Finland Schengen Visa - Application Process and Requirements for Tourists

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Jun 13, 2022

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Finland is another beautiful country that forms part of the Schengen Area. But, like all the other Schengen Member States, you may need a visa to enter.

The type of visa you need depends on the purpose of your trip.

Suppose you plan to visit the magical forest of Suomenlinna, marvel at the northern lights, or explore the historical castle of Olavinlinna. In that case, you need a Finland Tourist Visa.

Don't you mean Schengen Visa?

Well yes. The Finland Schengen Visa and Tourist Visa are the same visas. It all depends on what you like to call it. Nonetheless, this is the visa you'll need if you plan to visit Finland for tourism purposes.

In this post, I'll walk you through everything there is to know about the Finland Schengen/Tourist Visa. After this guide, you'll be able to easily apply for your next Finland Tourist Visa.

Here's what I'll cover:

How To Get A Finland Schengen Visa Without Effort?

Applying for visas takes time and effort. Sadly, not all of us have an abundant amount of time on our hands. So if you wish to save time and effort, I highly recommend using Atlys when applying for your Finland Schengen Visa.

It's easy to use and will automatically generate the required documents for you (like proof of accommodation, a flight itinerary, etc.). With Atlys, you'll be able to complete the entire application process within 10 minutes. Don't believe me? Try it yourself!

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General Information About The Finland Schengen Visa

Before jumping into the visa application and its requirements, I'll address some general questions most travelers tend to have about the Finland Schengen Visa.

If you already have a general understanding of the Finland Schengen Visa, feel free to skip to the required documents or the visa application process.

What Is The Finland Schengen Visa?

The Finland Schengen Visa, also known as the Tourist Visa, allows you to enter Finland for tourism purposes. Such purposes include vacation, site seeing, leisure, and so on.

Short business trips are also allowed under the Finland Schengen Visa. However, you can't work in the country. Acceptable business purposes include attending meetings, functions, meeting clients, etc.

If your trip to Finland does not include tourism or business, you need to apply for another type of visa.

The different types of Finland Visas include student visas, work visas, long-stay visas (like residence permits), and so on.

Quick note: Some travelers refer to the Finland Schengen Visa as the Finland Tourist Visa and short-stay visa. These terms refer to a visa that allows you to enter the country (the only difference being the name). In this post, I'll use both these terms.

Do I Need A Finland Schengen Visa?

Well, that depends on your home country.

Some nationals, like US citizens, enjoy something called a visa waiver program (visa-free travel). Simply put, nationals from countries that fall under the visa waiver program don't need to apply for a Schengen Visa when visiting Finland.

For example:

Citizens from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and the Schengen Area don't need a Schengen Visa to enter Finland. This is also true for citizens from the US, Canada, Australia, etc.

On the other hand, some nationals don't enjoy such visa-free benefits. Generally, most third-country (non-EU) citizens need to apply for a Finland Schengen Visa to visit the country.

If you're still unsure if you need a visa, you can visit the official government website for the most up-to-date information. Additionally, in the FAQ section below, I'll add a list of countries that enjoy visa-free travel to Finland.

How Long Can I Stay In Finland With A Schengen Visa?

The Schengen Visa will allow you to visit Finland for a maximum of 90 days within every 180-day period.

In some cases, you may only stay in Finland for the duration you specified in your visa application form. Therefore, always check the validity period on your visa sticker before traveling.

Remember:

Overstaying your welcome in Finland can lead to heavy fines, jail time, and even a ban.

Where Can I Apply For The Finland Schengen Visa?

You can start your application at your nearest Finish Mission or Embassy. It's also possible to apply for your visa at an authorized Visa Application Centre.

I should mention that Honorary Consuls and Consulates cannot grant visas.

Unfortunately, some countries don't have a Finish Embassy or Consulate. But, not to worry, you can apply for your Schengen Visa at other Schengen Embassies.

Here you'll find a list of countries that don't have a Finland Embassy and where their nationals should apply.

Here's how it works:

Once you click on the link above, you'll be redirected to a new page. There you'll find a list of countries that don't have Finland representatives.

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If your country is on that list, it means you need to apply at another Schengen Embassy. All you need to do is click on your country, and you'll find where you need to apply.

Let's take Botswana as an example.

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As you can see, nationals from Botswana need to apply at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany within Botswana.

What Is The Finland Schengen Visa Processing Time?

The processing time for your Finland Schengen Visa is normally around 15 business days. But, unfortunately, it can take as long as 45 days. This can be because of missing documents, incomplete application forms, or a sudden demand for Finland visas.

When Must I Apply For My Finland Schengen Visa?

At the latest, you can start your visa application 15 days before your planned trip. Nevertheless, I don't suggest starting your application this late.

The earliest you can apply is 6 months before your trip. I recommend starting your application at least 3 months before traveling. Doing this will leave you enough time should something unexpected happen (like a longer visa processing time)

How Much Is The Finland Schengen Visa Fee?

You can expect to pay the following fees for your Finland Schengen Visa:

  • For adults: 80 EUR

  • For children 6 - 12 years: 40 EUR

  • For children under 6 years: Free

What Are The Minimum Financial Requirements To Visit Finland?

You'll find that all Schengen Member States have their own minimum financial requirements when visiting. This requirement has been implemented to ensure that visitors have the financial means to support themselves during their stay.

If you plan to visit Finland, the minimum financial requirement is €30 per day. So, suppose you plan to visit Finland for 30 days, then you need to prove that you have a minimum of €900 available in your bank account (€30 x 30 days).

Remember, this is only the minimum amount. Your visa application will look much more compelling if you prove you have more finances.

Can I Travel To Other Schengen Countries With The Finland Schengen Visa?

You're allowed to travel to any Schengen States with your Finland Schengen Visa. Nonetheless, you need to clearly state that you plan to travel to other countries in your application.

You can visit the following Schengen Member States with your Finland Tourist Visa:

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.

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What Are The Required Documents For The Finland Schengen Visa?

Now that you have a general understanding of the Finland Schengen Visa, we can look at its requirements and application process.

First, I'll briefly discuss the required documents and what you need to submit.

Quick note: As I just mentioned, I'll only briefly describe the required documents. If you're looking for a more detailed guide, you can find it here. The guide explains each requirement in detail.

Here are the documents you'll need to submit at the Embassy:

What Are The COVID-19 Required Documents?

Covid requirements and protocols can change without notice. For this reason, I can't specify the exact documents you require as they might have already changed. So instead, use Atlys's COVID-19 tool to learn about the country requirements and what you need to enter Finland.

One thing I can include is that you must have fully recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months or be fully vaccinated against the virus. Keep in mind that only approved vaccinations will allow entry into Finland.

You won't be able to visit Finland with only a negative COVID-19 test result.

How To Apply For The Finland Schengen Visa?

You now know the documents you need to submit for a successful Schengen Visa application. Next, I'll walk you through the steps you need to take when you start your application.

Step 1 - Collect The Required Documents

Start collecting the required documents first.

Why?

It's the most time-consuming part of the process. Doing this first will allow you to leave enough time for unexpected delays, such as collecting an incorrect document, finding accommodation, and so on.

When gathering all your required documents, make a list of what you need to get. It's the easiest way to keep track of the documents you've collected.

Step 2 - Fill In Your Schengen Visa Application Form

Ok, so you've got all the required documents.

Now start filling in the Schengen Visa application form. Remember, all the information you provide must be correct and accurate. After completing the application form, print and sign it.

Quick tip: Keep your passport close when filling out your visa application form. Always refer to your passport when entering your personal details.

Did you know:

Most visa applications get denied due to incorrect information on a visa application form. Here's a guide highlighting the mistakes you should avoid when applying for your Schengen Visa.

Step 3 - Find Where You Need To Apply At

As I mentioned, not all countries have a local Finland representative. Therefore, you should always check where you need to apply before submitting your application.

When using Atlys to apply, you'll be informed where you need to apply without any effort from your side.

Step 4 - Schedule Your Visa Appointment

After you've determined where you need to apply, you must schedule a visa appointment.

Be mindful that you might not find an appointment time suitable to your needs. As a result, you may have to keep your schedule open for the next few weeks, or at least until you find an appointment.

But, why do I need an appointment?

You'll submit your required documents and attend a short in-person interview at your appointment. It's nothing to get stressed about. It's just standard protocol.

Step 5 - Attend Your Visa Appointment

On the day of your appointment, you must travel to the Embassy. You'll attend an in-person interview with an embassy official or staff member there. Ensure that you answer all questions as truthfully as possible during your interview.

Quick tip: You can use your required documents to support your answers. For example, should they ask where you plan to stay in Finland, you can present your proof of accommodation.

After attending your interview and submitting your documents, you'll be requested to submit your biometric information.

What's that?

It's just your fingerprints and a digital photo of yourself. This is not required if you've been to the Schengen Area in the last 59 months.

Step 6 - Receive Feedback From The Embassy

After completing steps 1 - 5, you're basically done. The only thing left is to wait for your visa to be processed. As mentioned, this can take between 15 - 45 days.

After it's processed, you'll receive feedback from the Embassy via email, a call, SMS, or your preferred contact method.

If your visa is approved, you can travel back to the Embassy to collect your passport. Attached inside, you'll find your brand new Finland Schengen Visa.

Now you know how to apply for your Finland Tourist Visa!

Ensure that you follow my exact steps, and you'll have your visa in no time. The final step is to make some unforgettable memories in Finland!

Enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Finland Schengen Visa Requirements For Minors?

First, minors need to present the same documents like those mentioned in this post. Furthermore, they need to submit the following additional documents :

  • An application form signed by both parents.

  • A birth certificate.

  • Family court order – in cases where only one parent has full custody of the child.

  • Certified copies of ID/passport of both parents.

  • A notarized parental authorization signed by both parents/legal guardians if your child will be traveling alone.

  • If you have stepchildren - A letter from the mother or father that permits the children to travel with you.

Check this all-inclusive guide to learn the exact process of applying for a Schengen Visa for minors.

What Do I Need To Present When I Plan To Visit A Friend?

When visiting a friend in Finland, you need to include an invitation letter alongside your required documents. The letter must include the host's (your friend's) contact details and your details, such as name, date of birth, address, passport number, and purpose and length of visit.

Can I Extend My Finland Schengen Visa?

Yes. It's possible to extend your visa, but only under specific circumstances. You need to have a valid and acceptable reason for requesting a visa extension. Check this guide on how you can extend your Schengen Visa.

Is It Difficult To Get A Schengen Visa To Finland?

Not at all. As long as you meet the visa requirements as well as the entry requirements, you'll receive your visa. The only "difficult" part of the Finland Schengen Visa application is finding out where you need to apply for your visa. As mentioned, not all countries have local Finnish representatives.

Do US Green Card Holders Need To Apply For A Finland Schengen Visa?

That depends on your home country. For example, suppose you reside in a country that enjoys the benefit of visa-free travel to Finland. In that case, you don't need to apply for a Finland Tourist Visa. In contrast, if you don't enjoy such benefits, you need to apply for a visa to enter Finlan

Can I Submit My Finland Visa Application Via Post?

No. You need to submit your application in person and attend a short interview.

What Do I Do If My Visa Is Denied?

If your visa is denied, you can appeal the initial visa decision. The process can be tiresome and stressful. However, it's definitely worth it.

What Countries Can Visit Finland Without A Schengen Visa?

A:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria

B:

Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria

C:

Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic

D:

Denmark, Dominica

E:

El Salvador, Estonia

F:

Federated States of Micronesia, France

G:

Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala

H:

Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary

I:

Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy

J:

Japan

K:

Kiribati

L:

Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

M:

Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro

N:

Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway

P:

Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal

R:

Republic of Cyprus, Romania

S:

Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

T:

Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu

U:

Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

V:

Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela

If your country is not on this list, you must apply for the Finland Schengen Visa to enter the country.

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