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A Finland Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Finland for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Finland.
A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Finland), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Finland. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: 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.
The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".
No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings
You may appeal against this decision. The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the
for the refusal are notified using a standard form that is handed out by the Member
consulate that refused the visa. The notification of the refusal must include the
on which the refusal were based, and the procedures and deadlines for submitting an
You are free to re-apply again if your application has been refused earlier. However,
is recommended that you take note of the reasons for the earlier refusal before
a new application and make amendments, where necessary.
The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused. The visa fee covers the cost of the examination of the visa application.
The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:
You cannot extend your short-stay visa while in Finland except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Finland Visa if necessary.
Schengen visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the visa.
A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Finland territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.
You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 10-12 working days from your appointment date.
Typically, a Finland Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 5 to 15 days to process in the Finland Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a Finland Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion.
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. is the preferred outsourced partner to Embassy & Consulate General of Finland in India. VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Finland Application Centres function as collection and processing centres for Finland Visas.
Applicants can check the status of Finland visa application online using the Finland VFS Reference number and Date of Birth. Kindly visit the Track Your Application section of the Finland VFS website.
As an application centre, the Finland Visa Application Centre (VFS) will not be able to guarantee you a visa. The issuance or refusal of a Finland visa is the sole prerogative of The Embassy/Consulate. The Finland Visa Application Centre cannot influence this decision in any way.
Yes, an appointment is mandatory for a Finland Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.
No. A long stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State allows you to travel or stay in other Schengen States, while respecting the maximum duration of a “short stay” (a stay of "90 days in any 180 day period")
Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.
Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry.
Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.
According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).
The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).
Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.
As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.
Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.
Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:
Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident. For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.
The easiest way to apply for a Finland Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of experience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.
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Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Finland visa application requirements. Read moreThroughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated Visa Expert handling your application.
Here are the steps to apply for a Finland Visa through Akbar Travels:
Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.
Step 2: Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.
Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify the documents, complete your visa application and schedule your appointment.
Step 4: On the appointment day visit the Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprinting & photograph) and documents.
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Finland is the big surprise of the Nordic countries, a natural wonderland with more trees than people and more islands than any other nation in the world. With miles of empty wilderness, the Finns are uniquely in tune with their natural surroundings. This is a nation where people can flip from office work to foraging for wild mushrooms in a heartbeat. Read moreFor most, the gateway to Finland is Helsinki. A friendly and surprisingly small capital city, here historic churches rise above tidy public squares and stone wharfs are crowded with market traders and ferryboats. It’s probably the best place to encounter Finland’s famous party spirit, especially during the light nights of midsummer.
Vast areas are protected by Finland’s 35 national parks, providing fantastic opportunities to spot birds, reindeer, elks and bears. Around 10% of Finland is surrounded by water and 69% of the country is covered by forests, providing a natural adventure playground for trekkers, mountain-bikers, cross-country skiers, dog-sledders, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. Perhaps Finland’s most famous contribution to world culture is the sauna – the country has a staggering 1.6 million of them. A steam-bath, ideally after a bracing dip in the wilderness lake, is practically mandatory for all visitors.
Finland is known for having the best winter activities and it is the best place for spotting the Northern Lights which is the Aurora Borealis. The country is also known for having too many saunas that each person in the country can stay in one, and since the country has thousands of lakes there are also hundreds of lakeside cottages in the country where tourists can relax and enjoy the fresh air that Finland has.
Finland's southerly capital, Helsinki, is unquestionably every visitor's jumping-off point. Built in 1812 and modeled after Russia's St. Petersburg (they're just 186 miles apart), the harbor town is a vision of gold-gilded and whitewashed neoclassical architecture fanning out from the banks of the Baltic Sea. At its center, landmarks like the gorgeous Helsinki and Uspenski cathedrals add to its Russian-influenced, old-world charms. Even more impressionable is the city's young creative energy. Helsinki has become a capital of design (this is the birthplace of Marimekko, after all)—just look to its dozens of design landmarks, from the Design Museum and Kiasma to the avant-garde architecture of the Kamppi Chapel of Silence and Finlandia Hall, where you can catch concerts
A third of Finland is covered by the Lake District, a tranquil expanse of bays, rivers, and lakes dotted with wooded islands and cliffs formed by glacial melt-off from the last Ice Age. Canoeing or kayaking the fjords is a perfect way to take in the beauty of the archipelago, but for those who'd rather sit back, hop on an original handmade steamship to experience inland lake history. At the region's heart is the tiny island city of Savonlinna, in the middle of Lake Saimma. Here, you'll find Olavinlinna, St. Olaf's Castle, which looks almost as it did when it was built in 1475. The castle is the site of the renowned Opera Festival (typically held July through August), which puts on masterpieces by the likes of Tchaikovsky and Puccini. After taking in a performance, stroll through the market square for a taste of pan-fried "muikku," a traditional snack of local fish.
Another city along Finland's southern coast, medieval Turku was for centuries the country's capital and remains one of its oldest settlements. Scores of Fins descend on the city in the summer months thanks to its calendar of festivities celebrating music and theater as well as its historic and cultural monuments. Highlights include the 13th-century Turku Castle, on the banks of the Aura River, and the Luostarinmäki district, whose cobbled streets and wooden houses date back centuries. Stop by the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum to see artisans handcrafting everything from pottery to shoes and saddles using only traditional methods.
For many, the word "Finland" might conjure images of icy forests, husky-led sled rides, and tiny cabins blanketed in snow, their chimneys spouting fluffs of white smoke from fireplaces. Rovaniemi, high up in the Arctic Circle, is the capital of Finnish Lapland and that dream comes to life. On the banks of the iced-over Lake Inari is Finland's official home of Santa Claus, where visitors come to tour Santa's village, visit with the local Sami people, hike or ski the rugged terrain, and sample local delicacies like reindeer and cloudberry. After spending enough time in the cold, retreat to one of the stilted (albeit cozy) rooms at the Arctic Tree House Hotel, whose floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the beauty of Lapland and—if you're lucky—the northern lights.
While only sections of Turku hold medieval claim, the entire town of Porvoo, just east of Helsinki, dates back some 600 years. A row of crooked timber houses painted in red and orange along the Porvoo River is the medieval town's most recognizable landmark, along with the cobbled lanes that lead to Old Porvoo's central square, with its marketplace and half-wood Porvoo Cathedral, built during the 11th century.
This 17th-century town over on Finland's western coast was a testament to Swedish influence under the reign of Charles IX of Sweden, before the Swedish War ceded the country to Russian rule. After a fire in 1852 took down much of its historic buildings. Russian troops rebuilt the city under the watch of Tsar Nicholas I—though strong ties to Sweden remain. Today, Vaasa is a modern university town, decorated with maritime buildings, universities, and warehouses-turned-lecture halls and institutions like the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, home to one of the country's most important art collections.
In the heart of the Baltic Sea, between Finland and Sweden, is the 6,500-some-odd-island archipelago known as the Åland Islands. Of their 60 inhabited islands, Mariehamn is the busiest town, home to two ports and rows of wooden residences and cafés. There are plenty of sights to see, like the ruins of 14th-century Kastelholm and a ship-turned-museum called Pommern, but it's the backcountry visitors often come for—miles of forests and beaches crisscrossed by hiking trails. Before heading off to explore, fuel up at Johanna's Hembakta, a bakery in Saltvik less than a half-hour's drive north from Mariehamn. Try the regional speciality—an Åland pancake topped with stewed prunes and whipped cream.Show less
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We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following visa applications.
Single-entry visa - allows the holder to enter Finland once and stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
Double-entry visa – allows entry into Finland twice and may be valid within the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
Multiple-entry visa - is granted for several consecutive visits to the Schengen area. The total duration of the stays may not exceed the number of days stated on the visa sticker, that is, up to 90 days in a 180-day period. A multiple-entry visa is valid for a maximum of five (5) years.
Airport transit visa – allows the visa holder transit via the international zone of the airport during a stopover or change between two flights. Entry in the national zone is prohibited. Citizens of the following countries need a transit visa: