Finland introduced visa and border checking procedures on 25 March 2001 in accordance with the Schengen Agreement. The Schengen Territory covers Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. A visa issued by one Schengen State entitles it's holder to travel and stay in territories of all Schengen States.
Citizens of Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe need a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen area
The Schengen visa should be applied for at the embassy or consulate of the main destination country. For example, if the planned journey takes place only in Finland, the visa has to be applied for at the Finnish Embassy or consulate. If there is no main destination country or if the applicant intends to visit several Schengen States during the same journey, the visa should be applied for at the diplomatic mission of the country which is the first point of entry.
The Embassy of Finland in Lusaka does not handle visa applications to Finland. In Zambia, visas are to be applied for at the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka. In Malawi, visas can be applied for at the Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe. In Zimbabwe, visas can be applied for at the French Embassy in Harare.
The Embassy of Sweden handles visa applications to Finland in Zambia. The Embassy of Sweden is located in the same property as the Embassy of Finland in Longacres, Lusaka.
More information about applying for the Schengen visa can be found at the website of the Embassy of Sweden in Lusaka.
Application forms are available from the Embassy of Sweden during normal opening hours and from the website of the Swedish Migration Board. The application should be filled in English or Swedish.
Swedish Visa section is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00.
It is crucial to allow sufficient time when applying for a visa. The processing time of a visa application is approximately 2 weeks, but delays are possible.
In Malawi, visa applications to Finland are handled by the Embassy of Norway in Lilongwe. For more information, please consult the website of this Embassy:
Embassy of Norway in Malawi
In Zimbabwe, visa applications to Finland are handled by the Embassy of France in Harare. For more information, please consult the website of this Embassy: French Embassy in Harare