A passport is a travel document granted to Finnish citizens. A passport is mainly granted for 5 years and it must be valid to be approved as a travel document. It must be intact and undamaged for the holder to be allowed to pass the border check. The holder’s personal information (first name and last name) must be up-to-date. Children are not included on their guardians’ passport. Passport applications must always be submitted in person.
If you are staying outside Finland, you can apply for a passport at a Finnish mission. However, honorary consulates, honorary consulates general or special missions do not process passport applications. Passport applications must be submitted in person independent of the applicant’s age. You can submit your application at any mission of Finland abroad regardless of where you live. Applications initiated in the electronic permit service of the Police cannot be processed or complemented at a mission abroad and passports that have been applied electronically cannot be sent abroad.
Your personal details must correspond to the data in the Finnish population information system. Make sure that your personal details in the system are up to date. You can check your details from the Check Your Registered Data service on the website of the Population Register Centre. The missions of Finland abroad can help you in updating your data.
Always contact the authorities of the country of destination for their rules applying to the validity of a passport and for other entry regulations.
More information about passport application: Police
If you cannot present official documents to prove your identity, investigative measures will be used to clarify the matter.
More information: How to apply for a passport abroad
The processing of a passport normally takes approximately 1 to 3 weeks. The delivery time varies from a few days (Europe) to 7 to 10 days (Asia, Africa and South and Central America).
Fast-track passports involve an extra fee and they are processed in 1 to 3 days. The delivery process is the same as for an ordinary passport.
The applicant or a person authorised by him or her to collect the passport can collect the passport from the mission where the application was made. When submitting the application, you can ask for the passport to be delivered to some other mission.
Passports applied online are not posted abroad.
If your passport is lost, stolen or damaged while abroad, you can get a temporary passport to be able to return home or to continue your journey. A temporary passport can be granted for a maximum of one year. A temporary passport is issued at a Finnish mission. When applying for a temporary passport, you must show that you have reported your passport stolen or lost to the local Police.
If Finland does not have a mission in the country where you are travelling, you can ask assistance at a mission of another EU country to get an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) for your journey back home or to be able to travel to the nearest country where Finland has a mission.
Check the passport application fee and method of payment from the service charges list of the Finnish mission. If the passport cannot be granted or if it is not collected, the application processing fee remains non-refundable.
28 European countries accept identity cards as a travel document and these can be granted to Finnish citizens in the missions of Finland which serve as passport delivery points.
The missions issue standard identity cards only.
A standard identity card can be granted also to minors subject to parental consent. However, applications for a minor’s identity card issued without the guardians’ consent, identity cards for foreigners, or temporary identity cards cannot made at the missions.
Applications initiated in the electronic permit service of the Police cannot be processed or complemented at a mission abroad and identity cards that have been applied electronically cannot be sent abroad.
An identity card is applied in person at the Finnish mission in the same way as a passport. Identity cards do not contain fingerprints.
More information about identity card application: Police
The fee for an identity card issued by a mission abroad is EUR 90. Check the methods of payment from the service charges list of the Finnish mission. Please note that if the identity card cannot be granted or if it is not collected, the application processing fee remains non-refundable.
(Updated 8 May 2017)
An alien’s passport may be granted to a foreigner who has received a residence permit based on a need of protection.
A refugee’s travel document may be issued to a foreigner granted refugee status which has not been subsequently withdrawn or cancelled.
Information for aliens and refugees:
Travel documents (www.migri.fi)