Finland will close its border to Russian tourists from midnight local time (2100 GMT), which is expected to lead to a significant drop in cross-border traffic, the government said on Thursday, APA reports citing Helsingin Sanomat
Entry for family visits, as well as for work and studies, will still be permitted, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told a news conference.
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, Interior Minister Krista Mikkonen, and Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen spoke at a press conference on restricting Russian entry after the meeting late Wednesday night, APA reports citing Daily Finland.
The government on Wednesday decided to restrict the entry of Russian people into Finland as a transit to travel to other Schengen countries.
The government at a meeting late Wednesday night, discussed the foreign and security policy situation and decided to adopt a resolution on Thursday in this regard, said an official press release.