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Will I need an ETIAS to visit Finland?

Finland is a member of both the E.U. and of the Schengen zone which is where the ETIAS scheme is starting.
Travelers to Finland, from 2021 onwards, will, therefore, need to apply for an ETIAS before they start their journey.
Along with all other members of the ETIAS (European Travel and Information Authorization System), Finland will no longer accept travelers from countries who are presently allowed visa-free movement within Europe.

Applications for an ETIAS for travel to Finland is obtained through a simple online process. Having filled in an online application form giving personal information, then making a payment, applicants can have the ETIAS automatically attached to their passport. In the event that there is further information required before an application is processed, the ETIAS system is designed to work quickly and efficiently, and applicants will be notified within days. Most travelers, however, will receive their ETIAS electronically within minutes.

Finland, like other countries in Europe, is keen to tighten entry procedures which are viewed by many as being presently open to abuse. With the rising number of terrorist attacks in Europe and the frequent dangers of communicable disease outbreaks, the ETIAS system is designed to improve security on a Europe wide scale.

About Finland

Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe sharing a maritime border with Estonia. It borders the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland, and shares land borders with Norway, Sweden, and Russia.
Finland is not on the Scandinavian peninsula and is therefore not classed as Scandinavian; it is more correctly known as a Nordic country.

Covering an area of 338,145 sq. km, and with a population of 5.5 million people, Finland is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe.
Finnish and Swedish are the national languages with Sámi, Romani and Finnish sign language also recognized in the Finnish constitution.
The major religion is Christianity, and the currency is the euro.

The landscape of Finland is made up of large tracts of forest, bogs, and fens with up to 188,000 lakes. There are many small towns and cities, with Helsinki being the capital city.

Finland extends into the Arctic, the mythical mountain of Korvatunturi where Santa Claus is said to live is in this region, and both the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights can be viewed here.
Halti Mountain, reaching a peak of 1,324 meters is Finland’s Highest Point.

Finland has ranked number one on the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index (NRI), this index ranks a country’s development level in information and communication technologies. All of Finland’s public libraries and schools have computers, and Internet access and most residents have a mobile phone.

Finland at a glance

Capital: Helsinki

Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours

Languages: Finnish 94.2%, Swedish 5.5%, Other 0.3%

Area: 337,030 KM2

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Population: 5,244,000

Calling Code: +358

Travel in Finland

Ranked number one on the 2018 World Happiness Report, Finland is ranked as the happiest country in the world out of 155 countries surveyed.
Having previously been ranked as one of the countries with the highest quality of life and also as one of the most peaceful countries in the world, Finland is a popular choice for visitors.

With thousands of lakes, thousands of islands and densely forested, Finland is an outdoor enthusiast’s ideal destination. It is the ideal place to go on bear watching expeditions, wonder at the glow of the Northern Lights, enjoy ice fishing, sample skidoo racing and explore the Arctic Circle’s ecosystem.

For families, a Christmas trip to visit Santa Claus is, for many, a trip of a lifetime. Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi is a huge theme park that sits on the exact line of the Arctic Circle at 66oN. The park has been in operation since 1985 and offers a high gloss take on the Father Christmas legend. More low key alternatives are offered in various other parts of Finland.

Commercial cruises play an important role in the local tourist industry. Travel between Helsinki and Turku, Tallinn, Stockholm, and Travemünde are convenient yet interesting ways to travel further afield.

The US and Finland

Trade between Finland and the U.S.A. total almost $5 billion annually. 7% of Finnish exports go to America, and 7% of Finnish imports come from America.
Relations between the two countries are warm with the U.S. having a large educational exchange programme in Finland.

The U.S and Finland both belong to the following organizations

  • The United Nations
  • The Arctic Council
  • Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization

Finland is also an observer to the Organization of American States

Finland is a growing destination for American travelers. For fans of winter sports, Finland offers predictable weather and exciting opportunities in sports such as skiing, ice hockey, and snowboarding.

Hunting is also popular in Finland with elk and hare being the common game.
The capital city of Helsinki is one of the leading passenger ports with over 360,000 passengers passing through annually.

Finland is just across the water from Estonia, and there are many cruise ship crossings to take advantage of the culture, museums and beautiful architecture.

Travelers can be assured that thanks to the introduction of the ETIAS scheme, European travel controls will soon become a leading force in the fight against terrorism.

List of US diplomatic offices in Finland

The Embassy of USA in Helsinki, Finland

Address: Itäinen Puistotie 14 B 00140 Helsinki Finland
Phone: +358-9-616-250
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Robert Frank Pence – Ambassador

The Embassy of Finland in Washington, USA

Address: 3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW WASHINGTON, D.C., 20008
Phone: +1 202 298 6030
Fax: 202 298 5800
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Kirsti Kauppi – Ambassador

Consulate of Finland in New York, USA

Address: 605 Third Avenue, 35 Floor NEW YORK, NY 10158
Phone: +1 212 750 4400
Fax: +1 212 750 4418
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Finland in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 11900 West Olympic Blvd, Suite 580 Los Angeles
Phone: +1 310 203 9903
Fax: +1 310 481 8981
Email: [email protected]

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