Important information on visa categories to enter Finland and instructions on how to apply, are available HERE.
Please take note that in many countries Finland is represented by another country and therefore the visa process can take a long time. The earlier you start your application, the better.
A VISA TO VISIT FINLAND
Finland is a member state of Schengen area. The Schengen states have jointly agreed which countries’ citizens are required to present a visa. Each Schengen state decides which passports and travel documents it accepts from different countries’ citizens.
Please refer to the table in Appendix 1 for a list of countries whose citizens are visa nationals and require visa nationals and require visas to enter Finland You can also check if you require a visa at
It has been agreed with some countries that Finland may be represented by another Schengen state. In such cases, apply for a visa to Finland from the mission of that Schengen state. Schengen member states 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.
Submit your visa application at a mission or visa centre in person. An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax.
Even if you do not need a visa to visit Finland, you need a valid passport or some other travel document accepted by Finland. It must be valid for at least ninety days after your intended date of departure from the Schengen area.
In addition, the passport or other travel document must have been issued no later than ten years ago.
You can find Finnish visa regulations as well as visa application forms at
The LOC have provided Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs detail of the Championships to insure that Finnish missions are informed about the Championships and the visa applications they can expect to receive.
Your conditions of entry to Finland are re-evaluated upon arrival in the country. In addition to your visa, you are asked to produce a valid passport or travel document, an insurance document for the duration of your stay and the supporting documents.
You must prove that you have enough funds (EUR 30 per day) to support yourself. The funds need to be sufficient for your stay and return or continuation trip. If you have a valid return ticket, its value reduces the amount of funds you are required to have with you.
You must not have an entry ban to the Schengen area. Your entry into the country can be prohibited also if you are considered to constitute a danger to the public order and security, public health, or Finland’s relations with other countries.
Furthermore, your entry may be refused if there is reason to suspect that you intend to earn money by dishonest means.
The current standard fees for visas are as follows. Please note that visa fees may be subject to change. The processing fee must be paid in cash upon application. Some missions accept bank transfers. For more detailed information about different missions’ practices and ways of payment, please visit the missions’ websites.
|A visa||from 1 June 2014 onward|
|Visa fee (also for a negative decision)||EUR 60|
|Visa fee for children aged 6 to 11 (also for a negative decision)||EUR 35|
|In accordance with the visa facilitation agreement between the EU and a third country, the visa fee payable by a citizen of the country in question is (also for a negative decision)||EUR 35|
|In accordance with a separate visa facilitation agreement the fee for an accelerated procedure is (also for a negative decision)||EUR 70|
|Forms to which a visa is affixed for persons whose travel document is not accepted by Finland.||EUR 10|
If you have any questions relating to visas for IAAF World U20 Championships please contact the LOC on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizens of the following countries need a transit visa (Transit visa allows the visa holder transit via the international zone of the airport during a stopover or change between two flights.)
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Sri Lanka
Citizens of the countries listed below are visa nationals and require a visa to enter Finland.
|Federation||Finnish Embassy in the country||Finland is represented by another country Embassy (Embassy listed below)||Finnish Embassy in a foreign country (Embassy listed below)|
|AFGHANISTAN||Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, India|
|ALBANIA||Visa required for not biometric passport holder.
Finnish Embassy in Athens, Greece
|ANGOLA||Embassy of Norway in Luanda|
|ARMENIA||Embassy of Italy in Jerevan|
|AZERBAIJAN||Embassy of Norway in Baku|
|BAHRAIN||Embassy of Germany in Manama|
|BANGLADESH||Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka|
|BELARUS||Embassy of Estonia in Minsk|
|BELIZE||Finnish Embassy in Mexico|
|BENIN||Embassy of Netherlands in Cotonou|
|BHUTAN||Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, India|
|BOLIVIA||Embassy of Denmark in La Paz|
|BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA||Visa required: Holders of an old passport (not a biometric passport).
Finnish Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia
|BOTSWANA||Embassy of Germany, Gaborone|
|BURKINA FASO||Embassy of Belgium in Ouagadougou|
|BURUNDI||Embassy of Belgium in Bujumbura|
|CAMBODIA||Embassy of Germany in Phnom Penh|
|CAMEROON||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|CAPE VERDE ISLANDS||Embassy of Portugal in Cidade da Praia|
|CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|CHAD||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|CHINESE TAIPEI||Consulate General of Finland, Hong Kong
Visa free:holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.
|COLOMBIA||Embassy of Sweden in Bogotá|
|COMOROS||Finnish Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|CONGO||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|CUBA||Embassy of Sweden in Havana|
|DEM. REP. OF SAO TOME E PRINCIPE||Embassy of any Schengen member state
|DEMOC. REPUBLIC OF CONGO||Embassy of Belgium in Kinshasa|
|DJIBOUTI||Finnish Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|DOMINICAN REPUBLIC||Embassy of the Netherlands in Santo Domingo|
|DPR OF KOREA||Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang|
|ECUADOR||Embassy of Spain in Quito and Guayquil|
|EQUATORIAL GUINEA||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|ERITREA||Embassy of Italy in Asmara|
|F Y REP. OF MACEDONIA|| Finnish Embassy in Belgrade,Serbia
Visa required: Holders of an old passport (not a biometric passport).
|FIJI||Embassy of France in Suva|
|GABON||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|GEORGIA||Visa required: Holders of an old passport (not a biometric passport). Embassy of Germany in Tbilisi|
|GHANA||Embassy of Denmark in Accra|
|GUINEA||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|GUINEA-BISSAU||Embassy of Portugal in Bissau|
|GUYANA||Embassy of Norway in Brasília, Embassy of Netherlands in Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, Brasil|
|HAITI||Embassy of France in Port-au-Prince|
|HONG KONG, CHINA||Visa Application Centre, Hong Kong|
|IRAQ||Finnish Embassy in Ankara, Turkey|
|ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN||X|
|IVORY COAST||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|JAMAICA||Embassy of Germany in Kingston|
|JORDAN||Embassy of Norway in Amman|
|KAZAKHSTAN||Embassy of Estonia, Astana|
|KIRGHIZSTAN||Embassy of Switzerland in Bischkek|
|KUWAIT||Embassy of Germany in Kuwait|
|LAOS||Embassy of Germany in Vientiane|
|LEBANON||Embassy of Austria in Beirut|
|LESOTHO||Visa Application Centre in Pretoria/Durban/Cape Town, South Africa|
|LIBERIA||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|LIBYA||Embassy of Italy in Tripoli|
|MACAO||Visa Application Centre, Hong Kong|
|MADAGASCAR||Finnish Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique|
|MALAWI||Embassy of Norway in Lilongwe|
|MALDIVES||Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, India|
|MALI||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|MAURITANIA||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|MOLDOVA||Visa required: Holders of an old passport (not a biometric passport). Embassy of Hungary in Chisinau|
|MONGOLIA||Embassy of Germany in Ulanbaatar|
|MONTENEGRO||Finnish Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia
Visa required: holders of an old passport (not a biometric passport).
|MYANMAR||Embassy of Germany in Rangoon|
|NIGER||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|OMAN||Embassy of Spain in Muscat|
|PAKISTAN||Embassy of the Netherlands in Islamabad|
|PALESTINE||Representative office of Finland in Ramallah (service also in arabic) or in Tel Aviv (no arabic service)|
|PAPUA NEW GUINEA||Finnish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|PHILIPPINES||Embassy of Norway in Manila|
|PR OF CHINA||X|
|QATAR||Embassy of Germany in Doha|
|Rep of NAURU – Pacific||Embassy of Finland in Canberra, Australia|
|REPUBLIC OF YEMEN||Contact Finnish Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for detailed instructions|
|RWANDA||Embassy of Belgium in Kigali|
|SAUDI ARABIA||Embassy of Sweden in Riyadh|
|SENEGAL||Embassy of France in Dakar|
|SERBIA||Visa required: Holders of an old passport (not biometric)|
|SIERRA LEONE||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|SOUTH SUDAN||Finnish Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|SRI LANKA||Embassy of Norway in Colombo|
|SUDAN||Visa Application Centre in Cairo/Alexandria, Egypt|
|SURINAME||Embassy of the Netherlands in Paramarimbo|
|SWAZILAND||Finnish Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique|
|SYRIA||Finnish Embassy in Ankara, Turkey|
|TAJIKISTAN||Embassy of Germany in Duschanbe|
|THE GAMBIA||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|TOGO||Finnish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria|
|TURKMENISTAN||Embassy of Germany in Aschgabat|
|UGANDA||Finnish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya|
|UKRAINE||Visa required: Holders of an old passport (not biometric passport)|
|UZBEKISTAN||Embassy of Germany in Taschkent|
|ZAMBIA||Embassy of Sweden in Lusaka|
|ZIMBABWE||Embassy of France in Harare|