Finland to ban entry to Russian tourists starting midnight

PTI | Helsinki | Updated: 29-09-2022 16:41 IST | Created: 29-09-2022 16:25 IST
Finland to ban entry to Russian tourists starting midnight
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The Finnish government said Thursday it would significantly limit passenger traffic on Finland's border with Russia, banning Russian citizens travelling with tourist visas from entering the Nordic country effective Friday.

"The decision in principle aims to completely prevent Russian tourism to Finland and the related transit through Finland," Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said during a news conference.

The government justified its decision by saying that the continued arrival of Russian tourists in Finland is endangering the country's international relations. It didn't specify further.

As of Sept. 1, Finland slashed the number of visas — including for tourism purposes — issued to Russian citizens to one-tenth of the typical number, a move is seen as a show of solidarity with Ukraine.

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