Finland Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
British Yes No No
USA Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Australian Yes No No
Other EU 1 No No


A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.


Visas for Finland are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities if staying longer than three months. Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA may stay for up to 90 days within a six-month period without a visa.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Finland.

Types and Cost

Schengen visa: €60/£50.


The Schengen visa is valid for 90 days within a six-month period.

Application to

In person at the consulate (or consular section of embassy).

Working days

Allow five to 10 working days for visa processing.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

If staying longer than three months, non-EU nationals require a residence permit; contact the nearest embassy or the Finnish Immigration Service ( for further information.

EU nationals do not require a residence permit, but must register with the local police within three months of entry into Finland.

Entry with pets

Pets require a microchip, rabies vaccination and pet passport.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Finland in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7838 6200

Embassy of Finland in the USA

Telephone: (202) 298 5800

British Embassy in Finland

Telephone: (0) 9 2286 5100