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Who needs a visa for Finland?

Australian and New Zealand citizens do not need a visa for Finland provided that their stay does not exceed 90 days during any 180-day period.

If you are not an Australian or a New Zealand passport holder, please check here whether you need a visa:

⇒Visa requirement in the Schengen area and travel documents accepted by Finland

Schengen visa

Schengen member states

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.

A Schengen visa is a visa issued under the terms of the Schengen Agreement. A Schengen visa issued by any country under the Schengen rules will be valid for travel in all the Schengen countries i.e. one visa alone will enable the bearer to travel in all the 26 Schengen countries - 23 EU and 3 non EU countries. A Schengen visa enables a person to visit one or several of the Schengen countries for business, tourism, visiting friends/relatives etc for a maximum of 90 days every 180 days.

Honorary Consulates are not allowed to issue Schengen visas.

If the intended stay in Finland and within the Schengen area exceeds 90 days within a period of 180 days, a residence permit is required. Residence permits are still governed by the national law of each individual Schengen country. A holder of a residence permit to any of the Schengen countries may travel up to 90 days to the other Schengen countries without having to obtain a Schengen visa.

A Schengen Visa is applied for in person at the embassy or consulate  of the country of the main destination. The main destination is the country where the main purpose of the intended journey is carried out or where the applicant intends to spend the longest time. If there is no main destination, it should be applied for at the Embassy/Consulate of the first country that one enters unless it is just a transit country.

Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Finland and the Schengen area for tourism and business purposes.

Applying for a Schengen Visa at the Embassy of Finland in Canberra the following documents are required to support the visa application:

  • A fully completed visa application form. 

  • A passport sized photograph.

  • A valid passport or other acceptable travel document.

  • The passport must be valid for at least three months after the visa expiry date and it must be enclosed with the application.

  • Valid travel insurance for the whole period of travel in the Schengen area.
    The insurance indemnity should be at least EUR 30,000 and should insure the person in case of sudden illness or accident (including travel home) and include transportation home in the event of death. (not required for the dependent family members of EU citizens - copy of the marriage certificate & passport should be included).

  • Flight reservation - on collection of the visa, paid return tickets must be presented.

  • Visa fees

  • Confirmed hotel reservations or an invitation letter where applicable.

  • Proof of funds to support the travel.

  • A letter from the employer/school/university/college where applicable.

  • Registered Post Envelope (if you wish the passport to be returned to you by mail)

  • In some cases, further documentation may be requested.

The Schengen Visa fee is payable in Australian dollars to the Embassy when the application is submitted. The Embassy recommends credit or debit card payments (Diners Club and Amex cards are not acceptable).The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, if the visa application is withdrawn or the visa is refused. The service fees are subject to change on a monthly basis in accordance with the Ministry's official exchange rate, so the applicants are asked to check the current service fees from the Embassy's website.

The visa application processing time is 15 calendar days. The period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases or exceptionally up to a maximum of 60 calendar days in specific cases.

In New Zealand the application should be submitted at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Wellington. In Fiji the application should be submitted at the Embassy of France in Suva. The residents of Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga can also submit their application at the Embassy of France in Suva. In the Solomon Islands the application should be submitted at the Embassy of Finland in Canberra. In Papua New Guinea the application should be submitted at the Embassy of Finland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

OBS! A Schengen Visa is issued free of charge to spouses and dependants of EU-citizens. The spouse's passport and a marriage certificate/children's full birth certificates and parent's passports should be presented. All documents should be original.

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Updated 7/15/2016

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