Where to apply for a visa?

If your country of destination is Finland, apply for a visa from the nearest Finnish mission or the visa centre that the mission advises to you. Honorary consuls and consulates cannot grant visas.

It has been agreed with some countries that Finland may be represented by another Schengen state. In such cases, apply for a visa to Finland from the mission of that Schengen state.

Submit your visa application at a mission or visa centre in person. An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax.

How to apply for a visa in South Africa?

Finland has outsourced the submission of visa applications in South Africa. Finland Visa Application Centres maintained by VFS Global in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town serve visa customers. 

An appointment for the Visa Application Centre can be booked in advance, the application can be filled online, and the applicant can request that the passport will be returned to the desired address in South Africa by courier. The appointment booking at the Visa Application Centre is not mandatory, the Centres also serve walk-in customers, but it is advisable to make a booking.

The applicant must always submit the application in person and must give his or her biometrics.  The Visa Application Centre charges a service fee for each application. 

The Embassy of Finland processes the applications and makes all the visa decisions. The Embassy accepts applications by appointment only.  Appointments can be booked via VFS website or call centre mentioned below.

To submit a visa application, the applicant may book an appointment on the website http://www.vfsglobal.com/finland/southafrica/ or by calling the Call Centre +27 (0) 12 425 3010. The Call Centre operates in English (Monday-Friday 8.00 – 12.30 and 13.30– 16.00). You may contact the Call Centre for all visa related questions. Please note that embassy does not give details about the status of visa during process.

VFS Global Visa Application Centres in South Africa

Pretoria: 114 Fehrsen Str, Cherry Lane Office Park, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn

Durban: Unit 101A 1st Floor, 91 -123 Cowey Road (Problem Mkhize), Essenwood, Durban

Cape Town: Office 504-506, 5th Floor, 47 on Strand Street, Strand Street, Cape Town

Working hours:   08.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00 
Submission:        08.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 15.00
Pass back time:  10.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00
Website:              http://www.vfsglobal.com/finland/southafrica/
E-mail:                 [email protected]
Call centre:         +27 (0) 12 425 3010
Working hours:    08.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00