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


Katja Luopajärvi
  • +358 295 350 687
Anna Esko
Team Leader
coordination of entry issues, the EU's justice and home affairs
  • +358 295 350 723
Mirka Kess
Administrative Officer
Cecilia Kronberg
Administrative Officer
Viivi Puukko
Administrative Officer

Entry permits

Elena Bamichas
Administrative Officer, Consular Services
Juha Haakana
Administrative Officer
consular services
Emmi Tiala
Administrative Officer
consular services
Marita Auvinen
Desk Officer
residence permit matters
Merja Mustikka
entry permit and travel document training
Jonna Saari
Desk Officer

EU affairs and legal matters

Jari Määttänen
Desk Officer
Sara Fahmy
Legal Officer
Heidi Nihtilä
Legal Officer
Taina Karpenko
Desk Officer
Ville Valo
Desk Officer
Maria Järvinen
Desk Officer

Roving Consuls’ Team

Sari Aho
Desk Officer
Eliisa Kojo
Desk Officer
Riitta Mensonen
Desk Officer
Juho Paranko
Assistant Desk Officer
Jaana Honkakunnas
Desk Officer
Marjaana Martiskainen
Desk Officer
Iida Niemi
Roving consul team coordination and planning Labour migration matters
Sanna Väyrynen
Roving Consul, consular service
Roving Consul (Labour Migration), residence permits
Sami Rantamäki
Roving Consul (Labour Migration), residence permits

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