Finland from June 30 removes restrictions on the entry of citizens from third countries, including Russia. However, the logistics of traveling to a neighboring country from the Russian Federation will be difficult: it will not be possible to travel by car or bus as a tourist yet.
FROM JUNE 30, ENTRY TO FINLAND RETURNS TO THE PRE-PANDEMIC FORMAT
The Finnish government will lift the coronavirus restrictions on the entry of third-country nationals from June 30.
According to the information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country, travelers from countries outside the EU, when entering Finland, you are no longer required to have a certificate of vaccination or tests for COVID-19, as well as to pass tests for coronavirus at border crossings.
As emphasized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Finland, border control is returning to the pre-pandemic situation. Travelers must still carry their normal travel documents, i.e. passport and, if necessary, a visa.
IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO GO TO FINLAND BY CAR OR BUS FOR THE PURPOSE OF TOURISM
whether Russia as a mirror response to restrictions on border traffic on its part.
According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 763-r, from March 30, 2020, traffic through automobile, rail, pedestrian, river and mixed checkpoints across the state border of Russia for citizens of the Russian Federation is limited.
Restrictions on land borders were lifted by separate decisions governments for entry to Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Georgia, Belarus. However, the EU countries have not yet been on this list.
Thus, Russians are still officially prohibited from traveling for tourism purposes through the land border to Estonia, although this Baltic country is open for tourists from Russia.
A similar ban applies to crossing the Russian-Finnish border. Traveling to Finland through land checkpoints is possible only for compelling reasons (treatment, work, residence permit, real estate, humanitarian reasons).
A tourist trip, SPA vacation or shopping for Russian border guards are not essential now Reasons for traveling to Finland.
HOW TO GET TO FINLAND FROM RUSSIA FOR TOURISTS AND HOW MUCH THE AIRTICKE COSTS
There is currently no direct air or rail connection between Russia and Finland.
To get to Helsinki from Moscow you will have to go through Istanbul. A flight with a transfer will take at least 10 hours and will cost from 68 thousand rubles. for one person in one direction.
Finland issues visas in Russia for business trips or those applicants who previously had a Finnish multiple Schengen for a period of at least two years.
and ATOR Bulletin do not rule out that from the end of June, Finland may expand the acceptance of visa applications in Russia.