Virtual Culture tips
Most places, which offer culture experiences, have had to close down for now due to the Corona outbreak. Luckily, many museums, orchestras and websites offer a lot of different culture online. See a list with culture tips from Finland and the Netherlands collected by the embassy staff members.
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.
Finland’s diplomatic missions highlight climate issues in host countries
One of the key objectives of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU has been to turn the European Union into a global climate leader. The 90 diplomatic and consular missions of Finland abroad have now risen to the challenge. The missions have addressed climate change in diverse ways, ranging from ways to exercise political influence to environmentally friendly choices in everyday life.
EU Statement at the 18th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by H.E. Mr. Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland, at the Eighteenth Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (General Debate, The Hague, 2 December 2019)
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