Frequently asked questions

Appointments for customer service

Customer service of the consular section is by appointment only.
Customer service time is Mon – Fri 09.00 – 12.00 (last appointment at 11.30) and Wed also 13.00 – 16.30 (last appointment at 16.00).

To make an appointment please send an email to: [email protected] and include the following information:
Name(s) of all applicant(s)
Nationality
Telephone number
Type of appointment: visa / residence permit / passport / notary services
Preferred date(s) and time(s)

You are welcome to include more specific information regarding your case.

Please note that we cannot accept appointment requests made less than 48 hours before the requested time slot and cannot always book an appointment at the preferred appointment time. You appointment is only confirmed when you receive a final email confirmation from the Embassy.

Animals

If you want to take your pet to Finland, please check with the Japanese Animal Quarantine Service about taking pets out of Japan. The Finnish Food Authority is responsible for import and export of animals in Finland.
​​​​Finnish Food AuthorityLink to another website.
Japanese Animal Quarantine Service MAFFLink to another website.

Customs

Information about e.g. import restrictions for travelers, gifts or removal goods can be found on the website of the Finnish Customs. 
Finnish CustomsLink to another website.

Moving to Finland

Information  about moving to Finland and living in Finland can be found on the InfoFinland website. 
InfoFinlandLink to another website.

Overstay

Japanese citizens can stay in the Schengen area without Schengen visa for 90 days within 6 months.  There are some countries with bilateral agreements with Japan where longer stays are allowed. However, on returning to Japan via Helsinki, Helsinki will be the departure point from the Schengen area and duration of stay is always counted at the Helsinki immigration according to the 90days/6months -rule.

Information on how to pay the overstay fine can be found on the website of the Legal Register Centre of Finland.
Legal Register CentreLink to another website.

Population registration of foreigners 

If you stay in Finland more than one year, you are by law required to register at the local register office (maistraatti).  If you stay more than 3 months but less than 1 year, you must submit a notification of change of address. You can find more information on the website of the Digital and Population Data Services AgencyLink to another website.(Opens New Window).

Taxes 

In Finland, a non-resident alien, e.g. one who is occasionally working in Finland, is taxed on Finnish-source income only. However, tax treaties may provide that, under certain conditions, even such income may not be taxed in Finland. Information about the Finnish tax system can be found from the Finnish tax administration. 
Finnish tax administrationLink to another website.

Working in Finland

Information on employment, labour market situation and vacancies can be found on the website of the Public Employment and Business Services (TE-palvelut) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentLink to another website.
Public Employment and Business Services (TE-palvelut) Link to another website.