Schengen Visa

Schengen visa and the application process

For detailed information about obtaining a Schengen Visa to visit Finland, please check:
For country-specific instructions, you can look up your country at:
The required Letter Of Invitation from the organizer for your Schengen Visa is received by sending a copy of your passport to and a copy of the message to
The processing time of a visa application is approximately 15 days. The processing time may be longer if a more detailed examination of the application is required.

More details

A Schengen visa is meant for short stays in or transit through the Schengen area of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period. A visa issued by one Schengen state is valid for travelling in any Schengen state, but you must apply for the visa from the country of your main destination. If your country of destination is Finland, you should 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. An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax. If you want to stay in Finland for a longer period than three months, you need a residence permit.
It is good to remember that a visa application can always be submitted, but no advance decision on the visa application can be made. In the case of Schengen visas, the missions apply the EU’s Common Visa Code Each application shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis on the basis of all available information.