Visa Required:
Visa Processing Time:
Usually 2 weeks but in some cases it might take several weeks.
Visa Appointment Required:
Visa Appointment Procedure:
Prior appointment is not required for visa application. The applicants can just turn up and apply between 9:00-12:00hrs Monday to Friday.
Visa Application Fee:
GBP 47 (depending on the prevalent exchange rate) or EUR 60.
Payment is in cash or by postal order only.
Free for family members of EU Citizens.
Documents Required:
Application Form
Completed and signed application form with 1 recent passport size photo.
Need to be valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa, with a blank visa page to affix the visa sticker. British Residence Permit must also exceed by more than 3 months the validity of the requested visa.
Confirmed hotel reservation for the entire stay or confirmation of tour.
Confirmation of airline, rail or bus ticket. If driving then ferry confirmation, registration document, proof of legal ownership of vehicle and insurance papers are required.
Financial Means
Proof of funds to support the travel.
Status Proof
Letter from employer/school/university/college where applicable.
Travel Insurance
Valid travel insurance for the whole period of travel (up to EUR 30,000).
Letter of Invitation
Required only if the applicant has been invited by a private person or visiting friends and family.  The letter from the inviter should state who they are, whom they are inviting, what the link between them and the visa applicant is, why they are inviting the individual in question, for how long, where the applicant guest will stay (in their home) and so on. The letter must provide the embassy or consulate with full details of the planned visit.
For 18 years & under
For applicants under 18 years old, both guardians' written consent, passports and the applicant's birth certificate must be presented.
Postal Application:
Postal applications not accepted.
Visa Application Procedure:
All applicants need to apply in person (prior appointment is not required) between 9:00-12:00hrs Monday to Friday.
Copies of all supporting documents are to be provided.
Visa Collection Procedure:
Passports can be collected by anyone on the applicant's behalf by carrying their Photo Id and an authority letter from the applicant.
The passport can also be posted back by the embassy if the applicant includes a prepaid Special Delivery Envelope (up to 500 grams) with their address details during application submission.
General Visa Information:
The embassy would be closed on both Finnish and British Bank holidays.
The Honorary Consuls of Finland in UK do not accept visa applications.
Finland Embassy Information:
38 Chesham Place
London SW1X 8HW
Tel. 02078386200
Telephone enquiries: Mon-Thurs 2-4pm; Fri 2-3pm (tel: 02078386200)
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