Finland will close its border to Russian tourists from midnight this Thursday, which is expected to cause a significant drop in cross-border trafficThe government reported this morning.
Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told a news conference that the influx of Russians is now seen as putting Finland’s international relations are in jeopardy.
He assured that despite the closure to tourism, entry will still be allowed for family visits, as well as for work and studies.
The Finnish government, wary of being a transit nation to the Western European passport-free Schengen zone, said last Friday that it planned to stop russia tourism and that a decision would be made in the following days.
After President Vladimir Putin ordered the country’s first military draft since World War II, thousands of men began to leave the country. The crossing with Finland was one of the most used points to be able to leave the country.
In addition, more than 1,300 protesters were arrested by elements of the Russian police, after demonstrating against Putin’s order on military mobilization.