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Passport and Visas Requirement in Finland

Passport: Finland Passport must be valid for at least three to six months required by all except the following provided they hold a valid national ID card:
(a) 1. nationals of EU countries (except Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and the UK), including the French Overseas Departments of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion but excluding Greenland and the Faroe Islands;
(b) nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland.

Note: The following nationals may also be able to enter the country with documents other than Finland passport, although this should be checked prior to arrival, since passport exemptions are not guaranteed in these cases:
(a) 2. Nationals of Croatia and Slovenia with Yugoslavian passports issued prior to the states becoming independent.
(b) 3. Nationals of Denmark with an emergency passport.
(c) 4. Nationals of Estonia with a temporary travel document
(d) 5. Nationals of Germany and Lithuania with a child's travel document in lieu of passport
(Lithuania also with repatriation certificate).
(e) 6. Nationals of Japan and the USA with re-entry permits to their respective countries ( USA also with refugee travel documents).
(f) 7. Nationals of Latvia with ID documents for stateless persons, or with alien's passport.
(g) 8. Nationals of The Netherlands with a Titre de Voyage
(h) 9. Nationals of Poland with an emergency travel document.
(i) 10. Nationals of the UK with a certificate of identity or Carte d'Identité (United Kingdom Gibraltar). Passports must be blue and issued after Jan 1 1983, bearing "British Citizen" on page one, and/or "Holder has a right of abode in the UK " on page five. EU passports must bear "European Community" or "European Union" on the front cover and "British Citizen" on the page of personal data.

Visas: Before you visit the country, make sure to have a valid Finland visa. Obligatory, visa for Finland is required by all except the following for a period of up to 90 days:
( a) nationals listed in the chart and under passport exemptions (with national ID cards) above; (b) nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Israel, Korea (Rep), Macau (SAR), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, Singapore, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela. Visas are required for stays exceeding 90 days and by all who wish to work during their stay except nationals of Denmark , Iceland, Norway and Sweden ;
(c) holders of a UN or EU laissez-passer.

The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria , Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that, in principal, allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all.


Application requirements: Following application details are mentioned regarding Finland visa requirements

(a) One completed, signed application form.
(b) One passport-size photo.
(c) Passport valid for at least three months from the date of return. An alien's spouse and children under 16 years may travel with passport holder if their names and dates of birth are in the passport, plus photo of spouse and photos of any children under seven years.
(d) Re-entry permits into the UK valid for at least 90 days (for applicants applying at the Finnish Embassy in London ).
(e) Valid travel insurance other than E111.
(f) Hotel reservation or original invitation from either a family or company in Finland.
(g) Reservation of travel tickets (possibly original return tickets also) and proof of funds.
(h) Fee (non-refundable; payable in advance in cash or by postal order only).
(i) For minors under 18 years, letter from college/university and written permission from both parents, plus copy of parents' passports. (j) Proof of funds (eg. bank statement, credit card).

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