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Finnish Schengen Visa Application Requirements for Russian Citizens

Finnish Schengen Visa Application Requirements for Russian Citizens

Russian travelers wishing to visit Finland need to obtain a Schengen visa first, since Finland is part of the Schengen Area made of 26 countries, including 22 European Union Member states and four other countries part of the European Free Trade Association, which are Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

Finnish Schengen Visa Application Guideline for Russians

In order for a Russian national to obtain a Finnish Schengen Visa, the first thing they have to do is to decide what type of visa you need depending on the purpose under which you wish to enter Finland.

Russian citizens and residents can enter Finland under a Schengen visa for the following purposes of travel:

  • tourism,
  • business,
  • studying,
  • working, or
  • transiting

After you decide what type of Schengen visa you need, start gathering the required documents, which you can find listed below. Upon completing this task, schedule an interview at the embassy/consulate, during which interview you will hand in your documents and then will have your biometrics taken.

You can attend this interview at one of the Finnish visa application centers in Russia, which you will find listed below together with their contact details.

Required Documents for Finnish Schengen Visa Application

There are a number of documents that every Schengen Area member country requires from travelers that wish to enter that country. However, some of the countries requires less or extra documents. That is why it is best to always try to look up what documents each country requires for a Schengen visa, instead of just going with a general checklist of required documents.

In general, the required documents for a Finnish Schengen visa for Russian nationals are as following:

  • Application form – here you can find the Schengen visa application form, which you should complete in order to be able to apply for a visa. Answer all questions honestly and correctly. Keep in mind that the information you give in this form must comply with information in the other required documents. Print the completed form twice and then sign both copies at the end.
  • One photograph – either in black and white or in color, taken recently and no older than 6 months. Do not staple it to the documents, instead hand it loose.
  • Passport – must be valid for at least 90 days beyond your intended stay in Finland and no older than ten years. The passport must have at least one blank page in order to be able to affix visa. When it comes to travel documents, later in this article you will find a list of the travel documents issued by the Russian Federation that Finland accepts as valid.
  • Travel insurance – which must cover the whole period of your planned stay in Finland and in the entire Schengen area. According to the Schengen policy on travel insurance, it must be at least 30 thousand euros, and cover expenses for any sudden illness or accidents, and traveler’s repatriation in case of death as well.

Aside of the commonly required documents there are also supporting documents that some of the embassies ask for and others do not. That is why it is the best to ask the embassy for a checklist of the required documents before starting to gather them. However, the supporting documents asked by many embassies are as follows:

  • Proof of accommodation – for the whole duration of your stay in Finland. That can be a letter of invitation from your friends or relatives if you are going to stay over at them in Finland or a hotel booking confirmation from the hotel where you will be staying.
  • Means of subsistence – proof that you have enough financial means to maintain yourself during your stay in Finland. Depending on your working status you may submit the following documents in order to prove you means of subsistence:
    • employed applicants: an employment contract, a current bank statement of the last six months, a leave approval from the employer and a Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.
    • self-employed applicants: business license copy, a current company bank statement of the last six months, and also an Income Tax Return.
    • student applicants: proof of university enrollment, and no-objection letter from university.
    • retired applicants – pension statement of the last 6 months
  • Travel Itinerary – which is a detailed flight plan from Russia to Finland, and then back from Finland to Russia. This document must contain your name, flight name, arrival date, departure date, the price of the flight ticket etc.

The embassy has the right to ask for extra documents prior to your interview, during and after. Take care to submit these documents as soon as possible or in the given time, in order not to risk your chances of getting a visa.


List of additional documents required for the most frequent purposes of Finland Visa Application:

Finland Tourist/Visitor Visa:

Finland Visa for Business Purposes:

  • Invitation letter from the Finnish company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit
  • A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel
  • If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided
  • Business bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Memorandum and Article of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint stock companies) Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents
  • Regarding the applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation.

Finland Visa for Medical Purposes:

  • A local medical report
  • A medical attestation from the hospital or doctor in Finland, confirming the date of your appointment as well as your medical situation
  • Payment receipt of medical fees

Finland Visa for Cultural, Sports, Film Crew or Religious Purposes:

  • Invitation letter from the above-mentioned authorities with details upon the nature of events or activities – purpose of visit , expense coverage
  • Names of the applicants (crew members)
  • Duration of stay
  • Travel itinerary

Finland Visa for Members of Official Delegations:

  • The official invitation copy
  • Identity of applicant
  • Purpose of journey (negotiations, meetings, event by intergovernmental organizations, consultations)
  • Duration of stay
  • Place of accommodation 

Finland Visa for Study, Training, Research, or other type of Internship Purposes:

  • An enrollment certificate allowing attendance of courses
  • Certificate of completion or courses attended
  • Financial sustenance 

Finland Visa For The Wife/Husband of a Finnish citizen:

  • Proof of Finnish citizenship (ID card or consular card or certification of Finnish nationality or naturalization order)
  • Finnish marriage certificate
  • Finnish family record book

Finland Airport Transit Visa:

  • Visa or other type of entry permit in the transit country
  • Copy of your valid visa for your final destination 

Finish Schengen Visa for Russian Children

There are some different rules and requirements when it comes to Russian children applying for a Finnish Schengen visa. First of all, every applicant under the age of 14 will have to submit the following extra documents, aside of the commonly required documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • If traveling with one parent:
    • Notarized permission from the other parent (applicable only if the custody is shared)
    • If parents are not married / divorced: a certificate from the court of custody of guardianship
    • in case of death of the second parent – a certificate of his / her death
  • If the child is traveling with a third party that does not hold legal guardianship of him / her: Notarized permission from parents to leave the country (the parent/s that hold custody of the child)
  • Permission to leave school by school principal (if the leave takes place during school days)

Children under the age of 12 do not need to have their biometrics taken, whereas children under 17 can be accompanied by their parents during the interview. Every child under the age of 6 does not have to pay a visa fee, whereas children aged 6 to 11 have to pay a lower fee of 35 euros.

Russian Travel Documents accepted by Finnish authorities

Finland has a list of the travel documents that it accepts from each country, including the Russian travel documents. Following, find which documents are accepted as valid for traveling by the Finnish authorities:

  • Ordinary passport
  • Diplomatic passport
  • Service passport / Official duty passport
  • Repatriation Certificate
  • Travel Document for refugees (1951 Geneva Convention)
  • Seaman’s book (on duty)

Whereas the passports issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service offices to residents of Crimea or Sevastopol after 18 March 2014, (which the EU has called illegal annexation by Russia), are not recognized. Exempt from this rule are citizens that were holders of Russian citizenship before the annexation.

Also, Russian passports issued by Russian missions in the break-away Regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, belonging to Georgia according the international law, are not recognized.

Finnish Schengen Visa Fee for Russians

Every Finnish Schengen visa applicant must pay a fee in order to have his or her application processed. You will have to pay this fee in cash, either in euros or in rubles, according to the current exchange rates at the time of application.

A visa fee for Russian nationals costs 60 euro since June 2014. Whereas, children aged 6 to 11 have to pay a lower fee of 35 euros.

Exempt from paying the visa fee are the following categories:

  • children under 6
  • people traveling in the event of major disasters or other similar situations whenever supported by humanitarian reasons
  • groups of schoolchildren or adolescents under 18 years of age participating in cultural or sports events to which they have been invited by the event sponsor
  • holders of a diplomatic or service passport or their family members, whose visit will be of considerable importance for the relations between Finland and Russia

Keep in mind that if your visa application gets rejected you will not get your visa fee money back.

Finnish Schengen Visa Interview

The interview is a very important part of every visa applications. After completing your application form online, make an appointment at the Finnish embassy or consulate, for a visa interview. You can appoint the interview three months before your planned travel the earliest and two weeks before the latest.

Collect the required documents prior to the interview and try to get prepared by learning the most frequent questions asked by the consular officers.

On the day of the appointment, show up on time for the interview, since arriving later might result in the cancellation of your appointment. Arrange all your documents in advance and dress nicely. The interview should last around 10 minutes and you will be asked a few questions regarding your purpose of travel.

You will also have your fingerprints scanned, if this is the first time you are traveling to the Schengen Area.

Where to apply for a Finnish Schengen Visa in Russia?

Finnish Visa application Centers in Russia

Russian Applicants wishing to obtain a Finnish Schengen Visa, can apply at any of the following Finnish Visa Centers in Russia:

The Finnish Visa Center in Moscow

Address: 127473, Moscow, 2nd Volkonsky lane, 10
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
Fax: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Finland Visa Application Center in St. Petersburg

Address: 191025, St. Petersburg, ul. Stremyannaya, 21/5 (corner of Marata Street, 5)
Phone: +7 (812) 309-4081, + 7 (812) 426-3942
Fax: +7 (812) 309-4081, + 7 (812) 426-3942
E-Mail: [email protected]

The Finnish Visa Center in Arkhangelsk

Address: 163069, Arkhangelsk, Lomonosov Ave., 81
Phone: +7 (8152) 65-51-47 and +7 (8152) 65-51-38
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Vladivostok

Address: 690091, Vladivostok, Oceansky prospect, 17, of. 601, 6th floor
Phone: +7 (423) 265-25-47
Fax: +7 (423) 265-25-47
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Veliky Novgorod

Address: 173008, Veliky Novgorod, Sy rkovskoe shosse, 2a, office 603
Phone: +7 (812) 309-4081, + 7 (812) 426-3942
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Vologda

Address: 188800, Vologda, Prechistenskaya embankment, 34a
Phone: +7 (812) 309-4081, + 7 (812) 426-3942
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Vyborg

Address: 188800, Vyborg, Moscow Ave, 9, office 8-H
Phone: +7 (812) 309-4081, + 7 (812) 426-3942
E-Mail: [email protected]

The Finnish Visa Center in Yekaterinburg

Address: 620026, Ekaterinburg, ul. Kuybysheva, 44, 2 floor
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Irkutsk

Address: 664047, Irkutsk, ul. Sverdlov Str. 10
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Kazan

Address: 420021, Kazan, ul. Of the Paris Commune, 8
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Kaliningrad

Address: 236016, Kaliningrad, ul. 1812 year, house 126
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Application Center in Krasnodar

Address: 350001, Krasnodar, Academician Pavlova, 64
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Application Center in Krasnoyarsk

Address: 660075, Krasnoyarsk, ul. Mayerchak, 16
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Murmansk

Address: 183025, Murmansk, ul. Karla Libknekhta, 13
Phone: +7 (8152) 65-51-47 and +7 (8152) 65-51-38
E-Mail: [email protected]

The Finnish Visa Center in Nizhny Novgorod

Address: 603006, Nizhny Novgorod, ul. Shcherbakova, 15
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Novosibirsk

Address: 630132, Novosibirsk, ul. Chelyuskintsev, 15
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Visa Application Center of Finland in Omsk

Address: 644043, Omsk, ul. Frunze 1, p. 4, office 713
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail:  [email protected]

The Visa Center of Finland in Perm

Address: 61400, Perm, ul. Chernyshevsky 28
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Application Center in Petrozavodsk

Address: 185035, Petrozavodsk, ul. Gogol, 6
Phone: +7 (8142) 59-98-01 and + 7 (8142) 33-08-30
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Pskov

Address: 180016, Pskov, Riga Ave, 60
Phone: +7 (812) 309-4081, + 7 (812) 426-3942
E-Mail: [email protected]

Visa Application Center of Finland in Rostov-on-Don

Address: 344065, Rostov-on-Don, ul. Trolleybus, d. 24 / 2c, 2nd floor
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Application Center in Samara

Address: 443110, Samara, ul. Michurina, 78 of. 2, 2 floor
Phone: + 7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finland Visa Center in Ufa

Address: 450076 Ufa, ul. Chernyshevsky, 82
Phone: +7 (499) 703-4971, + 7 (499) 704-5592
E-Mail: [email protected]

Finnish Diplomatic Missions in Russia

Finland decided to establish diplomatic ties with the Russian Federation on 30 December 1991. Aside of the Finnish Embassy in Moscow there is also a Finnish General Consulate in Saint Petersburg, and two other consulates in Murmansk and Petrozavodsk.

There are Finnish cultural and educational institutions in Russia, just as there are such institutions in Russia, contributing to the relations between both countries. However, both countries still need visas to enter each-other’s borders.

Among the Russian nationals, only diplomatic passport holders can enter Schengen area and Finland visa-free.

Below find the addresses and other contact details of Finnish Embassy and Consulates in Russia:

Embassy of Finland in Moscow

Address: 119034, Moscow, Kropotkinsky pereulok, 15-17
Tel .: +7 (495) 787-4178 (from 10.00 to 12.00)
Fax: +7 (499) 255-3380
E-Mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg

Address: 191028, St. Petersburg, Preobrazhenskaya pl., 4 (metro station “Chernyshevskaya”)
Tel .: +7 (812) 331-7603 (from 10.00 to 12.00),
Fax: +7 (812) 331-7601
E-Mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Petrozavodsk branch of the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg

Address:  185035, Petrozavodsk, ul. Pushkinskaya, 15
Phone: +7 (8142) 555-025
Fax: +7 (8142) 767-167
E-Mail: [email protected]

Murmansk branch of the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg

Address: 183025, Murmansk, ul. Karl Marx, 25 a
Phone: +7 (8152) 445-382
Fax: +7 (8152) 448-341
E-Mail: [email protected]

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