If you are travelling abroad, return to Finland!
Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act, the Government has decided to restrict traffic at Finland’s external borders starting on Thursday 19 March at 00.00. Finns travelling abroad are encouraged to return to Finland as soon as possible.
Finland suspends the reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications in the missions
Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland, in line with the rest of the Schengen countries, has suspended the reception of normal visa applications in Finland’s missions with immediate effect from 19 March until further notice.
Coronavirus advice for travellers: Ministry for Foreign Affairs monitors coronavirus situation
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finland’s Missions are monitoring the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in cooperation with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and they are in constant contact with key actors with regard to the situational picture and any necessary measures.
Updated Visa Code to apply from 2 February 2020
The EU is revising its Visa Code in order to facilitate visa procedures for travellers and to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by illegal migration. Finland will start applying the new Visa Code on 2 February 2020 together with other Schengen countries.
Minister Ville Skinnari Leads a Circular Economy Themed Trade Mission to Toronto
Finland’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Mr. Ville Skinnari visited Toronto on December 2nd with a Finnish business delegation. During the visit, he met with Canada’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Jonathan Wilkinson. In addition to a bilateral meeting, both ministers delivered speeches at a business conference organized by Business Finland. In his speech, Minister Wilkinson announced that Canada will be hosting the World Circular Economy Forum 2020 in Toronto, September 29 - October 1. The Forum is founded by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The minister’s visit also included the official opening of Business Finland’s new Toronto office.
Introducing Chad Eggerman, Honorary Consul of Finland in Saskatoon
Our article series introducing Honorary Consuls of Finland in Canada continues with Chad Eggerman. Mr. Eggerman was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Finland in Saskatoon in 2013. In 2015, the Northwest Territories were added to his mandate. Finland is very close to Eggerman’s heart as he called it home for almost seven years and is married to a Finn.
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