Finland is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. You can visit a reindeer farm in Lapland, sunbathe in the buff on a Finnish island, or see the Northern Lights. If you're traveling to Finland, you'll want to find out whether you'll need a visa to visit Finland, how long you can stay, and where you can apply for a visa.
U.S. Citizens entering Finland
U.S. citizens do not need to obtain a visa if they stay in Finland for less than 90 days within a 180-day period. The passport needs to be valid for a minimum of three months after the trip. This is to ensure you are eligible to return to the U.S. when your visit is done.
When staying in Finland for a longer period of time, a residence permit issued by the Finnish Immigration Service is required.
As of 2018, the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. no longer takes in or handles visa or residence permit applications. The Consulate General of Finland in New York handles other than study or work-based residence permit applications. The Finnish Consulate General in Los Angeles provides some visa services.
If you are a foreign national requiring a visa, you must have one when entering the Schengen area. Finland is a member country.
Schengen visas cover a short, temporary stay for less than 90 days within a 180-day period. A visa issued by one of the Schengen countries allows free movement within the Schengen area, unless otherwise stated on the visa sticker. Individual countries still have a right to stop a person entering and request to see their passport.
Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Great Britain, Ireland, Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania have not signed the Schengen contract.
If you would normally need a visa but have a valid residence permit in one of the Schengen countries, you do not need a visa to enter another Schengen country. VFS.Global handles Schengen visa applications for Finland in the U.S.
EU citizens do not need a visa and they can stay an unlimited time as Finland is also part of the EU and EEA. You will not need a visa if you're from any other countries (e.g. Canada, USA, Australia) but you will be able to stay a maximum of 90 days as a traveler without a visa for Finland. You can get personal assistance at one of the Finnish embassies near you.
Who Needs a Passport to Enter Finland?
European Union citizens (except UK citizens) do not need a passport for Finland, a national ID is sufficient. Bring your passport if you're from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia or Asia.
Return tickets are not required when you enter Finland without a visa.
If you are a citizen of a country that is not listed here or you are unsure about your visa situation, please contact one of the Finnish embassies in your home country. Should you need a tourist or business visa, also contact the Embassy of Finland. Spouses and children of EU and EEA nationals may receive visas for Finland free of charge.