Finland closes its border to Russian tourists from September 30

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto said on September 29, 2022, that the Finnish government has decided to significantly limit passenger traffic on the eastern border with Russia from tomorrow.

Source: Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto

“The restrictions will come into effect tomorrow, and they will be valid until further notice. The decision in principle aims to completely prevent Russian tourism to Finland and the related transit through Finland.”

The government justifies its decision by the threat to international relations. Border authorities are allowed to inform a Russian tourist that he endangers Finland’s international relations.

“The border authority takes this endangerment into account and based on this, the person can be denied entry or a negative decision can be made on the visa application.”

The so-called referendums in occupied Ukrainian territories and the explosion of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea have affected this decision.

It should be noted that entry for family visits, as well as for work and studies, will still be permitted.

See also: Finland has decided to reduce the issuance of visas to Russians by 90% from September 1

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