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Embassy of Finland, Dublin: Services for Finns: Passport

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Dublin

Tel. +353-1-478 1344
E-mail: sanomat.dub@formin.fi
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Passport

A Finnish passport is a travel document issued to a Finnish citizen. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay and your personal information (first name and surname) must be up-to-date. If, for example, your family name has changed because of marriage you must apply for a new passport. It is important that your passport is intact and undamaged because it also serves as proof of identity. Only one person can travel on one passport. Children cannot be included on their guardian's passports.

If abroad, Finnish citizens may submit their passport applications to any Finnish mission (Embassy, Consulate General or Consulate). You can not apply for a passport at any Finnish Honorary Consulate. In Ireland the only place where you can apply for a new passport is the Embassy of Finland in Dublin.

A Finnish citizen may submit a passport application to any Finnish mission abroad or at any of the service points located in specific police stations in Finland regardless of his/her place of residence.

Passport applications must always be submitted in person.

The passport application can only be submitted after all personal information (for example, births of children, marriage, divorce, change of address and change of name(s)) has been updated in the Finnish Population Information System. The population information act (661/2009, 1.3.2010) obliges Finns residing abroad to update their personal information by notifying the Population Information System of any changes. If you wish to check what information has been registered in the Population Information System, you must submit a written request. This must be addressed to the local register office (maistraatti).

A biometric passport is valid for 5 years. Minors (under 18 years old) are issued their own passport and they must also submit the application in person.

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Applying for a passport 

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How to apply for passport

  • Passport applications must be submitted in person at the Embassy of Finland in Dublin. To submit an application one must make an appointment. To make an appointment please call (01) 478 1344 or send email to sanomat.dub@formin.fi.

    Customer service hours

    • Customer service hours Mon-Fri 9.00 am. – 4.00 pm. Closed at lunch time 12.00 noon – 1.30 pm. Passport applications and other consular services as a rule by appointment. Telephone inquiries (01) 478 1344 or by e-mail sanomat.dub@formin.fi
    • Holidays when the embassy is closed: Irish Bank Holidays and of Finnish holidays; Good Friday, Midsummer's Eve and Christmas Eve.

  • Minors (under 18 years old) applying for a passport must appear in person and be accompanied by one or both guardians/parents. If born abroad, the birth of these Finnish citizens must first be registered in the Finnish Population Information System before any passport applications can be made.
  • Passport applications can only be accepted if all personal information in the Finnish Population Information System is up-to-date and correct, as the necessary information for the passport application will be retrieved from the Population Information System. Incorrect or out-of-date information can delay the processing of the passport application. It can also result in the applicant having to make several visits to the Finnish Embassy to amend his/her personal information. For example if the applicant’s last name has changed because of marriage, the change in status and name must first be registered in the Population Information System before the passport application can be submitted. This registration process can take 1 to 2 weeks. Finns living abroad are obliged to notify the Population Information System of any changes in their personal information by the population information act (661/2009, 1.3.2010). It is possible to find out what information is listed in the Population Information System. Requests must be submitted in writing to the local register office (maistraatti).
  • To receive information on updating or correcting you personal information, please contact the Embassy of Finland in Dublin, tel (01) 478 1344 or Local Register Office (maistraatti).

Passport applications can also be submitted to the Finnish police in Finland.

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Documents required for the passport application

  • 1 passport photo, (no more than six months old), passport photo guidelines here.
  • Valid passport or identity card issued by the Finnish police. In the event that the applicant does not have a valid identity card or passport, his or her identity will be verified on the basis of other relevant documents, register searches and interviews, if necessary.
  • If the applicant is a dual/multi citizen and does not have a previous Finnish passport, the passport of another country must be supplied. Other documents confirming the identity of the applicant might also be required.
  • A minor born in Ireland and applying for first passport needs:

The long form birth certificate issued by The Irish General Register Office on which the mother’s or both parents’ name(s) are registered. This certificate has to carry an Apostille-stamp. The passport(s) of the child’s guardian (in the case of sole guardianship) or guardians are also required.

The Apostille-stamp can be acquired from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Please note that the birth has to have been registered in the Finnish Population Information System before applying for a passport. Please contact the Embassy of Finland by phone, tel. (01) 478 1344, or email sanomat.dub@formin.fi for more information about registering the birth.

  • Applicants that are minors (under 18 years of age) must have their parents'/guardians' consent. If both guardians cannot be present when the application is submitted then a written form of consent from the absent guardian must be presented. Please print out a Guardian’s consent form here (PDF, 1 p., 3.3 KB). Guardians must also present their passports. Sole custodians must offer proof of their custodial authority by presenting the original sole custodian certificate or a notarized copy thereof.
  • If a valid passport has been lost or stolen, a written police report is required. Please report your lost or stolen passport to An Garda Síochána.
  • For males aged 18-30: An applicant must prove that his duty to defend the country does not constitute an impediment to issuing a passport. The non-impediment can be proven with a military passport. It can also be proven with a non-military service or call-up certificate from the Finnish Defence Forces showing that the applicant is exempt from military service either entirely or in time of peace.  Dual/multi citizens residing in Ireland/abroad on a permanent basis are not required to do military service in Finland, but they must present an exemption document issued by the Finnish Defence Forces. More information about military service.
  • Applicants with dual/multi citizenship might have to prove that they have retained or will retain their Finnish citizenship after the age of 22. For more information about dual/multi citizenship please from Finnish Immigration Service.  Please contact the Local Register Office (maistraatti) to ensure that the information about your citizenship has been registered in the Finnish Population Information System.
  • Proof of payment. If the fee has been paid to the Embassy’s bank account in advance of submitting the passport application, a receipt must be presented.

All applicants (except children under the age of 12) for passports with and without the microchip are fingerprinted. Two (2) fingerprints taken with a fingerprint scanner are required.

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Passport fees and payment options

The processing fee for passport must be paid in advance to the Embassy’s bank account. Current fees are available here. Please note that if you would like to receive the new passport by post, you should pay the fee of a registered letter 8 euros at the same time as you pay for the passport. Please note that if the passport cannot be granted, or if it's not collected, the processing fee for passport application remains non-refundable.

Bank account information: BIC: BOFIIE2D and IBAN Account No: IE69BOFI90149051284015. The name of the applicant must be entered in the message field.

Current fees are available here

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Collection of passport

Processing of the passport application usually takes about 10 working days.

When the passport is ready, either the applicant or a person authorised by the applicant may collect it from the Embassy, please print authorization form here (PDF, 1 p., 3.3 KB).

Upon request the passport can be forwarded to the holder via registered post at an extra charge of 8 euros. This fee is payable at the time of application. The passport can also be delivered to a Finnish Honorary Consulate.

The applicant’s previous passport must be presented for cancellation either when the new passport is collected or before the new passport can be posted.

For more information please call tel. (01) 478 1344 or send email sanomat.dub@formin.fi

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Frequently asked questions

Only valid passports or identity cards are accepted when applying for passports. What is the reason for this?

The passport and identity card are the only officially accepted proofs of identity, since the application process for both these documents requires that the applicant be reliably identified by the police.  A driving license, for example, does not offer reliable proof of identity. The driving license only shows that the holder has the right to drive. It does not confirm that the holder has been reliably identified by the police.

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Lost or stolen passports

If your valid passport has been lost or stolen, you will need to present a written police report when applying for a new passport. Please report your lost or stolen passport to An Garda Síochána.

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Emergency passports

Emergency passports may be issued for particular situations. The granting of emergency passports always involves careful consideration and is done on a case by case basis.

A temporary passport is only valid for a limited period of time, normally the time it takes to return to one’s country of residence.

An emergency passport contains no technical component (microchip) and it is issued to the applicant on the spot.

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Second valid passport without cancelling existing valid passport

If valid reasons exist, a second passport can be issued to individuals already holding a valid passport. A signed written statement outlining the reason(s) for a second passport is required. This statement may be supplied by an employer, for example. Other reliable proof may also be required.

The application process and fee for a second valid passport are the same as for a regular passport. A second valid passport is valid for a maximum of five years.

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Passports for minors (under 18 years of age) and first passport for Finnish citizen born abroad

The birth of Finnish citizens abroad must first be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. The child must also have obtained a Finnish personal identity number in order to apply for a passport. For instructions on how to register the birth of a Finnish citizen born abroad, please contact the Embassy of Finland in Dublin by phone (01) 478 1344 or email sanomat.dub@formin.fi.

The passport application for a Finnish citizen born abroad must be accompanied by the official birth certificate. This certificate must contain the name(s) of the parent(s) and have been issued by the country in which the child was born. The birth certificate must also bear an Apostille-stamp. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can authenticate Apostille documents executed in Ireland for use in other countries, more information here.

Children cannot be entered in the passports of their parents/guardians.

Minors (under 18 years of age) have to apply for a passport in person together with one or both parent(s)/guardian(s). Minors (under 18 years of age) require the consent of both parents/guardians in order to be issued a passport. If both parents/guardians cannot be present, the non-applying parent/guardian must sign a written consent form (PDF, 1 p., 3,3 KB). The passports of both parents/guardians passports must also be presented. Sole custodians must offer proof of their custodial authority by presenting the original sole custodian certificate or a notarized copy thereof.

All minors, regardless of age, and including newborns and infants, must have their own travel document. This can be a passport or an official identity card issued by Finland for travelling in EU-countries, more info about Finnish ID-cards.

Certain countries may stipulate that minors have their own passport and that the passport must be valid for an extended period time after the journey. More information about such requirements can be obtained from your travel agent or the mission of the country you wish to visit.

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What should I do when I have changed name?

It is the responsibility of the passport holder to ensure that the name in the passport corresponds to the name registered in the Finnish Population Information System. If a name changes, then that change must be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. A person with a new name must apply for a new passport if he/she wants to use the passport as a travel document.

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What if my appearance has changed?

If one’s appearance has changed significantly, he/she will have to apply for a new passport.

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What is a machine readable passport?

A passport is machine readable if the essential information of that passport has been converted into two lines of alphanumeric characters and symbols that appear at the bottom of the information page. All Finnish passports valid for more than a year are machine readable.

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What personal details are stored in the new passport with microchip?

These contain personal details (name, date of birth etc) and a photo, as earlier, plus fingerprints. Fingerprints are also stored on the microchip. Passports issued since the 29th of June, 2009, include the holder’s fingerprints.

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Are the fingerprints stored on passport’s microchip?

Yes. Fingerprints are stored on the microchip of all passports issued since the 29th of June, 2009. Children under the age of 12 are not fingerprinted.

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Can a biometric passport be damaged?

A biometric passport is extremely durable. The microchip and aerial in the passport may, however, be damaged if handled carelessly. New passports come with instructions explaining how they are to be handled in order to prevent damage.

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Can I keep the old passport as a souvenir?

With your new passport, you will receive instructions how to annul and destroy your old passport. You don't have to return it to the Finnish authorities.

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How does biometrics affect travel to the United States?

Travel to the United States is currently unaffected and no changes are in sight. Travel is permissible with any valid passport. People holding a current temporary passport or a National seafarer’s card do require a visa. Children who have been entered onto their parent’s passport and have no passport of their own also require a visa.

For more information on travel to the US:
Embassy of the United States, Helsinki

Identity card

From the beginning of 2017 Finnish missions which also serve as application points for passports may issue identity cards  to Finnish citizens. Identity cards are valid travel documents in 28 European countries.

The missions may issue standard identity cards only, also to minors subject to guardian consent.

The special minor’s identity cards issued without the guardians’ consent, identity cards for foreigners or temporary identity cards may not be applied for from the missions.

You must apply for an identity card in person at the Finnish mission, just as applying for a passport e.g. a current passport/Identity card and new photograph are required, check the full requirements. Identity cards do not contain fingerprints.

Identity card costs EUR 90. You must pay the full fee for the identity card before you admit the application on the embassy bank account. Check bank account details on the price list. Current fee: Service Fees

More information about identity cards on the website of the Police.

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