Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act in Finland, Embassy of Finland in Beijing and Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai are suspending visa and residence permit applications until June 14, 2020 (updated May 13).
The Embassy of Finland in Beijing and the Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai suspend most of the consular and immigration services from March 19 until June 14, 2020. The special arrangements are implemented based on the Emergency Powers Act, which came into force in Finland on March 19, and apply to all Finnish missions around the world.
Finland, in line with other Schengen countries, has suspended the normal reception of visa applications as of March 19, 2020, and the suspension will be in effect until June 14, 2020. The Finnish Visa Application Centers in China (VAC) have also stopped receiving applications. Processing of the applications already submitted to visa application centers or Finnish missions will be discontinued and the passports will be returned to their holders via the visa centers. More information available in English on the VAC website at vfsglobal.cn/finland/china.
The normal reception of residence permit applications has been suspended until June 14, 2020.
All visa and residence permit applicants' identification and interview appointments are canceled until June 14, 2020. No new appointments can be scheduled until further notice.
Application fees that have already been paid will not be refunded. Exceptions can be considered only under very special circumstances.
Processing of passport applications as well as notarial and legalization services operate at the missions as normal. However, the missions should be contacted by email in advance: [email protected] (Beijing) or [email protected] (Shanghai).
Due to the coronavirus situation, the Emergency Powers Act came into force in Finland on March 19, 2020 at 00:00 hrs. Due to the exceptional circumstances, the Finnish government restricts traffic at the country’s external borders.
For more information on the government decision (March 19) on the temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders, please see the following link (in Finnish):
Government decision on extending the temporary restrictions on border traffic (May 7):
The Finnish Border Guard together with the Finnish Ministry of the Interior are responsible for the national implementation and application of the decision. Instructions for border traffic issued by the Border Guard in accordance with the Government decision on May 7:
Finnish missions recommend all Finnish citizens in China to submit a travel notice at Matkustusilmoitus.fi.
For more information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: um.fi/frontpage
Embassy of Finland in Beijing and Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai: finlandabroad.fi/web/chn
Government of Finland: valtioneuvosto.fi/en
The Finnish Border Guard: www.raja.fi/en
Ministry of the Interior: intermin.fi/en/frontpage