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How To Apply For A Finland Travel Visa: A Simplified Guide

Last Update: 01-04-2024

Finland Travel Visa

Quick Summary

Processing time for Finland Visa

15 to 21 Working Days

Finland tourist visa fees for Indians

  1. Finland visa fees: Euro 80
  2. VFS Appointment fees: Euro 29

Finland visa validity

180 Days

Finland visa stay duration

90 Days

How to apply for a Finland visa

  1. Apply through Teleport in minutes.
  2. Apply through the VFS Visa Application Centre.

Documents required for Finland visa

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. Passport 
  3. Photograph 
  4. Cover Letter
  5. Travel Medical Insurance - Euro 30,000
  6. Flight tickets and Hotel Bookings
  7. Bank Statement (last 3 months)
  8. Income Tax Returns (last 2 years)
  9. See other documents.
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Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. What is a Finland Travel Visa?
  3. Types of Finland Travel Visa
  4. Finland Travel Visa Document Requirements
  5. Steps to Apply for Finland Travel Visa
  6. Finland Travel Visa Processing Time
  7. Finland Travel Visa Fees
  8. What are the Financial Requirements for a Finland Travel Visa?
  9. What Should I Do If My Visa Application for a Finland Travel Visa is Denied?
  10. Conclusion
  11. FAQs

Introduction

Dreaming of a trip to Finland from India? Understanding the visa process is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable journey. This detailed guide has everything Indian citizens need to know to obtain a tourist visa for Finland.

We discuss the entire process, from application steps and necessary documents to visa types and their associated fees. Whether you're wondering about how to start your application or how long it will take, our goal is to equip you for your upcoming adventure in Finland.

Have questions or need help? Our team is here to assist you. Reach out to us at 073148 52914 or drop us a message on WhatsApp.

Get ready for a seamless Finnish travel experience!

What is a Finland Travel Visa?

A Finland travel visa is a permit that allows Indian citizens, along with travellers from other countries requiring a visa, to enter and stay in Finland for a short period, usually up to 90 days within a 180-day timeframe. This visa is part of the Schengen agreement, which means it also allows travel to other Schengen Area countries. It's necessary for tourism, business visits, or family visits and requires an application process including document and biometric submission.

Types of Finland Travel Visa

The Schengen Category C visa enables short-term, temporary travel within the Schengen Zone, limiting stays to no more than 90 days within any 180-day period. This visa is available in three formats:

  • Single-entry Visa: This permits the traveller a single entry into the destination country for a stay that can last up to 90 days within a 180-day window.
  • Double-entry Visa: This type allows the visa holder to enter the destination country twice, with the possibility of staying up to 90 days in total within the Schengen area across any 180-day span.
  • Multiple-entry Visa: Designed for numerous visits to the Schengen area, this visa does not permit the holder to exceed the specified duration of stay—up to 90 days within a 180-day timeframe. Importantly, a multiple-entry visa can remain valid for up to five years.

Finland Travel Visa Document Requirements

Mandatory Documents

Visa Application Form

Complete the visa application form, sign it, and bring it to your appointment.

Original Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months beyond your intended stay
  • Minimum of 2 blank pages. 
  • Issued within the last ten years

Photograph

  • One recent colour photo
  • Dimensions: 35mm x 40mm.
  • White background

Bank Statement

  • Covering the past three months
  • Statement should not be more than four days old on your appointment day.
  • Recommended bank balance is at least Euro 30 (INR 2,650/-) per day per person for the entire trip.

Cover Letter

Cover letter explaining your travel purpose, dates, passport number, and details of any accompanying applicants.

Travel Insurance

Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros, specifying coverage for accidents, illness, medical emergencies, and evacuation.

Proof of Accommodation

Submit hotel reservations for your entire stay in the Schengen area

Flight Reservation

Provide a confirmed roundtrip ticket and reservations for internal transfers within Schengen states (e.g., flight, train itinerary, or car rental).

Supporting Documents

If Employed

  • Last three months' pay slips
  • Leave letter on company letterhead with authorised signatory's name, designation, contact details, your name, salary, years of employment, and leave approval date.

If Self-Employed

  • GST certificate and company registration proof
  • Company bank statement
  • Company income tax return

If Student

  • Proof of enrollment at your school or institute.

If Sponsored

  • Include a letter from your sponsor stating the amount, their relationship to you, and the source of funds. 
  • Include occupation proof and financial proof of the sponsor.

If Married

Provide a marriage certificate if your spouse's name is not on your passport.

If Invited

  • Submit a signed invitation letter, no more than three months old. 
  • The letter should include the purpose and duration of your visit, your relationship with the inviter, their contact details (address, email, phone number),
  • A copy of the inviter's passport, and a valid residence permit if the inviter is not from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, or Denmark.

If Retired

Provide proof of retirement or regular income generated by property or business ownership.

If a Minor

 If a minor is travelling alone or with only one parent, provide their birth certificate or a consent letter from parents.

Steps to Apply for Finland Travel Visa

Applying for a Finland Visa via Teleport

Step 1: Start Your Application Process:

Go to Teleport's website and click on the "Apply for Visa" button to initiate your Finland visa application.

Step 2: Enter Your Details and Proceed with Payment:

Fill in your passport information, decide whether to pay the visa fee upfront or in parts, and follow Teleport's instructions for completing your personal details.

Step 3: Document Collection:

A designated Teleport relationship manager will assist you in gathering all required documents for your visa application to Finland.

Step 4: Appointment Booking:

Your Teleport relationship manager will help book an appointment for you at your preferred visa application centre, subject to availability.

Step 5: Application Centre Visit:

Attend the visa application centre at your appointed time to provide your biometric data and submit all necessary documents.

✅ Teleport will review your application and documents before submission.

✅ Receive updates through WhatsApp and email from Teleport.

Teleport will notify you of the embassy's decision as soon as it is available. Stay updated via the platform, and access your approved visa directly from your Teleport Dashboard once it is ready.

Applying at a VFS Global Application Centre in India for a Finland Visa

Step 1: Visa Type Identification

Begin by determining the suitable visa type for your Finland visit, ensuring you fulfil all eligibility criteria. Get acquainted with the required documents, processing times, and fees.

Step 2: Document Preparation

Gather all necessary documents according to your visa category. Make sure your photographs comply with biometric standards, available at Visa Application Centres and other locations.

Step 3: Application Form Completion

Access finlandvisa.fi to fill out your visa application form, which provides comprehensive details on required documents, attachments, and passport photos. This platform allows you to verify needed documents without logging in.

Finland Online Application

You also have the choice to fill in a PDF form either manually or electronically. Nonetheless, it is crucial to consult the finlandvisa.fi website for required documents when opting for the PDF form.

Step 4: Appointment Scheduling

After applying, schedule an appointment at a VFS Visa Application Centre for biometrics collection. A confirmation email and appointment letter will be sent to you. For families or groups, each individual must book their appointment.

Step 5: Fee Payment

Following your application, the next step is to pay the visa application fee. If you opt to print the form and bring it to the Visa Application Centre, payment can be made during your visit.

Step 6: Visa Application Centre Visit

Ensure you print out and bring the completed visa application form along with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission.

Choose a Visa Application Centre

LocationOperating Hours (Mon - Fri)

Bangalore

09:00 - 15:00

Chennai

09:00 - 15:00

Hyderabad

08:00 - 15:00

Kolkata

09:00 - 14:00

Mumbai

09:00 - 16:00

New Delhi

09:00 - 16:00

You need to personally submit your filled visa application form and documents at one of the appointed Visa Application Centers, unless directed otherwise.

Step 7: Application Tracking

If your application was submitted at a VFS visa application centre, use the VFS's online tracking feature to monitor your application's progress. You'll need to provide your payment reference number and date of birth.

Step 8: Visa Collection

Consult the Visa Application Centre beforehand to understand the passport collection procedures.

For personal passport collection, bring the Visa Application Centre receipt and a valid ID. If sending someone else, they must have their ID, the original ICR, and a notarized power of attorney if required.

Finland Travel Visa Processing Time

The processing duration for a Finland visa for Indian citizens may vary, typically ranging between 15 to 21 working days from the date the embassy receives the application and documents.

Finland Travel Visa Fees

Visa TypeFee TypeAmount

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

VFS Appointment Fees

Euro 29 (INR 2,434/-)

-

Embassy Fees (up to 6 years old)

No Fees

-

Embassy Fees (6-11 years)

Euro 40 (INR 3,500/-)

-

Embassy Fees (11+ years)

Euro 80 (INR 7,000/-)

What are the Financial Requirements for a Finland Travel Visa?

The Finland travel visa requirements to prove your financials are designed to ensure that applicants have sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay in Finland. Here’s a simplified overview of what you need to know about these Finland travel visa requirements:

  1. Proof of Sufficient Funds: Applicants must demonstrate that they have enough money to cover their expenses for the duration of their stay in Finland. You should have at least €50 per day of your stay. This amount is meant to cover your daily expenses including accommodation, meals, transportation, and any other personal expenses.
  2. Bank Statements: One of the primary ways to prove financial sufficiency is through recent bank statements. These statements should cover the last three months to show a stable financial history. It is recommended to maintain a bank balance of INR 3,00,000 to apply for a Finland visa
  3. Sponsorship: If someone is sponsoring your trip, you will need a signed letter of sponsorship from them. This letter should explain their relationship to you, the purpose of your visit, and a declaration that they will cover your expenses during your stay in Finland. The sponsor must also provide their financial documents, such as bank statements, to prove their ability to support you.
  4. Employment Details: If employed, you may need to submit recent payslips and an employment contract or a letter from your employer. This letter should state your position, salary, duration of employment, and the purpose of your visit to Finland.

It’s crucial to check the most current and specific requirements on the official website of the Finnish embassy or consulate, or the visa application centre, as these guidelines can change and may vary based on individual circumstances.

What Should I Do If My Visa Application for a Finland Travel Visa is Denied?

If a visa application doesn't meet the required conditions, the visa will be denied. The decision to deny a visa, including the reasons for this decision, will be given on a form that follows the EU Visa Code rules.

If a visa has been issued but it turns out the conditions were not actually met, that visa will be cancelled. Similarly, if the conditions are no longer met after the visa has been issued, the visa will be revoked.

Reviewing a Visa Decision

If your visa application is refused, cancelled, or revoked, you can ask for a review of this decision by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The refusal letter will include instructions on how to request a review. This must be done within 30 days of receiving the decision, in Finnish or Swedish, and there is a €255 fee for processing this request.

If you disagree with the review decision from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, you can appeal to the Helsinki Administrative Court. This appeal must also be made within 30 days of receiving the review decision, in Finnish or Swedish, and there is a €270 fee for the court process. You can submit your appeal through a Finnish mission abroad or directly to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which will forward it to the court.

Conclusion

In conclusion, obtaining a Finland visa for Indians demands meticulous attention to several important aspects, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free application process for Indian nationals. It’s crucial to get acquainted with the visa requirements and the application process, compile all necessary documentation, and secure sufficient travel insurance coverage.

With adequate preparation and adherence to the required protocols, Indian tourists can anticipate a delightful visit to Finland.

If you have any questions or need assistance, our team is at your disposal. You can contact us at 073148 52914 or via WhatsApp.

Wishing you a safe trip and an extraordinary journey through Finland!

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