Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications in Vietnam in May 2017. Finland Visa Application Centre maintained by VFS Global will be opened in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh in May. 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 Embassy processes the applications and makes all the visa decisions. The Embassy also handles all Residence Permit and passport applications.
The Embassy will accept applications by appointment only. These appointments are also booked by the Visa Application Centre.
A new website for visa applicants will be launched before Visa Application Centre operations start. More information will be provided on a later date.