Finland will outsource the submission of Schengen visa applications in Tanzania

Finland will outsource the submission of Schengen visa applications in Tanzania

Finland will outsource the submission of Schengen visa applications in Tanzania. The Finland Visa Application Centre maintained by VFS Global will be opened in Dar es Salaam in March 2021.

The new Visa Application Centre will make it easier to apply for a Schengen visa and give more extent services to applicants. Applicants must submit their applications in person and well in advance as the processing time of the applications is 15 calendar days. Applications are accepted at the Visa Application Centre only by appointment. 

Even after the Visa Application Centre has opened, the Embassy of Finland will process the applications and make all the visa decisions. 

The Embassy will continue handling all residence permit, passport, notarial and consular services.

The appointments scheduled to the Embassy before the outsourcing will remain as agreed.

The new website and helpline for visa applicants will be launched in March 2021. The opening date and contact details will be announced later.