How to Request an Exception

If you are a non-immigrant visa holder, an ESTA traveler, or a non-immigrant visa applicant who believes you meet one of the limited exceptions under the Presidential Proclamations, please send a request by email to Requests should include a scan of your passport bio page as well as a scan of one of the following: visa appointment confirmation, valid visa, or ESTA approval. (Visa applicants should follow the instructions at to request an emergency appointment.)
Please also include the following information:

Last name:

First name:

Date of birth:

Place of birth:

Country of citizenship:

Passport number:

Place of current permanent residence:

Are you currently in Finland?

Do you currently have a visa? If yes, type?

Are you applying for a new visa? If yes, type?

Have you been granted a NIE at any time after June 29, 2020? If yes, when?

Travel dates:

Travel purpose:

Please note that national interest exceptions, when granted, are valid for 12 months, multiple entry. NIEs granted after June 29, 2020 for 30 days, single-entry, will now also be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries, as long as they are used for the purpose under which they were granted.