The restriction specifically targets Russians travelling ‘for tourism purposes’ across Finland’s eastern border with Russia, according to a statement released by the Ministry – closing off a long-standing loophole in its entry restrictions for Russian citizens.
As part of the European Union (EU), Finland has had a blanket ban on all Russian aircraft from entering its airspace since February, imposed in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The principle decision aims to stop tourism and related transit completely. The reception of visa applications is severely restricted,” the Ministry stated. The move is also intended to prevent Finland from being used as a transit country to reach other destinations within the EU.
The ban does not apply to Russian citizens who need to enter Finland for humanitarian or family reasons, or who are there to perform international obligations.
Finland has been one of several countries urging the EU to impose further restrictions on Russian tourists travelling across the bloc’s eastern borders.