Finland to lift restrictions on visa applications from 1 July

Helsinki, Finland

In connection with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on entry, Finland will remove restrictions on the acceptance of visa applications from July 1, the country's embassy in Russia reports.

The ministry stressed that visa applications will be accepted at the Finnish visa centers only by appointment, and their consideration is carried out in accordance with the EU visa code.

“There is a valid Visa Facilitation Agreement between the EU and Russia, but due to the sanctions its provisions have been partially suspended. On the part of the EU, the suspension of the agreement concerns representatives of official Russian delegations, in particular diplomats and businessmen, — the message says.

The Embassy noted that it is not yet known what restrictions on border crossing by the Russian authorities will apply after June 30.

On the eve of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Finland announced the lifting of all coronavirus restrictions on entry into the country from June 30, including for Russians. After that, the consular department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that coronavirus restrictions on crossing land borders in Russia remain.

At the moment, Russians can only get to Finland by car. At the end of January 2021, Russia resumed flights with Finland. However, at the end of February 2022, Russia banned flights to 36 states, including this country. This was the response of the Russian authorities to the decision of the European Union to close the skies for Russian aircraft after the start of the military operation in Ukraine.

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Last December, Russia also resumed passenger rail links with Finland. The “Allegro” trains were re-launched, plying on the route of Helsinki— St. Petersburg. In addition to them, before the pandemic, the Leo Tolstoy train also ran in Helsinki. from Moscow. However, in March of this year, Finland broke off relations with Russian Railways due to Russia's special operation in Ukraine and stopped passenger and freight rail traffic.

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