Applying for Schengen Visa in Finland
Visiting Finland on a Schengen Visa
With its incredible lakes and frozen woodland, as well as the vibrant capital, Helsinki, Finland is becoming an increasingly popular tourist spot for those who want to get back to nature. To travel to Finland for a short trip lasting fewer than 90 days you will need a Finland Schengen Visa, as it is part of the Schengen Area of European countries that have abolished border controls between each other.
Depending on the purpose of your travel to Finland, different types of visas will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Finland permanently, you will have to apply for a different Schengen Visa.
Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Finland?
If you are traveling to Finland you will need a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with the area, or if you have been refused for visa-free travel.
The standard fee for processing your Schengen Visa application is €80 for adults and €40 for minors.
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Finland?
In addition to this, you will need two recently taken passport-style photos, your passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. As the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland stipulates, any foreigner applying for a Finland Visa must show you have a minimum €30 per day of your trip. You can do this by showing bank statements, hotel bookings, and that your income or investments are enough to support yourself during your stay.
What are the Finland Visa requirements for a work, business or student visa?
If applying for a work visa to Finland you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet Finland Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You will also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a longer time work visa, or are applying for a short-stay Schengen Visa for business. Student visas require proof of enrolment at an institution in Finland, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter.
What are the steps to follow when applying for a Finland Schengen Visa?
Work out which Finland Schengen Visa type you need based on the purpose of your travel. Collect the required documents for a visa to Finland. Make a visa appointment with the Finland embassy/consulate or an accredited visa application centre in your home country. Attend the visa interview at the Finland embassy/consulate/visa application center. Wait to see if your visa is approved - you can also track your application.
Where do I apply for a Finland Schengen Visa?
You will need to apply to the Finland embassy or consulate in your country of residence, or a visa application center acting on its behalf. The official visa partner of Austria is VFS Global - so they may act on Finland’s behalf in your country.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
Those traveling to the Schengen Area, including Finland, need travel cover. 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.
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- What is the Schengen Agreement ?
- All you need to know about border control in the Schengen Area
- What does Schengen mean ?
- What is the Schengen acquis ?
Frequently asked questions about getting a Finland Schengen Visa
The processing time for a Finland 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.
Yes. You can extend your Finland short-stay visa but only in exceptional cases or emergencies.
Yes. Your visa could be revoked if you no longer meet the criteria your visa was issued under.