Finland to process more visa applications in Russia from Oct

15 Sep 2021, 03:13

  DF Report

A Schengen visa. DF File Photo.

Finland will strengthen the capacity to receive visa applications in Russia from 1 October, said the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a press release on Tuesday.

As of that date, Finland's Visa Application Centres in Russia will accept applications from business customers and from all applicants whose multiple-entry Schengen visa, issued by Finland for at least two years, has expired.

The visa centres will continue to accept applications from all other special customer groups that have been approved so far.

An applicant, however, needs to book appointment for submitting a new visa application.

The validity of entry restrictions for Finland remains in place despite the strengthening of the capacity to receive visa applications.

All visa applicants must sign a document in which they undertake to ensure that they meet the conditions for entry and understand that a visa that has been issued does not guarantee entry in Finland.

It is estimated that more than half a million Schengen visas issued by Finland in Russia have expired during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Finland granted the most Schengen visas in Russia and was one of the most popular destinations for Russians.

In 2019, Finland issued a total of 790,000 Schengen visas in Russia. In the same year, Russians made 3.7 million visits to Finland.