ETIAS Finland Visa Waiver

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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Finland and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.

ETIAS to Finland Information

ETIAS for Finland is an electronic visa waiver which will be a mandatory requirement for visa-exempt foreign citizens traveling to Finland and the Schengen Area from 2021.

The ETIAS Visa Waiver for Finland is a multiple entry travel authorization that allows multiple entries to Finland and all 26 Schengen Area countries during its validity.

ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. Approved by the European Parliament in 2016, ETIAS Finland is due to be implemented by 2021 in order to pre-screen visa-exempt travelers and identify any potential threats to European security, with the aim of strengthening Schengen Area borders.

The European Visa Waiver for Finland allows a total stay of 90 days within every 180-day period, with each entry to the Schengen Area.
ETIAS to Finland is valid for a total of 3 years from the date of approval.

Those eligible are able to complete the simple ETIAS application for Finland online to receive an approved visa waiver via email. It only takes a few minutes to complete the ETIAS Finland application form with personal and passport information and to answer a few security-related questions.

Travelers who apply for the ETIAS to Finland are able to visit the Schengen Area for purposes of tourism, transit, business or medical treatment. To visit Finland for other purposes, it is necessary to contact the nearest Finnish Embassy or Consulate for further information.

Europe Visa Waiver Requirements for Finland

It is necessary to meet the Finland ETIAS visa waiver requirements in order to submit an electronic visa waiver application, which involves the applicant having an ETIAS-eligible passport valid for a minimum of 3 months from the intended entry date to the Schengen Area.

ETIAS requirements for traveling to Finland state that applicants with dual nationality should be aware that the passport used to complete the application should be the same as that which the applicant will later use to travel to the Schengen Area.

This is because ETIAS Finland is electronically linked to an individual travel document. If the applicant’s passport expires during the validity of the ETIAS, it is also necessary to submit a new ETIAS electronic visa waiver application.

Other requirements for an ETIAS for Finland involve:

  • Supplying valid credit or debit card details to pay the ETIAS for Finland fee
  • Providing a current email address at which to receive a copy of the approved ETIAS visa waiver.

At European border control, applicants are able to present the passport electronically linked to ETIAS to gain entry to the Schengen zone.

Further ETIAS requirements for Finland may be announced by the European Commission closer to the 2021 launch of ETIAS, and will be published on this site once available.

Will ETIAS Allow You to Return to Finland Several Times a Year?

Yes, the ETIAS visa waiver for Finland is a multiple-entry travel authorization which permits the citizens of Finland visa-free countries to travel to all of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area multiple times during its validity.

An approved ETIAS Finland permits the holder a consecutive stay of up to 90 days with each entry to Finland and the Schengen Area, during every 180-day period. Once the traveler has spent 90 consecutive days in Finland and Schengen countries, it is necessary to wait 180 days before they can enter Europe again using ETIAS.

The ETIAS visa waiver to visit Finland is valid for 3 years from the date of issue, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first.

Once the traveler’s passport or current ETIAS expires, it will be necessary to submit a new ETIAS application to continue to travel to the Schengen zone. This is because an approved Finland ETIAS is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport.

All travelers not eligible for an ETIAS visa waiver to Finland need a visa for Finland and are required to make an appointment at the nearest Finnish diplomatic office to apply for a Schengen visa for Finland.

It is necessary to download, print and complete a Finland visa application to bring along to the appointment alongside an eligible passport valid for at least 3 months from the intended entry date to the Schengen Area.

It is also necessary to provide a range of supporting documentation, which varies depending on the purpose of the intended stay.

Unlike the ETIAS Europe visa waiver, a Finland Schengen visa is normally issued for one individual Schengen country and can be granted as either a single, double, or multiple entry visa.

Like ETIAS, an approved Schengen Finland visa normally permits the holder to stay in Finland for up to 90 days with each entry, within every 180-day period. Depending on the issuing consulate, a multiple entry Schengen visa for Finland may be granted to frequent travelers to Europe who can justify the reason for their visits.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Finland Visa FAQ

  • Are there any differences between a Finland ETIAS and a Schengen visa?

    ETIAS Finland is an electronic visa waiver which will be a mandatory requirement for visa-exempt foreign citizens traveling to Finland and the Schengen Area from 2021. Those not eligible to apply for ETIAS Finland are required to have a visa to travel to Schengen countries.

    Unlike the ETIAS for Finland, a Schengen visa is issued for one specific country. In order to apply, it is necessary to make an appointment at an embassy or consulate of the specific Schengen country the traveler wishes to visit and provide a range of supporting documentation. ETIAS Finland, on the other hand, is available through a simple online application.

  • What is the cost to obtain a Finland Tourist ETIAS?

    The cost of obtaining a Finland Tourist ETIAS has not yet been announced and will be published on this site once available.

  • Do I need any other documents apart from ETIAS for entry to Finland?

    An approved ETIAS Finland grants permission to travel to the Schengen Area. The final decision for entry will be made by an immigration officer at Schengen border control. The officer may ask the traveler to provide proof of the following in order to guarantee entry:

    • Return flight tickets, or tickets to an onward destination
    • Valid travel health insurance
    • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay in Europe.
  • How long is my ETIAS visa waiver for Finland valid?

    The ETIAS visa waiver for Finland is valid for 3 years from the date of approval. ETIAS allows multiple entries to Finland and the Schengen Area during its validity.

  • How can I obtain my ETIAS Finland authorization?

    Eligible citizens can obtain an ETIAS Finland authorization through a simple online form. A copy of the approved ETIAS visa waiver is sent to an email address provided during the application.

  • What do I need to apply for an ETIAS authorization for Finland?

    In order to apply for an ETIAS authorization for Finland, it is necessary to have:

    • A passport eligible for ETIAS Finland valid for a minimum of 3 months from the intended entry date to the Schengen Area.
    • A valid credit or debit card to pay the ETIAS for Finland fee
    • A current email address at which to receive a copy of the approved ETIAS visa waiver.
  • How do I make corrections on the ETIAS Finland application?

    Applicants are advised to carefully check all the information entered on the ETIAS Finland application is correct before submitting the form, as even small errors are expected to result in the refusal of the visa waiver.

  • Is there any age criterion to apply for the Finland ETIAS travel authorization?

    All citizens from visa-exempt countries, no matter their age, are required to have an individual Finland ETIAS travel authorization to travel to Finland and the Schengen Area.

  • What you can do if the Finnish ETIAS visa waiver is denied?

    If the Finnish ETIAS visa waiver is denied, it is expected that applicants will be able to submit a new ETIAS application. It is necessary to carefully check all the data provided on the ETIAS form is correct before submitting the application, as even small mistakes may result in the ETIAS being denied.

  • Can ETIAS for Finland be extended?

    In order to extend ETIAS for Finland, it will be necessary to submit a new ETIAS application. ETIAS is valid for 3 years from the moment of approval, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first.

  • Do I have to print a copy of my ETIAS to Finland to enter the country?

    It will not be mandatory to print a copy of the approved ETIAS to Finland to enter the country. Applicants are able to directly present their passport to transportation carriers and at Schengen border control, as the ETIAS is electronically linked to an individual travel document.

  • Can I use my ETIAS for Finland to travel to other European Countries?

    Yes, the ETIAS for Finland can be used to enter any of the 26 Schengen Area countries multiple times during its validity.