Trip to Finland from Indonesia

January 14, 2017

The story of my trip to Finland from Indonesia

Visa to Finland

Part of the story of my trip to Finland is absolutely the visa. As Indonesian, I find that it’s not that easy to apply and to get a schengen visa . I have to submit additional documents to apply for a visa to Finland e.g. receipt of salary, an employment contract, reference letter from my employer as a guarantee of return, bank statement from me and also my sponsor. These documents seem just for reassurance that I won’t look for a job in Finland especially illegally. Well, of course I don’t. I came to Finland for the love of my life!

                                                                                  Photo by Finavia

Flight to Finland :

Flight from Jakarta to Singapore

I went by Finnair for my trip to Finland. My departure was from Jakarta to Singapore by Garuda Indonesia, then continued by Finnair from Singapore to Helsinki, Finland. It was a bit of drama when I arrived in Jakarta airport. I went there earlier as I had a plan to take time to call my friends and family before my long flight, I also wanted to spend my Indonesian phone credit. But when I arrived 2 hours before my flight schedule, Garuda’s stewardess asked me to go with the flight that was going to boarding in 15 minutes. Such shocking news! I didn’t have so much time to call my friends and family. I was in a hurry in the baggage check until boarding. Another disappointment was my meal on Garuda flight was not vegetarian as I had ordered. I guess it was because the sudden flight changing was the reason there was no vegetarian meal on flight. Ah well…at least I arrived safely in Singapore 🙂

Trip to Finland from Indonesia
                     On Finnair flight

Flight from Singapore to Helsinki

My flight with Finnair was pretty good. I like that the airplane is big, clean and the stewards/stewardesses were very helpful. My meals for dinner and breakfast were vegetarian. It was exactly as I had ordered and it was yummy too! My trip to Finland was very long. The flight from Singapore to Helsinki was 12 hours. Even though I experienced motion sickness, I felt so satisfied flying with Finnair. I arrived in Helsinki the next morning exactly on schedule. Right on time!

On arrival, I had to go through immigration to answered few questions and gave some documents e.g. passport, invitation letter and copy of airplane return tickets. The immigration officer was nice. I went out to the arrival gate T2 where the love of my life greeted me with a kiss! So happy! 😀

Esther Ariesta-Rantanen

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Esther Ariesta-Rantanen

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