Virtual Finnish Events for your days of social distancing
Even though we are all staying at home, you do not need to go without culture! We have compiled a list of Finnish Virtual Culture Picks for your perusal during lock-down. We are looking forward to getting back on track with face-to-face events, but meanwhile, a new compilation of events and tips will be added every week whilst we are under these exceptional circumstances. Enjoy and share with friends!
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.
Embassy of Finland monitors coronavirus situation in the UK
Updated 18/3: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus epidemic a pandemic. The risk of coronavirus infection has increased throughout Europe and around the world. Due to this very exceptional situation, Finns travelling abroad are encouraged to return to Finland as soon as possible. Also, follow the information and instructions published by the British authorities, and make a travel notification whenever you are abroad.
Portable passport units visits to Manchester and Glasgow in April and May cancelled
The planned customer service in Manchester and Glasgow this spring has been cancelled due to the situation with corona virus. We will aim to organise the visits later this year. All customers who have booked an appointment will be contacted and informed.
Finland presents special Hän recognition to Caroline Criado Perez
Finland places great significance on promoting equality in the world, and wishes to thank those who are working towards this common goal. To express its gratitude, Finland has been presenting special recognition to individuals and groups around the globe who are committed to advancing inclusivity in society. This year the HÄN Honour in the UK will be given to Caroline Criado Perez.
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.
Portable passport unit in Birmingham -- visits to Manchester and Glasgow have been cancelled
Embassy of Finland will temporarily have a portable passport device in the UK. The Embassy will process passport and ID card applications in Birmingham on Thursday 12 March and Friday 13 March 2020. Please note that the planned customer service in Manchester and Glasgow have been cancelled due to the situation with corona virus.
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