Foreigners can contact the Consular section for matters concerning entry into and residence in Finland.
A visa is an entry permit for a short, temporary stay that cannot exceed 90 days. A visa entitles a foreign national subject to the visa requirement to enter and stay in the Schengen area according to the validity of the visa. One may not, however, exceed a total of 90 days during the six months following one's first entry into the Schengen area. (Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden).
Foreign nationals requiring a visa to Finland need to apply for one in their country of residence. An applicant may apply for a visa at the Finnish Embassy only if Finland is the main destination or, in the case of multiple destinations, the first entry point into the Schengen Area.
Who needs a visa to Finland?
The processing of a visa can take 15 days, so it is advisable that applications are submitted well in advance as the process might take some time. You can submit your visa application 90 days before planned traveling. The Embassy of Finland in Nairobi requires a personal visit by all visa applicants. Applications submitted by fax or e-mail cannot be accepted.
The final decision for entering the country always rests with the border control officials. Upon arrival at the border of first Schengen country, the Border Guard Service has the right to check that all entry requirements have been met, and may refuse entry into the country.
NB! THE EMBASSY DOES NOT ISSUE VISAS FOR PARTICIPATING IN SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAM IN FINLAND!
The minimum Schengen visa requirements are presented in the EU Delegation website. These requirements apply for the purposes of:
The Embassy of Finland may request additional documentation, such as bank statements, birth or marriage certificates, a letter from the applicant's employer.
Even if all above mentioned documents are supplied the Embassy of Finland may still refuse a visa.
Kindly call the Embassy to make an appointment time for visa interview. Appointments can be made for the regular customer service hours: Tue-Thurs 9:00-12:00.
If the decision is positive, make sure you have all the copies of the supporting documents of your visa application when you travel. They may be requested at the border.
If the decision is negative and you need more information on the reasons, please contact us. Because of the private nature of the information collected during the handling of your visa, the decision will not be discussed with any third party without your agreement (including the person who is inviting you).
For further information contact the visa section at firstname.lastname@example.org.