FIG 2017 will take place in Finland and international delegates should be particularly aware of and careful about visa requirements. Please plan your travel well in advance and allow plenty of time to apply for a visa. For more travel information and advice, please see the website here.
The Schengen states have jointly agreed which countries' citizens are required to present a visa. Each Schengen state decides which passports and travel documents it accepts from different countries' citizens.
Even if you did not need a visa to visit Finland, you need a valid passport or some other travel document accepted by Finland. It must be valid for at least ninety days after your intended date of departure from the Schengen area.
In addition, the passport or other travel document must have been issued no later than ten years ago.
In case you do not need a visa, you can stay in Finland or in the territory of other Schengen state for ninety days in any 180-day period.
Upon arrival in Finland, you must meet the general entry requirements according to which a person must not constitute a danger to public order and security, national health, or Finland’s international relations.
If your country of destination is Finland, apply for a visa from the nearest Finnish mission or the visa centre that the mission advises to you. Honorary consuls and consulates cannot grant visas.
It has been agreed with some countries that Finland may be represented by another Schengen state. In such cases, apply for a visa to Finland from the mission of that Schengen state. For contact information, please visit http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=49572&culture=fi-FI&contentlan=1
Submit your visa application at a mission or visa centre in person. An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax.
Visa application form
Visa support letter
The FIG 2017 Conference Secretariat cannot issue formal invitation letters or actual visas to attend the conference, but can issue a Visa Support Letter to assist with your visa application.
Please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must include:
Please note that Visa Support Letters will only be issued upon confirmation of registration and after full payment for registration fees has been received. Visa Support Letters are only issued via email in PDF format and will be sent within approximately one week after your information is received by the FIG Office.
The application can be submitted at the earliest three months before the intended visit. We recommended that you submit your visa application at a mission of Finland or a visa center no later than 60 days before travel. In case Finland is represented in the country by another Schengen state, the processing time is usually longer.
For more information, please visit http://www.formin.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=49459&contentlan=2&culture=en-US