Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications in United Arab Emirates. Finland Visa Application Centres maintained by VFS Global will be opened in Dubai and in Abu Dhabi in November 2017. The new Visa Application Centres will make it easier to apply for a Schengen visa.
An appointment at the Visa Application Centres can be booked beforehand and the application can be completed electronically. The applicant must always submit the application in person and must give his or her biometrics.
Even after the Visa Application Centres have opened, the Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi processes the applications and makes all the visa decisions. The Embassy will continue handling all residence permit and passport applications.
It is not possible to schedule new visa appointments at the Embassy after 9th of November 2017. The appointments already scheduled for the 8th of Nomember or before that will remain as agreed.
A website for visa applicants will be launched 10.11.2017.