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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Embassy of Finland, Cairo: Visas

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Cairo

3 Abu El-Feda Street,13th floor
11211 Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel. +20 2 2736 3722, Fax. +20 2 2737 1376
E-mail sanomat.kai@formin.fi
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Visa

Applying for a visa

It is essential to allow yourself sufficient time when applying for a visa. You should apply in person at the Visa Application Center (VFS Global).

Visa application Center

Finland Visa Application Centers maintained by VFS Global has opened in Cairo and Alexandria. The new Visa Application Centers will make it easier to apply for a visa.

An appointment at the Visa Application Center can be booked beforehand, the application can be completed electronically, and the applicant can request that the passport is delivered by courier to the desired address in Egypt.

Even after the Visa Application Centers have opened, the Embassy processes the applications and makes all the visa decisions.

To submit a visa application, the applicant may book an appointment on the website (visa.finland.eu) or by calling to Call center (+2 02 333 23 013). Call center operates both in English and in Arabic.

The applicant must always submit the application in person and must give his or her biometrics.

Applications may be submitted from Sunday to Thursday between 8.30 and 12.30.

Visa Application Centers are located at:

  • 44, Office #G, 2nd Floor, Giza Residence Tower, Giza St., Giza, Egypt
  •  696, Hurrya st, office 101 1st Floor Louran, Alexandria

All inquires regarding the visas, please contact  VFS Global +20 2333 23 013 or info.finlandegypt@vfshelpline.com.

Passport

Original and copy of current and previous passport covering the past 7 years. Copy of the biometric data page. Copy of all non empty pages has to be provided.

Important: Current passport must have been issued within the last ten years and contain at least two blank pages. The passport should be valid for at least 3 months after return from the planned trip.

Photo

One biometric photo (with white background) not older than six months. Please note that the photo should not be attached to the application form as it has to be scanned separately.

Please refer to the ICAO recommendations to ensure that the photograph meets required standards:

Collection of fingerprints

Ten fingerprints will be collected from visa applicants above the age of 12. Finger scans can be re-used for further visa applications 59 months.

Insurance requirement

Travel medical insurance covering the entire period of intended stay, valid for all Schengen States and covering any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgency medical attention, emergency hospital treatment or death during (my) stay. The minimum coverage must be 30.000 EUR.

Annex: pdfTravel Medical Insurance Companies

Visa application form

One completed and signed visa application form.

Visa fees

Visa fee will be paid at the appointment at Visa Application Center in cash.

All fees and applicable services charges are non-refundable even if the permit is not granted .

Only the following categories of applicants are exempted of visa fees:

  • Spouses of Finnish nationals and European Union nationals (Proof of Finnish/European union’s nationality and relationship with applicant needs to be provided).
  • Under aged & dependent children of Finnish and European Union’s nationals (Proof of Finnish/ European Union nationality and relationship with applicant needs to be provided).
  • Children under 6
  • Holder of diplomatic passport travelling on official mission

 The payment is an administration fee and does not automatically entitle to a visa.

Supporting documents

The list of supporting documents to be submitted by visa applicants in Egypt is set out in the Annex. The list contains compulsory information to be presented by all visa applicants and a list of supporting documents to be presented by visa applicant according to the purpose of its travel.

Annex: pdfList of attachments (pdf 10kt)

Language requirement

All requested documents have to be translated into the language of the country to be visited or English.As of 11.10.2011 The European Union will be implementing the new Visa Information System regulations (VIS)

What is the VIS?

The VIS is a system for the exchange of visa data among Schengen Member States. These States share a common area of free movement without internal border controls. They have a common visa policy which includes exchanging information on visa applicants.

The specific objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa procedures, to enhance the security of the visa application process and to facilitate visa checks at the external borders of the Schengen Area.

Advantages of the VIS

  • FACILITATING VISA PROCEDURES

The VIS allows Schengen Member States to determine a visa applicant's reliability more easily. The VIS helps Schengen Member States to verify whether an applicant has used previous visas lawfully. These checks facilitate the visa issuance process, particularly for frequent travellers.

  • PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY

Thanks to the use of biometric data, a visa holder can easily be identified as the person who applied for the visa. Biometric technology facilitates the detection of travellers using another person's travel documents and protects travellers from identity theft.

  • STREAMLINING OF BORDER CHECKS

When arriving at an external border of the Schengen Area, the visa holder's biometric data is checked to confirm his/her identity. This leads to more accurate processing and greater security.

The VIS in practice

The visa applicant's biometric data (10-digit finger scans and digital photograph) is collected. It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the visa application form, is recorded in a secure central database.

10-digit finger scans are neither required from children under the age of 12 nor from people who cannot physically provide finger scans. Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to give new finger scans every time they apply for a new visa. Once finger scans are stored in the VIS, they can be re-used for further visa applications until 59 months. The visa holder's finger scans may be compared against those in the database at the Schengen Area's external borders. A mismatch does not mean that entry will be automatically refused - it will just lead to further checks on the traveller’s identity

Data protection

Access to VIS data is limited to authorised staff working for visa, border, immigration and asylum authorities for the performance of their tasks. Data is kept in the VIS for 5 years. Any person has the right to be informed about his/her data in the VIS. Any person may request that inaccurate data about him- or herself be corrected, and that unlawfully recorded data be deleted.

Further information can be found on the European Commission website

Applying for a Schengen Visa and application form

pdf.gifInvitation for the applicant (PDF, 4kB)

pdfVisa information in Arabic

Please note:

The flight tickets should not be purchased before the visa has been granted. In case the attachments are incomplete, further information will be requested. The processing of the application takes two weeks, but can take longer time, if the application is not complete. The Embassy contacts the applicant right away when the application has been handled, therefore it is important to give the right telephone or mobile number in the application.

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Updated 8/10/2017


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