Finnish embassies and consulates for Schengen Visas

Finnish embassies and consulates

When traveling to Finland from outside the EU or Schengen Area, or from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Finland is a member, you need a Schengen Visa, and will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Finland has close to 83 embassies and 386 consulates spread in countries all over the world.

What services do Finland’s embassies and consulates provide?

Officials at Finland’s embassies and consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing Schengen Visas. They may also encourage tourism to the country by providing information to potential tourists or business visitors.

Finnish embassies and consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico

Below is a list of the cities where the embassy or consulate is located in major nations. If your home state is not on the list, you can look up the locations of your nearest Finnish mission on the website below. In most countries, these will be located in capital cities or major population centers.

Finnish foreign ministry website : um.fi/frontpage

Finland embassies and consulates in the U.S.

Finland has contacts in many major cities, with the embassy in Washington D.C., and consulates in Los Angeles, New York, Anchorage, Alaska, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Cave Creek (Arizona), Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Michigan, Hancock (Michigan), Honolulu, Houston, Lake Worth (Florida), Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Newark, Norfolk (Virginia), Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Virginia (Minnesota).

Finnish embassies and consulates in the U.K.

Finland has embassies, consulates or vice consulates in the cities of London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dover, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Rochester, Sheffield, Southampton, and St. Helier in the Channel Islands. It also has consulates in the overseas territories of Gibraltar and Bermuda.

Finnish embassies and consulates in China

Finland’s embassy is based in Beijing.

Finnish embassies and consulates in India

Finland has embassies or consulates in the major cities of Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, and New Delhi.

Finnish embassies and consulates in Indonesia

Finland has an embassy in Jakarta and a consulate in Denpasar.

Finnish embassies and consulates in Brazil

Finland has an embassy in Brasilia and consulates in Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Recife, Belo Horizonte, Belem, Curitiba, Manaus, Salvador, and Sao Paulo.

Finnish embassies and consulates in Mexico

Finland's embassy is located in Mexico City and the country has consulates in Acapulco, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana, and Veracruz.

Do I have to apply for a Finnish Visa at an embassy or consulate?

In many countries, Finnish embassy or consulate officials do not process initial applications or conduct visa application interviews, an essential part of the process where you will submit supporting documents and provide biometric data. The main visa application partner of Finland is the firm VFS Global - so they may act on the country’s behalf in your nation. Employees can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. The company’s website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html

What if Finland does not have an embassy or consulate in my country?

Finland does not have an embassy or consulate in every state, so if there is not one in your country, then officials from another Schengen nation, or a visa applications partner, such as VFS Global, will act on the country’s behalf. In some places, Finland handles applications for other Schengen states without an embassy, such as Estonia.

What does this have to do with travel insurance?

If you plan to apply for a Schengen Visa to Finland you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs just €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.

Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.

If you are traveling to a country other than Finland, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:

Frequently asked questions about Finnish embassies/consulates and Schengen Visas

How long will it take for the Finnish embassy or consulate to process a Schengen Visa?

The processing time for a Finnish Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation, but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.

If the Finnish Embassy refuses my Schengen Visa, can I appeal?

Yes. You can appeal if your visa application is refused for most reasons.

Will I have to turn up in person to be interviewed when obtaining my Finnish Schengen Visa?

Yes. You need to attend an interview to submit and check the supporting documents submitted alongside your Schengen Visa application and to provide biometric data.