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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Embassy of Finland, Beijing - Consulates General of Finland, Shanghai: Visa and residence permit


  • Embassy of Finland, Beijing
    Tel. +86-10-8519 8300,
  • Consulate General of Finland, Shanghai
    Tel. +86 21 5292 9900,
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Visa and residence permit

  1. Make sure whether you need a visa or a residence permit:

  • Visa is meant only for a short-term stay of up to 90 days

  • For a stay of more than 90 days, a residence permit is required. If you intend to work in Finland, a residence permit is usually required even if your stay is shorter than 90 days.

  • According to the EU visa rules, one of the requirements for granting a Schengen visa is that the person must leave the Schengen area before the visa expires. For this reason, a visa cannot be granted to a person who has come to Finland in order to obtain a residence permit or to wait for the decision on a pending residence permit-related matter. This also applies to family members of Finnish citizens.

  1. Make sure where to apply and which documents are needed:


Visa must be applied from the Schengen country that is the main destination of the journey. The first biometric Schengen visa must be applied in person, after which the fingerprints are valid for 5 years. If you have applied for a biometric Schengen visa before, it is not necessary to submit the visa application in person.

  • In China, Finland has 15 visa application centers. The visa application must be submitted at the visa application center in whose jurisdiction the applicant legally resides.
    • Jurisdiction of the Embassy of Finland in Beijing 12:
      • Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Xi'an.
    • Jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Shanghai 3:
      • Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing
  • In Mongolia, visas to Finland must be applied from the Embassy of Germany in Ulaanbaatar.

Residence permit

Residence permit must be submitted in person at the Finnish mission in whose jurisdiction the applicant legally resides. Applicants residing in Mongolia shall submit their residence permit application at the Embassy of Finland in Beijing. An appointment is mandatory.

  1. Please make sure that all information in the visa sticker or residence permit card is correct

When a visa or residence permit has been granted, please check the information and contact the mission if needed:

  • Personal information: name, surname, passport number
  • Other information: number of entries and duration of stay and validity period

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Updated 10/15/2018

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