Where to apply for a visa?

The reception and processing of entry permits will gradually resume. Contact the mission’s customer service to find out which visa applications are currently accepted for processing and how you can submit your residence permit application.

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 state(Link 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 has placed restrictions on entry from abroad in order to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find up to date information regarding the entry restrictions from the Finnish Government’s website(Link to another website.).

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 website(Link 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.  

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 Estonia(Link 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 Global(Link 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.