The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa Policy for Finland
The visa policy of Finland outlines the foreign residents who are listed as visa-exempt, as well as those who need a visa to enter the state.
Finnish visa requirements differ for all visitors depending on nationality, the purpose of the visit, and the expected period of stay.
As Finland is one of the 26 countries that form the Schengen Area, Finnish visa law is the same as the other European countries that have signed the Schengen Agreement for passport-free travel.
Accordingly, travelers from any Schengen country can gain freedom of movement to Finland by simply presenting a valid ID Card at a border checkpoint.
Citizens of countries that are visa-exempt but do not form part of the Schengen zone are required to travel with a valid passport, to gain entry to Finland for short length stays and specific purposes.
However, although these countries will remain visa-free, by 2022 their citizens will need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) to travel to Finland for the same periods and travel purposes.
Once approved, an ETIAS for Finland will be linked automatically to the traveler’s passport and allow multiple entries for 90-day stays in the Schengen Area during its validity, .
Those who wish to visit Finland for longer consecutive stays, as well as citizens not eligible for ETIAS, will need to apply for a Schengen visa from a Finnish embassy or consulate before departure from their country of residence.
An eVisa or a visa on arrival for Finland is not currently available.
In the boxes below you can find further information about each visa or travel authorization type for Finland.