The Embassy of Finland in New Delhi serves Finnish citizens visiting or residing in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan in matters within the scope of the Consular Services Act. According to the Consular Services Act, a person applying for a consular service shall be advised and given guidance on how to proceed with his or her matter.
The Embassy in New Delhi helps Finnish citizens also with such matters as securing passports and other official documents. Moreover, the Embassy assists Finnish citizens in distress and offers assistance with legal issues concerning military service, citizenship, or notarial services. Furthermore, the Embassy is obliged to help other Finnish governmental offices for example in elections by organising the advance voting abroad.
The honorary consuls of Finland are also part of our network. They help Finnish citizens in distress and provide all the interested parties with relevant information either on India or Finland.
Foreign citizens can apply for a visa or a residence permit at the Embassy.
Documents issued in India (such as a child's birth certificate, a certificate of non-impediment granted to an Indian person in order to get married in Finland, the so-called "single paper", and other documents) must be translated into English and apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs of India. This Hague Apostille is sufficient as such, and no other legalizations are necessary (Note: the legalization process was simplified on Oct. 5, 2009). Documents issued in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan must still be legalized by the longer procedure, i.e. Foreign Ministry of the issuing country and Embassy of Finland in New Delhi.