Finland will close its border to Russian tourists at midnight from Thursday to Friday local time. This should lead to a significant decrease in cross-border traffic between these countries.
As the minister of foreign affairs announced at a press conference Finland Pekka Haavisto, entry of Russians for the purpose of visiting family as well as for work and study, will still be allowed.
Earlier, a governmental statement said that “on Thursday, the government will adopt a resolution that will significantly restrict the right of Russian citizens to enter Finland as tourists and use Finland as a transit country when traveling to other parts of the country. Schengen area“.
It was also noted that this week the government will discuss the possibility of building a fence on the border with Russia. “The government has received information on how to strengthen controls at the border between Finland and Russia using the border fence,” the government in Helsinki said.
Cross-border traffic between Finland and Russia for tourist purposes was restored in July, after almost two years of sanitary restrictions related to coronavirus. In the last week, 5-8 thousand people get to Finland every day by all means of transport. Russians (approx. 2 thousand by Imatra).
Finland shares a border with Russia that is 1,340 km long.
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