New Delhi, 3 June 1969
Ministry of External Affairs
June 3, 1969
I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of June 3, 1969, which reads as follows :
I have the honour to inform you that in order to facilitate travel between the two countries, the Government of Finland are prepared
to conclude with the Government of India an Agreement in the following terms :
Citizens of Finland holding valid passports shall be allowed to enter India at any authorised border-crossing place and stay in the
country for a period of upto 90 days without being required to obtain a visa. This period of 90 days shall include any period of
stay during six months.
Citizens of India holding valid Indian passports shall be free to enter Finland at any authorised border crossing place and stay
in the country for a period of upto 90 days without being required to obtain a visa. This period of 90 days shall be calculated
from the date of entry into any Nordic State being a Party to the Convention of July 12, 1957, on the waiver of passport control
at the Intra-Nordic frontiers. Any sojourn in any of those States during the six months preceding the entry into any of those States
from a non-Nordic State shall be included in the above period of 90 days.
It is understood that the waiver of visa requirements does not exempt citizens of Finland and citizens of India coming to India and
to Finland respectively from the necessity of complying with the laws and regulations in force in India and in Finland respectively
concerning the entry into, movement within and residence - temporary or permanent - in that country. They are not allowed to take
employment, set up in business or exercise any profession, paid or unpaid.
The authorities of each country reserve the right to refuse leave to enter or stay in the country to persons considered desirable.
The present Agreement shall enter into force on July 1, 1969. Either Government may temporarily suspend the foregoing provisions
in whole or in part for reasons of public order or public health. Such suspension shall be notified immediately to the other Government
through diplomatic channels, and if possible after prior consultations.
The present Agreement may be terminated by either Government by notification in writing, the termination taking effect 30 days after
If the foregoing is acceptable to the Government of India, I have the honour to suggest that this letter and your reply to that effect
should be regarded as constituting an Agreement between the two Governments in that matter.
Accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.
I have the honour to convey the acceptance of the Government of India to the foregoing and to state that your letter and my reply
thereto shall constitute an Agreement between the two Governments.
Accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
V H COELHO
His Excellency Mr WILHELM SCHRECK
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Finland in India