Finland will shut border to Russian tourists from midnight


Reuters | Updated: 29-09-2022 17:10 IST | Created: 29-09-2022 16:37 IST
Finland will shut border to Russian tourists from midnight
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Finland will close its border to Russian tourists from midnight local time (2100 GMT), which is expected to lead to a significant drop in cross-border traffic, the government said on Thursday.

The inflow of Russians is now seen as endangering Finland's international relations, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told a news conference. Entry for family visits, as well as for work and studies, will still be permitted, he added.

The Finnish government, wary of being a transit nation into western Europe's passport-free Schengen zone, on Friday, said it planned to halt tourism from Russia and that a decision would be finalized in the days that followed.

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