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SCHENGEN VISAS

Overview

All citizens of Kosovo are required to apply for a visa before entering Finland and/or other countries under the Schengen agreement.

Before applying, please ensure you understand your particular ‘purpose of visit’. Schengen visas must be applied for at the respective Embassy/Consulate of the country of your main destination. Your main destination will be the Schengen country where your duration of stay exceeds all others. Due to this, when traveling to more than one Schengen country, you should submit your application to the Embassy/Consulate representing the country of your main destination. In case of equal stay, one has to submit their application to the mission of the Schengen country representing their first port of entry.

Finland Visa Application Centre in Pristina accepts applications for short stay visas only. A passport should be valid for at least three (3) months beyond the intended stay in Finland and there should be at least two (2) empty pages available in the passport.

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Visa Fees

Visa fees
Schengen visa for citizens of Kosovo 35
Schengen visa 60
Children, 0 to 5 years old 0
Schengen visa for citizens of the following countries
(by the Visa Facilitation Agreement):
- Russian federation
- Albania
- Armenia
- Azerbaijan
- Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Georgia
- Macedonia
- Moldova
- Montenegro
- Serbia
- Ukraine
- Kap Verde
35

There is a service charge of 27 euros (inclusive of VAT) levied per application in addition to the visa fees.

The fees are non-refundable.

The applicants who submit their applications at the Visa Application Centre should pay the visa fee at the payment counter in cash or with credit/debit card (when available) right after submitting the documents.

Applicants exempted from visa fee:

  • Family member of FINNISH CITIZEN who reside in Finland
  • Family members of EU/EEA-citizen (free movement)
  • School pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training - To be evaluated case by case
  • Researchers travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research - To be evaluated case by case
  • Diplomatic and service passport holders

Applicants exempted from visa fee need to pay only service fee.

Documents Required

Please note that the visa category chosen by an applicant must be based on the purpose of travel to Finland and the decision must be made by the applicant him/herself – Finland Visa Application Centre staff will not be able to assist you in making this decision. An application filled incorrectly and carelessly can cause refusal of a visa application. The applicant may need to submit additional details or applicant can be asked to come for an interview at the Embassy.

Checklist Visa for private (family) visit / tourism
Checklist Visa for official / business visit
Checklist Visa for Sports / cultural/ medical / other reason

Photo Specification

To see the visa application photo specifications, please click here

Travel Medical Insurance

Each applicant (including children) must have a travel medical insurance.

Basic requirements for an insurance policy:

Insurance should cover the entire intended duration of stay in the Schengen area.

Insurance validity area should cover the whole Schengen area or to be worldwide. No area restrictions are allowed (for example “Finland, Schengen”).
The insurance coverage limit should be not less than 30.000 euros or equivalent amount.

The insurance policy should insure your costs in case of sudden illness or accident and assistance on site, including the costs of medical repatriation to the place of permanent residence of the insured person or the repatriation in case of death.

Original or copy insurance policy needs to be presented during submission; applicant can provide a copy to the application (the Mission does not return documents after application has been processed).

Travel medical insurances can be bought from any European insurance company and from companies from the Common list of recognized Travel Medical Insurance Companies in Kosovo.

Processing Time

The processing of the application takes at least two weeks, but can take longer time, if the application is not complete. Please note that all applications are processed individually. The Embassy may request further documentation, information or you may be called for an interview which can prolong the processing time.

Please note that as per the Article 23 of REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing a Community code on Visas (Visa Code) the period of consideration of your visa application by respective Consular authority may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

An application filled incorrectly and carelessly can cause delay or denial of a visa. Submitting all the required documents when submitting the visa application will speed the processing time. The applicant may need to supply additional details, e.g. a more detailed plan of trip. The visa matter will be decided without the requested documents and the decision may be to applicant’s disadvantage, if missing documents are not submitted to the Finnish Embassy by the date agreed (Visa code 810/2009 article 23)

Embassy of Finland in Pristina will return processed passports to Finland Visa Application Centre. The applicants may subscribe for a Courier Service at the time of application submission or collect the documents from Finland Visa Application Centre in Pristina when they are ready.

Please Click here to get information about your Schengen visa.