Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications in Hong Kong. Finland Visa Application Centre maintained by VFS Global will be opened up in Hong Kong in April 2018. The new Visa Application Centre will make it easier to apply for a Schengen visa.
An appointment at the Visa Application Centre can be booked beforehand and the application can be completed electronically. The applicant must always submit the application in person and must give his or her biometrics.
Even after the Visa Application Centre has opened, the Consulate General of Finland in Hong Kong will process the applications and make all the visa decisions. The Finnish residence permit and passport applications can be submitted only at the Consulate General of Finland in future. Finland represents Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in Hong Kong in visa matters.
It is not possible to schedule new visa appointments at the consulate after 10th April 2018. The appointments already scheduled for 6th April or earlier will remain as agreed.
A website of the Visa Application Centre for visa applicants will be launched on 3rd April 2018.