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

Assisting those in distress abroad. No visa enquiries. Calls will be recorded.

Visa enquiries:, +358 295 16001 (during office hours)


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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 Finnish documents

  • Customer service:
    You can bring your documents to be legalised at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' customer service in Helsinki, or you can send them to be legalised by post.
  • Visiting address

    Merikasarminkatu 5 D1, Helsinki

    Mon–Wed 9–12 am

    Thu–Fri closed
  • E-mail
  • Tel. +358 295 16001
  • Postal address:
    Ministry for Foreign Affairs
    KPA-40/ Legalizations
    P.O. Box 176
    00023 GOVERNMENT
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Diplomatic and service passports, visas for official travel

  • Customer service by appointment only 

  • Visiting address Merikasarminkatu 5 F, Helsinki

  • E-mail

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 Permanent State Secretary, 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 Sanna Marin 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. 

                    Ministry for Foreign Affairs


                    Laivastokatu 22

                    00160 Helsinki

                    Postal address

                    Ministry for Foreign Affairs

                    PO Box 176

                    00023 Finnish Government

                    Instructions for visitors at Merikasarmi


                    When you arrive in Merikasarmi, please make your way to the reception lobby for registration either in building G on Laivastokuja 3 G4 or in building F on Merikasarminkatu 5 F1. By showing your ID, you will be issued a visitor’s badge at the reception desk. The reception lobbies are open on weekdays from 7.45 to 16.45.


                    If you arrive by car, you can park your vehicle in parking area P1 on Laivastokuja 3. Make sure to collect a parking permit for your car for the day from the reception desk in building G.

                    Moving in Merikasarmi premises

                    Remember to wear the visitor’s badge in a visible place. When you need to go to the Conference Rooms on your own, follow the routes indicated on the map.

                    The shortest accessible way to Conference Centre A is through the A2 entrance if you are accompanied by your host.