I am traveling from New Delhi to Warsaw and an airline which I am choosing has a layover of 18.5 hours at Helsinki airport.

I'm taking a Schengen Visa issued by the Polish Consulate. Can I leave the airport using the same visa or should I get a transit visa?

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    Finland is part of Schengen agreement. – Augustine of Hippo Jun 11 '17 at 8:54
  • Is the Schengen visa multi-entry? – Patricia Shanahan Jun 11 '17 at 8:56
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    @PatriciaShanahan It shouldn't matter because Helsinki to Warsaw doesn't go out of the Schengen zone. – Augustine of Hippo Jun 11 '17 at 9:03
  • @PaulofOsawatomie Good point. – Patricia Shanahan Jun 11 '17 at 9:04
  • The day we will get rid of all this madness will always be a day too late. – motoDrizzt Jun 11 '17 at 9:06

Both Finland (Helsinki) and Poland (Warsaw) are part of the Schengen zone. If your visa says "Schengen States" or the Polish equivalent, you can travel through any Schengen member state on the way to your destination and you will pass immigration the first time you cross a Schengen border (i.e. in Helsinki).

Your flight from Helsinki to Warsaw is effectively a domestic flight without immigration control. There will be an identity check which looks at your passport, but it won't be stamped again.

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