Where to apply for a visa?

The reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications has been suspended until further notice.

More information Link to another website.

If your country of destination is Finland, 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 stateLink to another website.(Opens New Window). In such cases, apply for a visa to Finland from the mission of that Schengen state.

Submit your visa application at a mission or visa centre in person. An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax.

Visa applications during the COVID-19 pandemic

Finland suspended the reception of visa applications on March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reception of ordinary tourist visas is still suspended, as Finland has placed restrictions on entry from abroad in order to slow down the spread of the pandemic.

At the moment it is possible to travel to Finland only for essential and justified reason. Visa applications from permitted traffic groups can be submitted with an appointment at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre. List of the categories that can submit a visa application can be found from VFS's websiteLink to another website.. Attach to your visa application a written clarification and supporting documents showing that you fall in the category of permitted traffic to Finland.  

You can find more information regarding the entry restrictions from the Finnish Government’s websiteLink to another website..

Finland represents Estonia in Schengen visa matters in the United Arab Emirates. Information regarding travel restrictions to Estonia can be found from the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of EstoniaLink to another website..

Where to apply for a visa in the United Arab Emirates

Visa applications to Finland will be received by the Visa Application Centre of VFS Global, partner of the Embassy of Finland. It is necessary to book an appointment to submit your application. 

You can make an appointment through the website of the VFS GlobalLink to another website. or by contacting their telephone service (tel. +971 4 205 5907).

You can follow up on the processing of your visa application via the website of VFS Global.Link to another website.

Processing time

The processing time for the visa application is generally 15 days, but in some cases up to 30 days. The Embassy of Finland can not provide status update information on visa applications.