Visa requirement and travel documents accepted by Finland
The Schengen member states have jointly agreed about the rules concerning the movement of third-country nationals in their territories and decided which countries' citizens are required to present a visa. Furthermore, each Schengen State has decided which travel documents citizens of different third countries have to present upon entering the country.
The European Commission is maintaining the table of travel documents accepted by the Schengen member states, and entitling the holder to cross the external borders and which may be endorsed with a visa: Travel documents issued by third countries and territorial entities (Part I)(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window) (European Commission).
Visa requirements and travel documents accepted by Finland are listed below.
Russian Federation: travel documents to Finland
(valid until further notice)
- Visa required to Schengen area and Finland
Travel documents accepted by Finnish authorities
- Ordinary passport (*, **, ***)
- Diplomatic passport
- Service passport / Official duty passport
- Travel Document for refugees (1951 Geneva convention)
- Seaman's book (on duty)
(*) In accordance with Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2023/1061 of 31 May 2023, travel documents of the Russian Federation are not accepted if issued in or to residents of: the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol after 18 March 2014; the Donetsk region after 24 April 2019; the Luhansk region after 24 April 2019; the Kherson region after 25 May 2022; the Zaporizhzhia region after 25 May 2022; the Kharkiv region after 1 August 2022; Abkhazia after 26 August 2008; South Ossetia after 26 August 2008.
(**) Passports issued by Federal Migration Service offices to residents of Crimea or Sevastopol after 18 March 2014, when Russia has illegally annexed them, (indication: 5-digit FMS office identification number starts with the codes 90, 91 or 92) are not recognised unless the holder was a Russian citizen before the annexation. Russian passports issued by Russian missions in the break-away Regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, belonging to Georgia according the international law, are also not recognised.
(***) Not recognised if issued after 24 April 2019 to residents of the non-Government controlled areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, provided that its holder was not a Russian citizen before that date.
Visa facilitation agreements
Visa facilitation agreement (Official Journal of the European Union L 54/ 25.2.2022; partial suspension of the application of the agreement)
Council Decision (EU) 2022/333 of 25 February 2022(Link to another website.) on the partial suspension of the application of the Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of the European Union and the Russian Federation
Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of the European Union and the Russian Federation(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window) (Official Journal of the European Union, 17 May 2007, Nr. L 129/27)
An agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation has been in force from 1 June 2007.