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You can only travel abroad if you have a valid passport. Please make sure that your passport is valid in good time before travelling. It is also not a good idea to travel on a damaged or defaced passport. If you notice that your passport is damaged or defaced, contact a police service point providing licence services to apply for a new one.
As from 26 June 2012, children no longer can travel on the passport of a parent, even if they are included in these old 10-year passports. After this date everyone, including children, must have their personal passports to travel. See the National Police Board press release.
Please remember that at some police service points (including the main police station of Espoo in Kilo and the licence service point of Itäkeskus in Helsinki) you must make an appointment for other than urgent licence matters. You may also have to make an appointment for certain licence matters. Always check the website of the police department in your municipality of residence for more detailed information.
When you travel, the personal data (name and social security number) in your passport must be up to date. If your family name has changed after marriage, for example, you must apply for a new passport.
The police grant ordinary passports and national seafarer's cards on application. For particular reasons, a temporary or an emergency passport can be issued. On application, a passport can also be issued in a speeded-up procedure (fast-track/express). In that case, a higher fee will be charged for the passport.
The information page of a biometric passport contains a microchip. In passports issued after 21 August 2006, the biometric identifier is a biometric facial image saved in the technical part of the passport (the microchip). In passports issued after 29 June 2009, the biometric identifier includes not only a facial image but also the holder's fingerprints.
As a rule, a biometric passport is valid for 5 years.
A passport with a microchip can be recognised from the chip logo on the cover. Passports issued before the introduction of biometric identifiers with no microchip are also still valid and can be used
The Passport Act
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