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Embassy of Finland, Athens: Services: Passport

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Athens

Hatziyianni Mexi 5
115 28 Athens
Tel. +30-210-72 55 860
E-mail: sanomat.ate@formin.fi
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Passport and identity card

Passport

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A passport is a travel document granted to Finnish citizens. A passport is mainly granted for 5 years and it must be valid to be approved as a travel document. It must be intact and undamaged for the holder to be allowed to pass the border check. The holder’s personal information (first name and last name) must be up-to-date. Children are not included on their guardians’ passport. Passport applications must always be submitted in person.

How to apply for a passport abroad

If you are staying outside Finland, you can apply for a passport at a Finnish mission.  However, honorary consulates, honorary consulates general or special missions do not process passport applications.  Passport applications must be submitted in person independent of the applicant’s age. You can submit your application at any mission of Finland abroad regardless of where you live. Applications initiated in the electronic permit service of the Police cannot be processed or complemented at a mission abroad and passports that have been applied electronically cannot be sent abroad.

Your personal details must correspond to the data in the Finnish population information system. Make sure that your personal details in the system are up to date. You can check your details from the Check Your Registered Data service on the website of the Population Register Centre. The missions of Finland abroad can help you in updating your data.

Always contact the authorities of the country of destination for their rules applying to the validity of a passport and for other entry regulations.

More information about passport application: Police

For your passport application you will need:

  • One passport photo, which  may be no more than six months old (Passport photograph instructions)
  • Your previous passport or identity card. In case you do not have an identity document approved by the authorities, an investigation into your identity will be conducted.
  • A copy of your notification to the local police of loss or theft of your valid passport
  • Minors need both guardians' consent. The guardians of a minor who are not present will send their consent in writing using the guardian’s consent form.
  • If you are a male person aged 17–30, your need to present a military passport, a certificate of non-military service, a certificate of police clearance given by a military authority or a call-up certificate.
  • Persons with a permanent residence abroad may be required to present a separate certificate of nationality, such as a local visa or a residence permit.

If you cannot present official documents to prove your identity, investigative measures will be used to clarify the matter.

More information: How to apply for a passport abroad

How long does it take to get the passport?

The processing of a passport normally takes approximately 1 to 3 weeks. In addition, the delivery time varies from a few days (Europe) to 7–10 days (Asia, Africa and South and Central America). Please note that festive days in Finland and in the country of destination affect the delivery time.

Getting a fast-track passport takes a little less time, that is, a minimum of 5 days.  The delivery process is the same as for an ordinary passport.

Collecting the passport

The applicant or a person authorised by him or her to collect the passport can collect the passport from the mission where the application was made. When submitting the application, you can ask for the passport to be delivered to some other mission.

Passports applied online are not posted abroad.

What happens if the passport is lost or stolen?

If your passport is lost, stolen or damaged while abroad, you can get a temporary passport to be able to return home or to continue your journey. A temporary passport can be granted for a maximum of one year. A temporary passport is issued at a Finnish mission. When applying for a temporary passport, you must show that you have reported your passport stolen or lost to the local Police.

If Finland does not have a mission in the country where you are travelling, you can ask assistance at a mission of another EU country to get an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) for your journey back home or to be able to travel to the nearest country where Finland has a mission.

How much does a passport cost and how is it paid for?

Check the passport application fee and method of payment from the service charges list of the Finnish mission. If the passport cannot be granted or if it is not collected, the application processing fee remains non-refundable.

Identity card

28 European countries accept identity cards as a travel document and these can be granted to Finnish citizens in the missions of Finland which serve as passport delivery points.

The missions issue standard identity cards only.

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Identity card (specimen/presentation copy)

A standard identity card can be granted also to minors subject to parental consent. However, applications for a minor’s identity card issued without the guardians’ consent, identity cards for foreigners, or temporary identity cards cannot made at the missions.

Applications initiated in the electronic permit service of the Police cannot be processed or complemented at a mission abroad and identity cards that have been applied electronically cannot be sent abroad.

Applying for an identity card

An identity card is applied in person at the Finnish mission in the same way as a passport. Identity cards do not contain fingerprints.

More information about identity card application: Police

How much does an identity card cost and how is it paid for?

The fee for an identity card issued by a mission abroad is EUR 90. Check the methods of payment from the service charges list of the Finnish mission. Please note that if the identity card cannot be granted or if it is not collected, the application processing fee remains non-refundable.

(Updated 8 May 2017)



Attention! In Athens the passport/identity card fee should be paid in advance to the Embassy’s bank account. Cash payment or cards are not accepted.

Bank account information: Embassy of Finland, Alpha Bank, IBAN GR33 0140 1940 1940 0232 0000 776.

The name of the applicant and the words “passport/identity card application” must be entered in the message field. Please, have the receipt with you when applying the passport/identity card.

Completed passport/identity card can also be forwarded to the applicant by registered post at a cost of 5 euros. Also the postage fee must be paid to the bank account in advance.

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Updated 1/2/2017


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