Contact information

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Postal address:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
P.O.Box 176, FI-00023 Government, Finland

Switchboard: +358 295 16001
Fax: +358 9 629 840 or 1605 5799


24/7 service

+358 9 1605 5555

No visa enquiries. Calls will be recorded. E-mail:

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Media enquiries service

Outside office hours +358 40 551 6571

During office hours: please contact Unit for Communications on Current Affairs

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Customer service

Schengen visas to Finland

How to apply for a visa to Finland 

Advice on residence permits and visas during office hours: telephone +358 295 16001 or by e-mail

Finnish citizens - visas and residence permits abroad:  Check the details from representation of foreign states in Finland or in the nearest country to Finland (Opens New Window)

Legalisation of documents


  • The legalisation of Finnish documents is possible only by post until further notice. Send the documents and your contact details to: Ministry for Foreign Affairs, KPA-40/Legalisations, PO Box 176, 00023 Government
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  • Postal address:
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs
    KPA-40/ Legalizations
    P.O. Box 176
    00023 GOVERNMENT


Diplomatic and service passports, visas for official travel

  • Customer service by appointment only 

  • Visiting address Merikasarminkatu 5 F, Helsinki

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The organisation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs who is in charge of the government department. The Ministry's highest civil servants are the Secretary of State, who acts as the head of the Office of the Minister, and four Under-Secretaries of State.

Three of the members of the Government of Prime Minister Antti Rinne are responsible for matters that fall under the administration of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The Ministers

Pekka Haavisto
Minister for Foreign Affairs
        Ville Skinnari
        Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade
              Thomas Blomqvist
              Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality

                    Registry office

                    Registration of incoming documents.

                    Visiting address: Ritarikatu 2 b, open on working days 8.00–16.15
                    Telephone:  +358 295 351 861 Notice: No visa enquiries, no legalisation of documents.

                    Documents addressed to Ministry for Foreign Affairs can be delivered to the Government's mail distribution centre, address: Ritarikatu 2 b, open on working days 8.00–16.15. 

                    Visiting addresses

                    • Department for Africa and the Middle East and Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Kanavakatu 3 B
                    • Department for the Americas and Asia and Department for Development Policy: Kirkkokatu 12
                    •  Legal Service and Protocol Services: Laivastokatu 22
                    • Department for External Economic Relations, Department for Europe, Political Department and Consular Services: Eteläesplanadi 4
                    • Administrative Services: Eteläesplanadi 4, Kanavakatu 3 B, Merikasarminkatu 5
                    • Department for Communication: Kanavakatu 3 C