Helsinki, 29 September 2022 (TDI): The Government of Finland decided to limit Russian visitors’ access to Finland by issuing a resolution on September 29, 2022.

The entry restrictions will enter into force on 30 September and will remain in force until further notice.

The limitations are based on Schengen Borders Code Article 6(1)(e). The Article explains that individuals from foreign countries may not enter if they pose a threat to the public policy, internal security, public health, or the international relations of any Member State.

When taking into consideration variables like international relations and security, the Schengen acquis gives Member States flexibility in formulating national policy.

The security situation in Europe has shifted as a result of the Russian- Ukraine crisis.

According to the government, Finland’s international standing and ties are challenged by Russian mobilization. It is also challenged by the constantly rising number of Russian tourists visiting and passing through Finland.

Goals of the resolution

The resolution of the Government supports the processes used to assess whether Russian citizens meet the requirements for entrance, for issuing visas, and for determining the criteria for the validity of visas. It covers both international travel through Finland and domestic travel to Finland.

The resolution seeks to effectively restrict travel to and from Russia. It will significantly reduce Russia’s ability to process visa requests.

Travel that is judged necessary for humanitarian causes, national interests, or fulfilling Finland’s international duties shall not be prohibited by the resolution.

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Finland on Russian invasion in Ukraine

Russia – Ukraine crisis started on February 24, 2022. Finland strongly supports Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, self-determination, and territorial integrity and condemns Russia’s military operations in Ukraine.

As a member of the European Union, Finland is responding to Russia’s actions. The direction of Finland’s foreign policy is actively monitoring Russian activities and the security situation in Europe.