The Finnish government wants to tighten visa rules for Russians. Under the previous regulations, Russian citizens are no longer allowed to obtain tourist visas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki is preparing appropriate measures to be discussed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the end of August.
It is not enough for Finland to make such a decision independently – there must be the same guidelines throughout the Schengen area, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told Finnish radio station Yle.
In a recent poll, a majority of respondents were in favor of stopping the issuance of tourist visas to Russian travelers. Several Finnish politicians had previously spoken out in favor of tightening visa rules.
Finland has a border of 1340 km with Russia
This means that the Scandinavian country has by far the longest border with Russia of the EU countries. Despite the war of aggression against Ukraine, Russian tourists have so far been able to enter the Schengen area by bus or car across the Finnish border.