A passport is an important document for travellers — still, it is often forgotten or lost
Are you planning to travel abroad? The Foreign Ministry’s Consular Services want to remind travellers of the importance of a passport. This letter gives tips on what to do if you lose your passport during your journey.
Advance voting in Finnish county elections 2022 in Japan
Finland’s county elections will be held on Sunday 23rd January 2022. The advance voting period will be in Finland 12th–18th January and abroad 12th–15th January 2022. Abroad, advance voting will be organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 96 places in 71 different countries.
Changes to fees for identity cards and passports issued by missions as of 1 January 2022
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued a Decree on the Amendment of Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service for 2020–2022. The amendment will enter into force on 1 January 2022 and will remain in force until 31 December 2022.
Social security agreement between Finland and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2022
The social security agreement between Finland and Japan will enter into force on 1 February 2022. Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, and Takashi Murata, Japan’s Ambassador to Finland, exchanged notes on 25 November to bring the bilateral agreement into force. When the agreement enters into force, workers posted to a Contracting State will avoid double pension and unemployment insurance contributions.
Finland’s International Gender Equality Prize goes to organisation combating violence against women
This year, the Government of Finland is awarding its International Gender Equality Prize for the third time. This year’s winner is the We Will Stop Femicide Platform, an organisation that does groundbreaking work to combat violence against women in Turkey and whose work has a global relevance.
Legislative proposal on long-term D visa facilitates labour migration
The government proposal on the introduction of a long-term national D visa in Finland promotes labour migration and includes the preparation of a fast track pledge. According to the proposal, the national D visa would first cover specialists, growth or start-up entrepreneurs and their family members.
Mikko Koivumaa appointed as Director General of Communications at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The Government has appointed Mikko Koivumaa as Director General of Communications at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs starting on 18 October 2021. The term of office will be five years. Koivumaa is currently Director of Communications at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Travel recommendations to be updated for individual countries
In future, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will update its travel advice for each country individually. In our advice, we will continue to take into account the recommendations with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the general security situation in the country in question.
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