Schengen Visas


All citizens of Turkey, Syria and Iraq 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, you have to submit your application to the mission of the Schengen country representing your first port of entry.

See more info about Schengen visas at the website of Finnish Embassy in Ankara.

The Visa Application Centre accepts applications for short stay Schengen visas only (not exceeding 90 days during 180 days period). Applicants need to visit the Visa Application Centre in person. All applicants applying for a Schengen visa must submit biometric data - ten fingerprints and a photo. The biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is an IT system that allows data exchange between the Schengen States. More information can be found here.

Please pay attention that the passport must be issued within the last 10 years.

Who can submit visa application in Visa Application Centre

The Visa Application Centre in Ankara and in Istanbul accepts Schengen visa applications from applicants legally residing in the territory served by the Embassy of Finland in Ankara: Turkey, Syria, Iraq.

Processing terms

Visa application can be submitted three months before the trip, we recommend you to apply at least one month before the planned trip. 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.

The Visa Application Centre takes visa applications with an appointment. Information how to book the appointment can be found here .

Please read this information in Arabic Here

Visa Fees

Schengen visa  260 TL
Children, 0 to 12 years old 0
Schengen visa for nationals of countries with visa facilitation agreement (e.g. Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Moldova)  150 TL

Below applicant's are exempted from visa fee:

  • Family members of EU/EEA–citizens,
  • School pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training - TO BE EVALUATED CASE PER CASE
  • Researchers travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research - TO BE EVALUATED CASE PER CASE

Service charge:

VFS Visa Service  107 TL

*Please note that the service fee is inclusive of VAT

The visa application centre offers below optional services at a nominal additional cost:

Photocopy service (Inclusive of 18% VAT) 1 TL
Photograph service (Inclusive of 18% VAT) 25 TL
Courier service (Inclusive of 18% VAT) 30 TL
VIP Premium Lounge Service 200 TL
Assisted Form Filling Service (Inclusive of 18% V.A.T) 25 TL

Click for the price list of additional services

Please Note:

  • The applicable visa fee in Liras is as per current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice.
  • The applicants who submit their applications at the Visa Application Centre should pay the visa fee at the centre in cash or with debit or credit card.
  • Applicants exempted from visa fee need to pay only service fee.
  • The fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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. 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 can be printed and attached to visa application.


Applicants visiting family members or friends legally residing in Finland.



Applicants travelling to Finland for leisure, recreation or sightseeing.



Applicants travelling to Finland for official and business purposes (meetings, conferences, trainings, trade fairs etc.).

If you are going to work in Finland you need to obtain a work permit. In that case visit the website of the Finnish Immigration services .



If the applicant is a family member of EU/EEA citizen and can prove that with a legal document.



Applicants travelling to Finland to study or for cultural or sport purposes.

Please not that if your studies last more than 3 months, you need a residence permit. More information can be found at the Embassy's website and at the Finnish Immigration Service's website .


Photo Specifications

Every applicant needs to provide one photograph. Photograph should be:

  • In colour.
  • Taken within the last six months.
  • Taken against a light one-coloured background.
  • In sharp focus and of good quality.
  • 47 mm high x 36 mm wide in size
  • Height of the head should be 25–35mm.
  • Manipulated photo is not accepted.
  • Printed on photo paper.

See more information about the passport photo guidelines by the Finnish Police .

Travel Medical Insurance

Each applicant (including children) must have a travel medical insurance. Exceptions are family members of EU/EEA citizens, as well as holders of diplomatic and official passports on mission.

Basic requirements for an insurance policy:

  • Insurance should cover the entire validity period of the visa and all of the planned days of stay.
  • Insurance validity area should cover the whole Schengen area or to be worldwide. No areal restrictions are allowed (for example “Finland, Schengen”).
  • The insurance coverage limit should be not less than 30.000 euros or equivalent amount in other currency (for example 50.000 dollars)
  • Policies 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 insurance policy needs to be presented during submission; applicant can provide a copy to the application (Embassy does not return documents after application has been processed).

Travel medical insurances can be bought from any insurance company.

An applicant for multiple-entry visa may provide an insurance policy which covers the first trip. The applicant undertakes to purchase an insurance policy for further trips by signing the visa application.

Processing Time

The estimated processing time for a visa application depends on the purpose of the travel: Processing time is up to 15 calendar days:

  • Visiting family and friends
  • Tourist visit
  • Study, cultural and sport
  • Transit

Processing time is up to 5 working days:

  • Business trip
  • Family members of Finnish and EU/EEA citizens

In individual cases and during high season the Embassy can extend the processing time to 30 days if needed.


The Embassy's handling time for appeals varies between one to three months. For further information on handling time for appeals please check UDI's websites: