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Visa instructions for applicants - Embassy of Finland, Abuja : Services : Visa


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Visa instructions for applicants

Representation of Finland in West Africa

The Embassy has outsourced all visa applications to VFS Global on 5.3.2019. The VFS Global Office in Abuja is for all applicants who are legally residing inCameroon,  Central Africa,  Chad,  Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) ,  Gabon,  Gambia,  Guinea,  Equatorial Guinea,  Ivory Coast,  Liberia,  Mali,  Mauritania,  Niger,  Nigeria,  Sierra Leone or Togo and wish to apply short-term Schengen visa (maximum 90 days out of 180 days) to Schengen countries.

Customers have to reserve a visa appointment either on the VFS website at, by email or by phone.

Appointments can be submitted either at the VFS application center or directly at the Embassy, but appointments for both must be reserved through VFS.

The VFS online reservation system allows applicants to reserve an appointment no more than six weeks from the date of booking. If there are no free slots during any given six-week period, the VFS system will notify the customer that there are no free appointments available. In this case, please wait until the next batch of free appointment slots is opened up for reservations.


VFS phone number:+234 8150188800 Mon-Fri 08:00-15:00

Visa application only by appointment.

The processing time of visa applications is 15-30 days.

The Embassy does not process applications sent via email or regular mail.

If you are a citizen of, or if you legally and permanently stay in one of the following countries, you are a customer of the Embassy of Finland in Abuja, Nigeria:

Cameroon,  Central Africa,  Chad,  Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) ,  Gabon,  Gambia,  Guinea,  Equatorial Guinea,  Ivory Coast,  Liberia,  Mali,  Mauritania,  Niger,  Nigeria,  Sierra Leone and Togo. 

If you are a citizen of, or if you legally and permanently stay in one of the following countries you may apply for a visa to Finland in the following Embassies, which represent Finland in visa matters:

Benin :

Burkina Faso:

  • Embassy of Belgium



  • Embassy of Portugal


  • Embassy of France

Instructions for applicants applying for visas to Finland in Nigeria

The visa applicants living in Nigeria should note, that the visas cannot be applied from the Honorary Consulate of Finland in Lagos. All applicants need to apply from VFS Global in Abuja.

You can apply for a visa, if the planned length of your stay in Finland is maximum  three months. If you plan to stay more than three months, you need to apply for a residence permit from Finnish Immigration through the Embassy of Finland Abuja. A Schengen visa can be granted for maximum of 90 days.

All visa applicants have to schedule an appointment well in advance. The visa can be applied earliest three months before the planned travel date and the visa application is valid for three months from the application date. All applicants will be interviewed and their fingerprints collected.

The visa application processing fee will be paid at VFS Global application center unless otherwise instructed by VFS.

All the required original documents and one set of clear photocopies of all your documents attached to your visa application form, including bio-data page of passport, have to be provided to VFS. No advance emails (invitation letters, etc.)  can be sent concerning any visa application's attachments.

The processing time for a visa is a minimum of 14 days. During holiday seasons the time of processing depends on the number of applications received and it is wise to book the interview appointment as early as possible bearing in mind that visa can be applied earliest 3 months before the planned travel.

Required documents

The list of documents to be provided when the application is submitted differs between the different purposes of visit. The requirements can be found below in pdf format. All applicants should be prepared to provide more information and additional documents, when required by the Visa Section.

After the visa has been granted, the paid flight ticket must be presented.

The Schengen visa application form can be found on the website of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

pdfSchengen visa application form.

pdfRequired documents - Tourism

pdfRequired documents - Visiting family or friends

pdfRequired documents - Business

pdfRequired documents - Conference

pdfRequired documents - Research or training

pdfRequired documents - Official purposes

Health and travel insurance

Visa applicants are required to present the original health and travel insurance certificate when submitting the application. The insurance has to be valid in all Schengen countries for the whole duration of stay inside the Schengen area, and has to cover expenses caused by illness, accident, medical care and possible repatriation up to the amount of 30.000 Euro.

Please refer to Insurance companies accepted by Schengen countries

Visa payment

The visa fee is non-refundable. Visa is free of charge for registered spouses of EU citizens, and for the children of EU citizens and for any children under 6 years of age. Also diplomatic and official passport holders need not pay the visa fee, when an official supporting verbal note is attached to the visa application concerned.

Please note that the Embassy does NOT grant visas for attending school entrance exams, job interviews or trial periods in connection with potential job contracts in Finland.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find answers to some frequently asked questions about Schengen Visas.

pdfFrequently Asked Questions about Schengen Visas

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Updated 3/29/2019

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