Finnish border guards note that many more Russians have entered the country in recent days than is usually the case. In two days, on September 21 and 22, more than 10,000 people crossed the border from Russia.
The data are given for three Finnish land border checkpoints – Imatra, Nuyamaa and Vaalimaa. On Wednesday, 4443 Russians ended up on the Finnish side, on Thursday – 5959, according to September 23 RBC with reference to the Border District of Southeast Finland. For comparison: on the 14th, this figure reached 2794, on the 15th – 2874, on the 19th – 2804, and on the 20th – 3099. On average, the number of Russian citizens entering Finland per day doubled.
At the same time, the number of Russians who returned from Finland to the Russian Federation remained approximately at the same level these days. In total, on September 21 and 22, 15,832 Russians crossed the border in both directions, and on the previous days – more than five thousand people. On average, one and a half times more Russians crossed the Finnish-Russian border during these two days than on the previous ones.
To the Nujamaa checkpoint (Cowberry on the Russian side) traffic jam formed. “The last few weeks there were no such queues, but the situation has not become busier than before the pandemic. The workload is more than last week, but not too high, ”the Finnish border guard notes.
Finland has already stated that restrict entry to Russian tourists with any Schengen visas. It is assumed that getting there will be possible on the basis of kinship, family circumstances, study, work and ownership of real estate.