Finnish officials said they did not expect pressure on the eastern border, as the Baltic and Poland prohibit entry to Russian tourists.
Since Monday, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have banned Russian tourists from crossing their borders. This means that Finland will be the only EU land border still accessible to Russian tourists.
Reply by email, Taneli Repo border guards in southeastern Finland told Finnish news agency STT that they do not expect a significant increase in traffic flows. He noted, however, that officials were monitoring the situation and would provide additional manpower if needed.
Repo said recent restrictions on Russian tourists have so far had no significant impact on border crossing volumes.
Since the beginning of this month, Finland has significantly reduced the number of tourist visas granted to Russians to travel to Finland or via Finland to the rest of Europe. However, he did not stop issuing Russian tourist visas.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) stressed that a visa ban would require a common EU approach. Earlier this week he said: “We are now awaiting EU directives. We are ready for stricter measures.