Finland

ESTA for Finnish Citizens

Citizens of Finland can benefit from applying for an ESTA as the country is part of the Visa Waiver Program meaning they do not require a US visa to travel to the US. Finland became a member of the VWP in 1991 and citizens of Finland can visit the US for tourism, business, medical or transit purposes using the ESTA.

ESTA Requirements and Important Information

  • Maximum stay in the US is 90 days at a time
  • Required for travellers flying or arriving by sea to the US
  • Valid for two years (whilst passport remains valid)
  • Use for multiple trips to the US during validity
  • Links electronically to a biometric passport
  • Use for tourism, business, transit or medical purposes
  • All individual must have their individual ESTA, including children
Application for Finnish Citizens

Benefits of Applying for ESTA for Finnish Citizens

Citizens of Finland have many advantages due to being in the VWP and therefore being eligible to apply for the ESTA. One of the key advantages is that the process of applying for an ESTA is considerably quicker than if you apply for a US visa. With a US visa, a long DS-160 form must be completed and also you must arrange an interview at the US Embassy in Finland.

The ESTA application can be submitted by filling in an online form and you will quickly receive confirmation by email as to whether your application has been successful. There is no need to visit the Embassy and the whole processing time is usually no more than a day. Processing time can vary but usually takes just a few hours, although it is recommended that you apply at least 72 hours prior to travel plans for the US in case any issues arise.

When your ESTA is approved, you are able to use it for multiple visits to the US provided that your passport remains valid and that you do not stay for longer than 90 days at a time. Additionally, it costs less to apply for an ESTA than it does to apply for a US visa.

How Finnish Citizens Can Apply for ESTA

Citizens from Finland must have a valid biometric passport to be able to apply for an ESTA. Another requirement is to have a valid email address for the correspondence to be sent to and a card to make the payment for the application fee.

Once you visit the ESTA application website, you will be required to complete a set of questions such as name, address, DOB and medical questions. The application will be screened by the Department of Homeland Security to determine whether the application will be approved, or refused. The form is quick to fill in and is usually done in just 10 minutes.

What to do if ESTA is Declined

In the event that the ESTA is refused, there may still be a possibility of visiting the US. If you think the ESTA was refused because you made a mistake on the application form, you may be able to resend a new application but will need to pay a second application fee. If the ESTA was declined for another reason, you may be able to travel to the US by obtaining a US visa through the US Embassy in Finland.

US Embassy in Finland

U.S. Embassy Helsinki
Itäinen Puistotie 14 B
00140 Helsinki
Finland

Benefits of ESTA for Finnish citizens:
  • Can be used on several visits to the US
  • Quick to process
  • Use for tourism, business, medical or transit
  • Fast application completion
  • Can apply using a mobile or desktop
  • Use for visits to US of up to 90 days