and travel between Finland and other Schengen countries as often as you like, as long as the total duration of your visit does not exceed 90 days.

However, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs determines the type of visa you receive, whether it is multiple-entry, double-entry, or single-entry. If granted a Multiple Entry visa, its validity can range from 180 days to a maximum of 5 years (with max. stay of 90 days Per Entry).

Typically, it is not possible to extend a Schengen Visa during your trip, unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical emergency. If you wish to extend your stay, you must exit the Schengen Area and apply for a new visa.

Read more about other Finland Visa requirements for a long-stay visa, work visa, or residence permit, on the website of the Finland Embassy or Consulate near you.

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Required documents and information for the Finnish Schengen Visa application

When applying for the Finnish Schengen Visa with us, you’ll receive a complete list of documents by email that you must submit during the process.

Here’s a general overview of required documents:

  • A copy of your valid passport: It must be valid for at least six months after your planned arrival date.

  • Travel itinerary: Include a confirmed return ticket to your home country, confirmed hotel reservation(s), tour bookings, or an invitation letter from your host.

  • Proof of sufficient funds: Provide documents to prove that you can support yourself financially during your entire trip, such as bank statements, for example.

  • Travel/medical insurance: It must cover expenses for medical treatment up to €30,000 in the Schengen Area and repatriation in case of an emergency.

  • Two passport-size photos: If you don’t have one, use our affordable digital photo service from the comfort of your own home!

  • Visa application form: You’ll receive this during the application process.

  • Other supporting documents: Proving your civil and employment status (if applicable).

Also provide additional documents for any dependents traveling with you, such as your spouse or children.

Please note: The documents need to be in English, Finnish, Swedish, or Greek. If your current documents are not in any of these languages, please translate them into any of the mentioned languages.

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How to apply for the Finland Schengen visa online with us

To get your Finland Visa without hassle, follow the below steps:

  • Step 1: Fill out your personal and travel details on our website or our user-friendly iVisa app!

  • Step 2: Double-check all entered info and pay the iVisa processing fee with a debit or credit card or PayPal.

The government fee must be paid at the embassy, consulate, or Visa Application Center (VAC) in your country during your visa appointment.

  • Step 3: Fill out our simple application form. You’ll receive a complete step-by-step manual with how to fill out the form correctly and which required documents to bring to the mandatory visa interview.

When applying with us today, you’ll only need to upload a passport scan and passport photo.

We will make a visa appointment on your behalf and make sure you know what to expect during the rest of the application process. Visa applications are a breeze when using our services!

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Visa fees and processing time of the Finland Schengen Visa application

We currently offer the following processing option for the Finnish Schengen Visa:

  • Standard processing: Takes up to 30 days for a fee of USD $149.99, excluding government fees.

This includes full support to guide you from start to finish, plus a PDF guide to help you fill out the application form and prepare for your visa interview.

  • Government processing: The Finnish government aims to give a decision on your application within 15 days, however this can be longer depending on your application and the embassy workload.

We recommend applying well in advance of your trip to account for delays. It’s possible to start your application six months before your departure date.

The government fee of approx. US$85 (differs per nationality) is paid separately during the visa appointment (half-price for children between the age of 6 and 12 and free for kids under 6 years old).

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Do I need a Finland Schengen Visa if I’m transiting through the country?

If you are from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, or Sri Lanka you will need an Airport Transit Visa.

We advise you to get in touch with your local embassy to check if you need a Finland Airport Transit Visa because this type of information can change on short notice.

Benefits of getting your Finland Schengen Visa with us

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all information and make sure it’s 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Unlimited access to our iVisa Experts: Our iVisa Experts will guide you through the entire application process and answer any questions you may have.

  • Simplified form: Applying for a visa can be confusing and tedious. At iVisa, we’ll make sure to only include relevant questions, making the application hassle-free.

  • Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.

  • Step-by-step guide: Apply with us and receive an exclusive manual with all the tips you need to answer difficult sections and get your document without problems.

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Entry requirements and restrictions in Finland

Good news! To enter Finland and the Schengen Area, you do not need to provide proof of COVID-19 tests or vaccination certificates.

Other travel documents for Finland

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), is a new European system designed to enhance security in the region. It serves the purpose of assessing whether visa-exempt travelers to the European Union and the Schengen Area pose any safety risks to the region.

While the ETIAS system is not yet active, it is expected to function similarly to the United States' ESTA system. If you are fortunate enough to benefit from visa-free travel and do not require a Schengen Visa, you can apply for your ETIAS through our online platform as soon as it becomes available!

Where can I learn more?

Learn more about the Finnish Schengen Visa by contacting our dedicated online team of customer service agents. They are available via online chat to assist with any questions, or you can email them at [email protected].

Required Documents to Apply
  • Passport scan.

  • Applicant’s photo.

Important Instructions
  • The Finland Schengen Visa is a multiple-entry travel document to visit Finland and all 26 countries of the Schengen Area.

  • This visa is valid for 180 days, and you can stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days.

  • We advise you to apply for this visa 2 months ahead to avoid any delays.

  • With the Finland Schengen Visa you can do tourism, unpaid business activities, or activities related to studies and internships, attend sports or cultural events, visit friends and family, receive medical treatment, and participate in conferences.

  • You can also enter by air, land, or sea with the Finland Schengen Visa.

  • If you are traveling by sea, or you are a sailor, we advise you to apply 3 months in advance.

  • You can complete the visa application form online with iVisa. We assigned you an iVisa Expert to review your application to make it 100% government-compliant, so you can avoid rejections.

  • To apply, you will need your valid passport. It needs to have been issued for the past 10 years, be valid for at least 3 months after your visa has expired, and contain at least 2 blank pages.

  • For this visa you will have to pay a government fee of $85.73 USD (80 euros) in cash (appointment fee not included).

  • Children between the age of 6 and 11 will need to pay a government fee of $42.87 USD (40 euros) in cash.

  • Sometimes these fees can be paid online, depending on the country you are applying from.

  • Children under 6 years old don’t need to pay a government fee.

  • If you have a family member from the EEA, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway, you don’t have to pay a government fee.

  • Find more information about fees in the FAQs section.

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A Finland Schengen Visa is issued in at least 15 working days. Sometimes it can take 45 days. The process can be long, especially if you apply alone. For that reason, we recommend you apply 2 months in advance for this Visa to avoid any delays.

Remember that with iVisa you can apply easily and fast for a Finland Schengen Visa with the help of an iVisa Visa Expert. Forget about going through a stressful visa application for yourself and start to enjoy planning your trip!

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It will only take around 20 minutes to fill out our simplified form online.

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To submit your online application, we only require you to have your passport scan and an application photo. That’s it!

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You should bring the following documents:

  • Your printed and signed application form.

  • Your application photo. We recommend that you also bring an extra copy of the photo, just in case.

  • The payment for the visa fee.

  • Your collected fingerprints in case you have not registered them in the VIS (Visa Information System) for the previous 59 months. Children younger than 12 don’t need to follow this requirement.

  • Your valid passport. It needs to have been issued for the past 10 years, be valid for at least 3 months after your visa has expired, and contain at least 2 blank pages.

  • Copies of your previous Schengen Visas (if needed).

  • Proves that you are capable of financing your trip. For example, your bank statement from the last 3 months. Take into account that to travel to Finland, you need to prove that you will expend at least EUR 30 per day.

  • Your proof of accommodation. For example, a hotel booking.

  • A letter of invitation from your host with contact information. For example, a telephone number, passport number, or current address. If your host is your spouse, a friend, or a relative, please specify that. It is always helpful.

  • Your travel itinerary. It is always helpful to detail all the activities you’re going to do during your trip and means of transport.

  • Return tickets. This helps to support the fact that you can afford your trip and that you have reasons to go back to your country.

  • In the case of a business trip, you will need an invitation from the company or from the person arranging the meeting you will attend.

  • Proves that you have enough reasons to return to your country. For example, documents that show you are currently working or studying, have family ties, or have properties.

  • If you are traveling alone as a minor, you will need parental consent.

  • Health insurance for travel that could cover hospitalizations, emergencies, urgent treatments and healthcare, death, or repatriation in the Schengen area of at least 30,000 euros.

  • If you're traveling to Finland for medical treatment and cannot receive the necessary treatment in your home country, you'll need a medical certificate to prove it. Additionally, you'll need to provide detailed documents that demonstrate your payment for the treatment you'll be receiving in Finland.

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Yes, you can! The Finland Schengen Visa is a travel authorization that allows you to visit Finland and all the countries from the Schengen area.

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No. There is a government fee that you will usually need to pay.

You need to pay at the embassy, consulate, or Visa Application Center(VAC) a government fee of $85.73 USD (80 euros) in cash (appointment fee not included). Children between the age of 6 and 11 will need to pay a government fee of $42.87 USD (40 euros) in cash. Children under 6 years old won't need to pay a government fee.

If you are a citizen from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, or Ukraine you need to pay a government fee of $37.51 USD (35 euros).

If you are a citizen of the Gambia, you will need to pay $128.59 USD (120 euros).

You won’t need to pay a government fee if you are:

  • A foreign member of a family composed of members of the EEA or citizens of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway

  • 25 or less and traveling as a non-profit organization representative to go to events, seminars, or conferences related to sports, culture, or education.

  • Going to Finland as a school pupil, for academic purposes like accompanying a professor as a formal university or doctorate student to do research or training.

  • Traveling as a researcher to the country to do academic research.

  • Traveling to Finland due to disasters or for any humanitarian reason.

  • If you hold a diplomatic or service passport or if the family member you are going with has important diplomatic affairs with Finland.

  • If you are under 18, and you’ve been officially invited with a group of children to a school sport or cultural event.

We charge a small fee but remember that by applying beforehand with iVisa, you can avoid any delays or errors, including saving time at immigration. Our team of experts will also review your application to minimize the likelihood of errors to guarantee you a smooth entry to Finland.

NOTE: Sometimes you can pay the government fees online, depending on your application location.

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The Finland Schengen Visa is a travel authorization, with a validity period of 180 days and a permitted stay of a maximum of 90 days.

Note: We offer you an application for a multiple-entry visa, but in the end, it is the Embassy that decides if you will receive a multiple-entry, double-entry, or single-entry visa.

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There are no COVID-19 requirements for travelers to enter Finland.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service agents if you have further questions, they’re available for you 24/7.

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