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Travel guidance and entry restrictions amended due to COVID-19
On 11 September, the Government adopted a decision on restrictions on border traffic, which will enter into force on 19 September. Restrictions on entry will be lifted for traffic between Finland and Cyprus, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Poland and Sweden, as well as for residents of Australia, Canada and Japan who are travelling from their home country to Finland. Restrictions on entry into the country will be reintroduced between Finland and Hungary and Italy.
Q&A about travelling and coronavirus
We have put together frequently asked questions with answers about travel and coronavirus.
New Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service enters into force on September
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued a Decree on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service for 2020–2022. The new decree will replace the former Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service (377/2014). The new decree will enter into force on 1 September 2020 and will be valid until 31 December 2022.
Entry restrictions and travel recommendations tightened – continue to avoid non-essential travel
In its informal meeting on 18 August, the Government outlined changes to border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations. Restrictions on internal and external border traffic will be reinstated based on an epidemiological assessment. Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and Iceland, Greece, Malta, Germany, Norway and Denmark. Restrictions on external border traffic will be reinstated for traffic into Finland from Ireland, Cyprus and San Marino, as well as to Japanese residents in traffic arriving in Finland from Japan.
Visa applications in exceptional cases accepted by missions in limited manner
In accordance with the Government decision, the amendments to the entry restrictions entered into force on 10 August 2020. Insofar as external border control continues, the accepted criteria for entry are the return of persons living in Finland or in another EU or Schengen country and other essential reasons. As of 10 August, an established relationship is also considered an essential reason for entry on the basis of which a visa can be applied for.
Changes to entry restrictions and travel recommendations; continue to avoid non-essential travel
At its session on 6 August, the Government decided on changes to border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations. Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and the Netherlands, Andorra and Belgium. All persons returning from abroad must take note of the quarantine instructions provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
Changes to border traffic and travel recommendations, non-essential travel should be avoided
At its session on 23 July, the Government decided on changes to border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations. Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland. All traffic is allowed from certain non-European countries. Persons returning from abroad should follow the quarantine instructions issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
Travel restrictions are further relaxed but non-essential travel should still be avoided
Finland allows recreational travel to Finland from those European countries where the number of coronavirus infections is at a sufficiently low level. People are able to travel to these countries and to return to Finland from them without self-isolation. On 15 June, the restrictions on non-essential travel were lifted for Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway and will be lifted on 13 July for Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, the Netherlands, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the Vatican.
Government plans to lift restrictions on tourism
The Government plans to lift the internal border control from 13 July for those countries where the incidence of COVID-19 is at a sufficiently low level. Based on the current development of the epidemic, internal border control could be lifted for the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Limited reception of residence permit applications to resume in Finnish missions abroad
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Finland suspended the reception of ordinary visa and residence permit applications starting on 19 March 2020. The reception of ordinary visa applications continues to be suspended but activities relating to residence permit applications were gradually resumed in the missions on 16 June 2020.
Everyone has the right to leave Finland; however, non-essential travel should be avoided
Coronavirus and its spread are still a global risk. Starting on 15 June, internal border control and quarantine recommendations will change in respect of certain countries, but it is recommended to avoid non-essential travel to other countries. The changes will apply to travel to Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Although Finland has abandoned internal border controls and quarantine recommendations for certain countries, the country of destination may have its own restrictions on the entry of tourists. Always check the up-to-date entry regulations from the authorities of the country of destination, for example from the country’s nearest mission.
Foreign Ministry’s repatriation flights have ended
The repatriation flights arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have ended. Altogether 16 flights were carried out, with a total of 3,227 tourists returning to Finland or through Finland to their home country in Europe. Around 2,000 of the passengers on the flights were tourists returning to Finland.
If you are travelling abroad, return to Finland!
Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act, the Government has decided to restrict traffic at Finland’s external borders starting on Thursday 19 March at 00.00. Finns travelling abroad are encouraged to return to Finland as soon as possible.
Finland suspends the reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications in the missions
Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland, in line with the rest of the Schengen countries, has suspended the reception of normal visa applications in Finland’s missions with immediate effect from 19 March until further notice.
Coronavirus advice for travellers: Ministry for Foreign Affairs monitors coronavirus situation
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finland’s Missions are monitoring the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in cooperation with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and they are in constant contact with key actors with regard to the situational picture and any necessary measures.
Updated Visa Code to apply from 2 February 2020
The EU is revising its Visa Code in order to facilitate visa procedures for travellers and to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by illegal migration. Finland will start applying the new Visa Code on 2 February 2020 together with other Schengen countries.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs will phase in a new visa system
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will phase in a new visa system during February and March 2020. After its introduction, visa applications can be processed efficiently, fast and reliably.
Embassy of Finland in Nigeria celebrated Independence Day by showcasing Finnish nature and landscape through exhibition of Finnish photographer Niko Laurila and Nokia Virtual Experience
Finland’s 102nd year of Independency was celebrated in the Embassy in Abuja on Friday 6 December, with a special focus on sustainable development and Finland’s nature through photography and virtual multimedia experience. The exhibition of young Finnish photographer Niko Laurila was opened at the Independence Day Reception, and it will run in the Ambassador’s residence until the end of the year, after which the pictures will be placed at the Embassy with the aim of creating Finnish atmosphere. Finnish nature and cityscape was also available to the guests through a 360° virtual experience provided by Nokia Nigeria, a Finnish telecoms giant.
Message from the President of the Republic to expatriate Finns
Africa is an important partner
In recent years, African countries have increased their visibility in the eyes of the international community. This trend can be seen also in the priorities of the European Commission’s external relations and Finland’s foreign policy. In the fifth part of the “Sustainable Foreign Policy” series, Maria Kurikkala who leads the Africa Policy Team sheds light on the reasons underlying the current interest.
New visa sticker for use
All Finnish missions abroad and organisations issuing visas, including the Border Guard, Finnish Customs and the Police, started to use the new EU visa sticker on 11 November 2019
Nordic innovations in the limelight in Lagos, Nigeria
Nordic embassies in Nigeria (Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark) with their partners (Business Finland, Business Sweden ja NORWEP) organized in 22-23 May in Lagos, Nigeria, the Nordic Nigeria Connect for Nordic and Nigerian exchange in business and culture. Previous time a similar event took place in Lagos was in 2012.
Embassy is closed 5-6 June for Eid holidays
The Embassy is closed 5-6 June for Eid al-Fitr. We are open again on Friday 7 June.
Nordic-Nigeria Connect – Innovating for Change, 22-23 May in Lagos, Nigeria
The Nordic Embassies in Nigeria – Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark – are collaborating on the second edition of Nordic Days in Nigeria: Nordic Nigeria Connect – Innovating for Change. The event will take place at Radisson Blu, Victoria Island, Lagos, on 22-23 May 2019. The Vice-President H.E. Yemi Osinbajo has been invited to open the event on Wednesday 22 May. Nordic-Nigeria Connect is a unique opportunity for partnership between Nordic and Nigerian actors to innovate for change. Target groups and beneficiaries of this initiative are Nordic and Nigerian companies, investors, government representatives and other interested organisations. In Lagos, world-class Nordic innovation culture meets the Lagosian thriving entrepreneurial scene with the largest number of tech hubs in Africa. More than 30 Nordic companies from several sectors, including education, transport and energy, are participating in the event.
The Embassy is closed for Easter holidays
Due to the upcoming Easter holidays the Embassy is closed on Friday 19th April and Monday 22nd April.
Finland has outsourced the submission of visa and residence permit applications to VFS Global on March 5th, 2019
Finland has outsourced the submission of visa and residence permit applications to VFS Global on March 5th, 2019. Visa and residence permit applications must always be submitted in person.
Join Nordic statement on International Women’s Day 2019
Today on 8 March, we recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day. This day acknowledges women’s full enjoyment of human rights all over the world as well as the role that women play in the development of society.
Finnpartnership’s Doing Business with Finland seminars in West Africa brought together local and Finnish companies in Accra and Cotonou
In February, Finnpartnership together with Embassy of Finland in Abuja and other partners organized Doing Business with Finland seminars in Accra, Ghana on February 26th and in Cotonou, Benin on February 28th. The seminars brought together Ghanaian and Beninese companies with a group of Finnish companies.
Finland improves visa and residence permit application procedures in Nigeria
Finland will outsource the submission of Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications in Nigeria to application centre (AC) maintained by VFS Global. AC will be opened in Abuja on 5th March 2019.
Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications in Nigeria
Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications in Nigeria. Finland Application Centre maintained by VFS Global will be opened in Abuja in February-March 2019 (Date will be informed later).
Finland contributes most to the greater good of humanity
Finland ranked first in the Good Country Index published on 23 January. The results of the Index indicate that, relative to its size, Finland contributes more to humanity and burdens the planet less than any other country.
The embassy is closed 24-26 December and 1 January
The Embassy of Finland is closed during Christmas 24-26 December and again on New Year’s Day 1 January.
The first lactose-free product series launched in Nigeria by Finnish company Valio
Last week, one of the biggest consumer brands in Finland Valio launched their first product in Nigeria. For them, it has been a journey of three years in total in Nigeria, from finding the best distributors to overcoming all regulatory hurdles. Finnish food giant Valio’s global turnover is EUR 1.7 billion. On Wednesday, the Ambassador hosted the launch event at his residence in Abuja and opened the event by talking about the clean and healthy food coming from Finland.
Side-accreditation to Cameroon
The New Ambassador of Finland Presents his Credentials to the President of Nigeria
This year, the independence day of the Republic of Finland was celebrated in a special way, as the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland, Dr. Jyrki Pulkkinen, on 6 December 2018 presented his Letter of Credentials to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari. Dr. Pulkkinen is the 18th Ambassador of Finland serving in Nigeria. Ambassador Pulkkinen wants to boost bilateral trade and economic relations, especially in ICT and innovation.
The Embassy is at the moment not giving new appointments for residence permit customers
Kindly notice that for the time being the Embassy of Finland in Abuja is not booking new appointments for residence permit applicants due to procedural updates. Please follow our website for updates on when bookings will resume. The embassy is expecting to resume bookings mid-February.
Participant for Foreign Correspondents Program 2018
Bilkis Olushola Lawal will be representing Nigeria in this year’s Foreign Correspondents Program. She is a Lagos based freelance journalist at the beginning of her career. Shola has prior experience in variety of different medias. She has been published in international magazines such as Latterly Magazine.
New Ambassador to Abuja, side accreditation to South Sudan
At the presidential session on Friday 1 June, the President of the Republic decided to appoint Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Jyrki Pulkkinen to serve as Finland’s Ambassador to Abuja, Nigeria, from 1 September 2018.
Ghana and Finland strengthen ICT cooperation
The Minister of Communication of Ghana Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who was on a two-day visit to Finland on 24-25 May, on Friday in Helsinki held bilateral discussions with her Finnish counterpart, Minister of Transport and Communication Anne Berner. The two Ministers focused on cooperation possibilities in various areas, and agreed that in a digitalized environment connectivity is of the essence.
Nigerian Military Officers Visit Finland
A delegation of 24 officers from National Defence College Nigeria is currently in Finland for a week-long programme, as part of their Geo-Strategic World Study Tour. The theme of the study tour that took place from 19 May to 26 May, is Social Security and National Development in Finland: Lessons for Nigeria. The group is hosted in Helsinki by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as well as other ministries and the Finnish Defence Forces.
Participants for the Foreign Correspondents Program 2018 have been chosen
The Embassy would like to thank each and every one of the applicants for the thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents Program for 2018. This year we received 317 applications in total.
University of Lagos visits Finland – Looking to Partner with Institutions of Higher Education
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe was in Finland with his team on 15-21 April 2018. The group had an extensive programme with meetings in various institutions of higher education. The Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury discussed with the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellors about their visit to Finland at the convocation ceremony at the University of Lagos on 11th May 2018.
NGO from Niger Celebrated in Finland at the Award Ceremony of the First International Gender Equality Prize
The President of SOS Femmes et Enfants Victimes de Violence Familiale (SOS FEVVF) from Niger, Mrs. Mariama Moussa, on Tuesday 6 February was celebrated at a ceremony in Finland to mark the high-profile International Gender Equality Prize.
The general phone line of the Embassy is in use again
The general phone line +234 (0) 803 785 1150 is now functioning.
Thank you for celebrating our centenary anniversary with us
The Embassy wishes all friends of Finland happy holidays and all the best for the new year! Thank you for celebrating our centenary anniversary with us throughout 2017!
Finnish Ambassador and Nigeria’s Minister of State Praise Bilateral Relations at Finland’s 100th Anniversary Celebration
The 100th Anniversary of Finland’s independence was celebrated in Abuja on 6 December 2017, at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Finland.
Minister Visits Ghana and Nigeria with 25 businesses during Finland’s Centenary Anniversary Year
Business interest towards Ghana and Nigeria is definitely growing. Last year’s visit from Finland by a Deputy Minister and around a dozen companies was this November followed by a Ministerial level trade mission and 25 companies in total, including two important funding agencies. The visit coincided with the 100th Anniversary year of Finland’s independence.
Delays in the customer service of the Embassy
For the moment there are delays in legalizing documents due to the change of service provider. The Embassy regrets the inconvenience caused to the customers.
Model United Nations Delegates Visit the Embassy
The Nigerian International Secondary Schools Model United Nations (NISSMUN) Conference this week convenes in Abuja to deliberate over the issue of cybercrime. The event gathers together hundreds of students from different states in Nigeria, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps. In the official opening of the Conference on Monday, the Ambassador of Finland spoke about the importance of multilateralism, and the role that the Model United Nations plays.
Change of service provider for document verification
The Embassy of Finland wishes to inform all customers that as of 1 November 2017 all documents to be verified for legalization will go through VFS Global instead of Rayfield Consult.
Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo focuses on Solar Power
The opening of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo was held on Wednesday 18 October in Abuja, at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre. The two-day event, which brings together businesses, policy makers and others, also houses exhibitors in renewable energy. The Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury gave a speech at the event.
Migration and Mobility discussed in Accra at UNU-WIDER and ARUA Conference
The Helsinki-based United Nations University UNU-WIDER and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) on 5-6 October 2017 held a conference on Migration and Mobility at the University of Ghana in Accra.
Ghana Education Minister visits Finland
The Minister of Education of Ghana Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh visited Finland on 4-7 September 2017. The Minister was in Finland to learn more about the Finnish education system, and to talk about possible cooperation in the area of education.
Vacancy at the Embassy of Finland
The Embassy of Finland is looking for a Chef for Ambassador’s residence from 1 October 2017 onwards, or as agreed.
Finnish Ambassador pays courtesy call to NACCIMA President
Ambassador Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury paid a courtesy call to the recently appointed National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Mrs. Iyalode Alaba Lawson in Lagos on 30 June 2017.
African diaspora discussed at Nordic Africa Institute and University of Ibadan Symposium
African diaspora discussed at Nordic Africa Institute and University of Ibadan Symposium
Minister Anne Berner visits Nigeria – Promotes trade and investment
A ministerial visit from Finland to Nigeria this weekend was firmly focused on trade and investment, as Minister Anne Berner was in Abuja on Saturday 10 June, to take part in the 16th Meeting of Nordic and African Foreign Ministers. The meeting, hosted this year by Nigeria, focused on the theme of ‘Ensuring Sustainable Development through Trade and Investment: The Africa-Nordic Engagement’.
Finland receives recognition at Diplomatic & Executive Awards 2017 in Abuja
The Ambassador of Finland was one of the awardees when the Diplomatic Vista magazine hosted at the Sheraton hotel in Abuja on Tuesday 30 May 2017 for the first time in Nigeria the Annual Diplomat & Executive Night. The Ambassador of Finland, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury received the award for the ‘Diplomat of the Year (Europe) 2017’.
Finland stresses education and gender equality at She Forum Africa
The fourth edition of She Forum Africa was held in Abuja at the NAF Conference Centre on 25 May 2017. Among the panelists was the Ambassador of Finland Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury.
Nomination of candidates for 2018 Millennium Technology Prize
The call for candidate nomination for the Millennium Technology Prize 2018 was opened in early April. The prize is awarded every second year for innovations that solve the challenges of the human kind in a sustainable manner. Here is the press release from 3 April 2017.
Peacebuilding and Statebuilding highlighted at Nigeria Consultative Conference on the IDPS
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), together with the Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA) on Thursday 11 May hosted a conference in Abuja. The conference brought together government officials, academia, military, non-governmental actors and diplomats, to discuss the issue of implementing in Nigeria the IDPS principles and instruments for sustainable peace.
Abuja international airport has been reopened
Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja is open again. The airport was closed for a period of six weeks due to runway renovations. The airport was reopened on schedule on 19 April 2017.
Finland allocates humanitarian funding to Nigeria
The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland, Mr. Kai Mykkänen, has decided to allocate 2 million Euros of Finnish humanitarian aid through the World Food Programme to Nigeria, where the north-eastern parts are at risk of famine. This is in addition to the 1,5 million Euros that Finland already channeled to Nigeria in December last year through UNICEF.
Thank you for the applications
The Embassy would like to thank all who showed interest towards the vacancy of Receptionist/ Visa assistant. In total we received almost 400 applications. We will contact personally the applicants who are chosen for the interview.
Be Bold for Change – Finland Participates in International Women’s Day Celebrations in Lagos
The Ambassador of Finland celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day in Lagos. She participated a three day programme during 6-8 March 2017, hosted by Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation. The theme of the celebrations was ‘Be Bold for Change – Say NO to Domestic Violence & Gender Discrimination’.
Sixty years of Ghana Celebrated in Finland – Focus on Development, Trade and Investment
The current year is exceptionally important for both Finland and Ghana. While Finland clocks up 100 years as an independent nation, Ghana celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and the diplomatic relations between the two countries reach the ripe age of 40 years.
Finnish author Minna Canth could, and she did
During her wide-ranging and consequential career, Minna Canth advocated for women’s rights and social causes. Her legacy continues; Minna Canth Day is celebrated annually on her birthday, March 19.
Vacancy at the Embassy of Finland
The Embassy of Finland is looking for a Visa & Consular Services Assistant / Receptionist from 17 April 2017 onwards, or as agreed.
One hundred days, ten countries – CodeBus Africa started from Ghana
The coding bus departed on a tour of Africa from Ghana this week. The project takes coding experts to ten different countries during one hundred days.
Abuja international airport will be closed on 8 March for a period of six weeks
According to the Federal Ministry of Transportation of Nigeria, the international airport of Abuja (Nnamdi Azikiwe) will be temporarily closed for the renovation of the runway, for a period of six weeks, starting 8 March 2017. According to the Ministry, during the closure, Kaduna International Airport will be used as an alternate.