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Embassy of Finland, Singapore: Services: FAQ's

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Singapore

101 Thomson Road
#21-03 United Square, Singapore 307591
Tel. +65-6254 4042
E-mail: sanomat.sin@formin.fi
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FAQs

Common law certificates

Common law certificates needed for unmarried couples moving into Singapore can be obtained at the Embassy by providing an extract of both parties from the Finnish Population Information System containing the information of the place of residence. It is adviced to apply for the extract to be issued in English from local registry offices (maistraatti). The extracts along with the passports of the couple need to be presented at the Embassy for obtaining a Common Law Certificate. A notary fee is collected upon issuing the certificate.

More information:

Local Registry Offices of Finland (maistraatti)

Driving licence

Finnish driving licences and duplicate copies are issued by a local police of one’s place of residence in Finland. If the applicant does not have a place of residence in Finland, the duplicate licence application will be submitted to the police department that issued the driving licence permit. Embassies do not handle/issue driving licenses. However, Embassy can certify the signature of an applicant in the driving license application. A notary fee is collected upon certification.

In the countries that have signed the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention (e.g. Finland) it is generally permitted to drive with the foreign driving license for a maximum of one year. Details and further requirements can be obtained from the web page of the Finnish Police.

Holder of an Employment Pass, Dependant Pass, Student Pass or Work Permit to Singapore can use a Finnish driving license in Singapore for a maximum of 6 months from date of arrival in Singapore. However, this requires an Embassy certified translation of the Finnish license. A translation of the driving license is also needed for applying a Singaporean driving license within 6 months time.

For Social Visit Pass holders the same rule applies within the first 12 months in Singapore. A notary fee is collected upon Embassy certification of translation. More information: Finnish Police

More information:

Finnish Police

Singapore Police Force - Driving in Singapore

Finnish Population Information System

Local Register Offices of Finland (maistraatti) maintains the Finnish Population Information System which contains the personal data of the citizens and residents. Embassy receives and informs the Local Registry Offices of Finland of entries and changes in the personal data of a Finnish citizen residing abroad. These include e.g. notifications of marriage, birth of a child, change of domicile, obtaining a foreign nationality and death of a citizen. It is important to maintain one’s personal data up-to-date in the Population Information System for correct data is essential for e.g. applying for a passport and receiving a notification of advance voting abroad. Change of domicile can be informed by filling in a form at the one-stop online portal for Finnish public services at suomi.fi .  Other notifications require normally a legalized copy of the certificate to be attached to the notification (birth certificate, marriage certificate, death  certificate etc.) These documents are to be presented at the Embassy along with one’s passport and residence/employment permit of Singapore.

More information:

Local Registry Offices of Finland (maistraatti)

Notification of a Finnish citizen born outside Finland

Notification of marriage of a Finnish citizen outside of Finland

Notification of a civil partnership registered outside Finland

Notification of a Finnish citizen deceased outside Finland

suomi.fi - portal to Finnish public services

Marriages

For weddings abroad it is necessary to find out directly from the authority officiating the marriage all the necessary documents needed for a marriage to take place. In Singapore one can contact the Registry of Marriages (ROM). In Finland the local register offices can issue a certificate of no-impediment in English to be presented abroad. Embassies cannot perform the marriage ceremony.

Generally, a marriage conducted abroad is deemed valid in Finland if it is concluded according the laws of that country. A Finnish citizen married in Singapore can register the marriage at the Embassy by providing a legalized copy of the marriage certificate along with the passports and green cards of the spouses. In addition, a form “Notification of a marriage of a Finnish citizen abroad” is to be filled in.

More information:

Notification of marriage of a Finnish citizen outside of Finland

ROM - Registry of Marriages of Singapore

Medication for personal use

Bringing personal  medication to Finland

A traveller is allowed to import medicinal products as well as homeopathic and anthroposophic products covered by the registration referred to in Section 21 a of the Finnish Medicines Act (395/1987) from non-EEA countries for a maximum of three months´ treatment, for own personal use.

A traveller is allowed to import medicinal products classified as narcotic drugs from non-Schengen states for  a maximum of 14 days´ treatment for own personal use.

If required the traveller must be able to prove that the medicinal product is intended for his personal medication. The intended use of prescription medicines must be proved by a prescription or medical certificate which must accompany the traveller at arrival in Finland.

More information:

Finnish Customs

National Agency for Medicines of Finland

Bringing personal medication to Singapore

For instructions and information see the web site of Singapore Heath Sciences Authority.

More information:

Health Sciences Authority - Health Products Regulation

Moving to or from Finland

When moving from Finland abroad or from abroad to Finland one can make the compulsory Change of Address –notification to the local register office with a form that can be obtained at the Embassy or at the portal for Finnish public services suomi.fi. When changing address while living abroad the notification can be done using a webform at suomi.fi portal or leaving the form at the Embassy.

More information:

Local Registry Offices of Finland (maistraatti)

suomi.fi - portal to Finnish public services

Notary and legalization services

According to Finnish law, Embassies can partially offer notarial services, e.g:

1. Authentication of signature
2. Certification of a copy of a document
3. Certification of the contents of a document
4. Legalization services

A fee will be collected upon issuing a notary certificate.

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Updated 6/19/2014


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