July 25, 2022

Finland says there are no plans to stop issuing visas to Russians

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Helsinki supports the EU sanctions policy and does not plan to introduce visa restrictions on its own, Tuppurainen said. Earlier, a number of Finnish deputies called for the termination of the issuance of tourist visas to Russians “Finland declared no plans to stop issuing visas to Russians” />

Finland has no plans to stop issuing tourist visas in Russia amid a Russian special operation in Ukraine, the acting official told Ilta-Sanomat. Prime Minister of Finland, Minister for EU Affairs and Public Property Tytti Tuppurainen (Prime Minister Sanna Marin is on vacation).

“The policy of Finland is to support the common EU sanctions policy. This issue [issuance of tourist visas in Russia] should be coordinated at the level of the EU and the Schengen countries. The European Union has already frozen part of the visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Russia <…>. There is readiness for other actions,»,— Tuppurainen said.

She added that Finland is not preparing its own measures on this issue.

Meanwhile, a number of Finnish deputies spoke in favor of stopping the issuance of tourist visas in Russia. Among them— Jouni Ovaska (Centre Party), Elina Valtonen (National Coalition), as well as the head of the True Finns party Riikka Purra.

“Russian shopping and holidays in Finland and through Finland in Europe rightly infuriate many. Suspension of tourist visas would be a justified measure, as Estonia did earlier,— Purra wrote on Twitter.

Finland lifted COVID entry restrictions for foreigners from June 30th. Since July 15, restrictions on land borders, which have been in effect since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, have also been canceled by Russia.

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On the day of the opening of the border, more than 5 thousand people passed through the border checkpoints of the two countries, which corresponds to the pre-coronavirus level, said Kimmo Gromoff, head of the border service of Southeast Finland. About 60% of travelers went from Russia to Finland.

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