What is a Schengen visa?

A Schengen visa is meant for short stays in or transit through the Schengen area of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period. A visa issued by one Schengen state is valid for travelling in any Schengen state, but you must apply for the visa from the country of your main destination. If you are travelling to several Schengen states, none of which will be your main destination, you need to apply for the visa from the country that you will enter first.

Schengen member states are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

A visa is granted provided that you intend to leave the Schengen area before the visa expires. In addition, you must have sufficient means of subsistence for the duration of the stay and present the relevant supporting documents. A Schengen visa does not automatically permit its holder to enter the Schengen area.

The procedures and conditions for issuing visas are based on the EU Visa Code (810/2009), and on Regulation (EU) 2019/1155 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which is applicable from 2 February 2020 (amendments to the Visa Code).

The EU residence permit granted by a Schengen State allows free movement and residence in Schengen States for a maximum period of 90 days. Inquiries: Finnish Immigration Service

We inform you that starting from October 1st, 2019, the Embassy of Finland in Bucharest no longer issues visas. The third-country citizens, residing in Romania, have to apply for a visa at the Embassy of Finland in Sofia, Bulgaria or at the Embassy of Finland in Nicosia, Cyprus.

For all the information about entering and travelling to Finland, we kindly ask you to check the website https://um.fi/entering-finland.