Visa Unit

Visa Unit

Advice on residence permits and visas primarily by e-mail Phone calls Mon-Wed 10:00-11:00 thru government's switchboard +358 295 16001.

The Unit for Visas is responsible for:

  • contribution to the preparation of visa policy
  • the tasks of the national central authority in Schengen visa matters
  • the development of the EU and Schengen visa systems
  • guidance, coordination and supervision of entry services provided by the Finnish embassies and consulates abroad, as well as issuing statements on visa applications
  • providing training in matters within its scope of responsibilities for the Foreign Service and other relevant authorities
  • legal  matters, appeals and legislative quiestions related to the Unit's responsibilities, including offering expert help and afvice thereon

More information:

Questions concerning Finnish visas for Finland, addressed to the Unit for Visas, should preferably be submitted by using the following e-mail address:




  • +358 295 160 01


Virpi Kankare
Juha Haakana
Administrative Officer
consular services
Annemari Kettunen
Pekka Mattila
Iida Niemi
Sami Rantamäki
Roving Consul (Labour Migration)
Antti Tynkkynen
Sanna Väyrynen
Roving Consul (Labour Migration), residence permits

EU affairs and legal matters

Katja Luopajärvi
Desk Officer
coordination of entry issues, the EU's justice and home affairs
  • +358 295 350 687
Tarja von Lüders
Desk Officer
Sara Fahmy
Legal Officer
Heidi Nihtilä
Legal Officer
Taina Karpenko
Desk Officer
Ville Valo
Desk Officer

Entry permits

Merja Mustikka
entry permit and travel document training
Marja-Riitta Jaakola
Administrative Officer, Consular Services
Johanna Virtapuro
Administrative Officer
consular services
Marjaana Martiskainen
Desk Officer
Sari Aho
Desk Officer
Päivi Harju-Heikkilä
Desk Officer
Jaana Honkakunnas
Desk Officer
Maria Järvinen
Desk Officer
Eliisa Kojo
Desk Officer
Riitta Mensonen
Desk Officer
Juho Paranko
Assistant Desk Officer
Jonna Saari
Desk Officer

E-mail addresses are in the form: Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.