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Complete list of countries whose citizens need to apply for a visa to visit Finland

Travelling across Europe seems like an ideal trip to make at least once in a lifetime. However, for some countries visas are obligatory when entering any country in Europe, including Finland. Of course, there are always exceptions.

In this article, you’ll find all the important details on who needs a visa before entering Finland.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Finland?

If you are from any of these countries listed below you will need a visa to visit Finland:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma/Myanmar
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Côte D’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Rep. Of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia Tanzania
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome And Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Finland joined the Schengen Area agreement in the 90s, and it eliminated borders with the other members. This agreement now allows visa-free travels for the residents of:

  • The Schengen Area or the EEA/EU.
  • The Nordic Countries.
  • US.,  Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Republic of San Marino, or the Republic of Andorra.

In addition to this, Finland might have other visa-free agreements with different countries around the world. So, a visa requirement will vary as a result of your nationality.

Do US. Citizens Need a Visa for Finland?

US. citizens can travel visa-free to Finland or any other country in the Schengen Area. However, US residents are allowed to stay without a visa for only three months, within a period of six months.

Citizens from the US. should be careful not to pass the 90 days limit or they might be subjected to fines or they might be banned from obtaining any other Schengen visas.

Do I Need a Visa to Transit in Finland?

Residents from the countries in this list need a transit visa for Finland:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka

Citizens from other countries won’t be required to apply for a transit visa provided they stay within the transit zone. The above-mentioned countries will need a visa even if their citizens remain inside the transit zone.

Please keep in mind that transit visas are issued before your departure in your country of residence. You won’t be able to apply for a transit visa on arrival. For this reason, make sure to check with your embassy regarding the transit visa before you leave.

Finland Transit visa exemptions

  • Family members of EEA/EU or Schengen Area residents.
  • Holders of a diplomatic passport.
  • Holders of valid visas issued by:
    • A Schengen state
    • A Member State of the EEA/EU
    • Canada
    • Japan
    • United States
  • Holders of a valid residence permit issues by:
    • A Schengen state
    • A Member State of the EEA/EU
    • Canada
    • Japan
    • United States

Do I Need a Visa to Study in Finland?

Third-country nationals need a visa to study in Finland. This means that if you need a visa to enter Finland you will need a visa to study as well.

If your study program lasts for three months you can apply for a short-term Schengen visa, if it lasts longer you’ll need a long-term student visa.

Residents from countries that enter Finland visa-free are allowed to study in Finland only for 90 days, afterwards, they have to be registered with a temporary permit.

Do I Need a Visa to Work in Finland?

Yes, you need a Finland work visa if you want to be employed in Finland. Even if you are a resident from a country that can enter Finland visa-free you can work without a visa for only 90 days.

There are a few types of work visas depending on the length of your work, but in order to qualify for a work visa, you must have an employment contract secured before you submit the visa application.

Who Can Visit Finland Visa-Free?

Here is a list of countries that visit Finland visa-free:

  • Albania (biometric passports)
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (biometric passports)
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova (biometric passports)
  • Monaco (biometric passports)
  • Montenegro (biometric passports)
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia (biometric passports)
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Serbia (biometric passports)
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine (biometric passports)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • United Kingdom

How Long Can I Stay in Finland Without a Visa?

Residents from countries that don’t need a visa to enter Finland can stay for up to 90 days. If you are planning on staying longer, then you need to register for a temporary permit.

You have to register with a local Finnish Immigration Service, or you can apply online. The fee for both types of applications is €50.

You qualify for your right to register if:

  • You are a citizen of an EU Member State, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland.
  • You hold a valid passport or identity card.
  • You have grounds for your residence in Finland.
  • You are not a danger to public order.

Requirements When Entering Finland Without a Visa

If you do not need a visa to enter Finland you need to carry a valid passport or travel documents. Your documents need to be valid 3 months after you plan to leave Finland, and your documents should have been issued in the last 10 years.

When you enter Finland, you also need to meet the general requirements such as that you will uphold the Finnish laws and that you won’t pose a danger to Finland’s national interests.

*Please note that a driver’s license is not a valid travelling document.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a ‘third-country national’?

A third-country national is a resident from a country outside of the Schengen Area or the EEA/EU. Third-country nationals usually need visas to enter Europe. However, some countries have a visa agreement and visas are not required (see above).

I’m from the UK, do I need a visa to enter Finland after Brexit?

No, you don’t need a visa. UK nationals can still travel visa-free for 90 days even after Brexit. You may be asked to switch from the EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens lane while waiting in line at the Finnish border.

Is the Schengen visa valid for Finland?

Yes, it is valid. The Schengen visas are valid for every country in the Schengen zone, that includes Finland as well.

Will I need a visa every time I enter Finland?

Yes, your visa is only valid for 3 months within a 6 month period. Once your visa expires you need to apply for another visa in order to enter Finland again. If you have a double-entry, or multiple entry visa you can enter Finland more than once as long as you don’t violate the 90/180 rule.

Can I travel to Finland with a visa only if I don’t have a passport?

No, you can’t. A visa is not enough to be allowed entry in Finland, you need to have a valid passport. Even if you are from a visa-free country you need a passport.

How do I know if I need a visa for Finland?

Please check above the list of countries for those that need a visa to enter Finland. If you are not sure you should check with a local authority of the Finnish government in your country.

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