Police report record number of passport applications | New

The trend will likely continue for much of the summer, police say.

Scheduling an in-person appointment to submit a passport application can take weeks or even months Image: Mikaela Löv/Yle

An unprecedented number of people in Finland have applied for or sought to renew their passports this spring, according to the National Police Board of Finland.

March saw the biggest increase in applications, with 191,000 passports granted, an amount more than five times higher than the same period last year.

The upsurge came shortly after Covid restrictions eased across the country and Russia began its attack on Ukraine.

Police stations across Finland have seen the number of requests more than triple since last spring, with the National Police Board saying the trend is likely to continue into the summer.

Police said the rush was mainly due to citizens letting their passports expire during the pandemic.

Police: long waiting times

Those wishing to apply for a passport may need to book a time to visit a police station.

Appointments for the submission of passport applications are pending at police stations across the country, and in-person appointments can take weeks or even months in some cases.

People can also renew their passport by appointment without an appointment. This, however, led to long queues forming inside and outside some stations.

Those looking for available times should regularly check for cancellations, police recommended, adding that appointment times may often be more readily available at police stations in less populated areas.

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