Find out if you need a visa?
The Schengen states have jointly agreed which countries’ citizens are required to present a visa. Each Schengen state decides which passports and travel documents it accepts from different countries’ citizens.
Schengen member states are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Check if you need a visa to visit Finland and what travel documents are accepted in Finland:
Visa requirement and travel documents accepted by Finland
Where and how to apply for a visa?
If your country of destination is Finland, apply for a visa from the nearest Finnish mission or the visa centre that the mission advises to you. Honorary consuls and consulates cannot grant visas.
It has been agreed with some countries that Finland may be represented by another Schengen state. In such cases, apply for a visa to Finland from the mission of that Schengen state.
Submit your visa application at a mission or visa centre in person. An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax.
Visa application form
Viisumihakemus – Ansökan om visering (suomi, på svenska)
Application for Schengen Visa (English)
Demande de visa Schengen (Français)
Solicitud de visado Schengen (Español)
Анкета-заявление / Schengen Visa (По-русски)
The processing fee must be paid in cash upon application. Some missions accept bank transfers.
A visa from 2 February 2020 onward
- Visa fee (also for a negative decision) EUR 80
- Visa fee for children aged 6 to 11 (also for a negative decision) EUR 40
- In accordance with the visa facilitation agreement between the EU and a third country, the visa fee payable by a citizen of the country in question is (also for a negative decision) EUR 35
- In accordance with a separate visa facilitation agreement the fee for an accelerated procedure is (also for a negative decision) EUR 70
- Forms to which a visa is affixed for persons whose travel document is not accepted by Finland. EUR 10
A visa can be granted free of charge:
- in the event of major disasters or other similar situations whenever supported by humanitarian reasons
- for groups of schoolchildren or adolescents under 18 years of age participating in cultural or sports events to which they have been invited by the event sponsor
- to holders a diplomatic or service passport or their family members, whose visit will be of considerable importance for the relations between Finland and the foreign state in question.
- Single-entry visa
allows the holder to enter Finland once and stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
- Double-entry visa
allows entry into Finland twice and may be valid within the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
- Multiple-entry visa
is granted for several consecutive visits to the Schengen area. The total duration of the stays may not exceed the number of days stated on the visa sticker, that is, up to 90 days in a 180-day period. A multiple-entry visa is valid for a maximum of five (5) years.
- Airport transit visa
allows the visa holder transit via the international zone of the airport during a stopover or change between two flights. Entry in the national zone is prohibited. Citizens of the following countries need a transit visa:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka.