Russia is introducing an electronic tourist visa to land border crossings

The Russian government has added the Torfyanovka and Brusnichno international land border stations to the list of points that can be reached by Russia with an electronic tourist visa.

Torfyanovka station is located opposite the Vaalimaa border station on the eastern border of Finland, while Brusnichnoje is located about 100 km north, opposite the Finnish Nuijamaa border station.

The Russian prime minister signed the decision last week Mikhail Mishustin, but they will not enter into force until Russia opens its borders more widely to tourists after the pandemic.

Electronic tourist visas have previously been available to citizens of Finland and certain other countries, but only for air travel to Russia.

Svetlana LevinskaiaThe Finnish representative of the Russian Tourism Association told Yle Novost that the decision opens new opportunities for the development of tourism between the two neighboring countries.

"It is good that the wishes of the players in the field have been taken into account. Hopefully the decision will be extended to the Allegro train soon," Levinskaia said, referring to the high-speed train service that connects Helsinki and St. Petersburg.

Russia eased entry regulations earlier this year, but coronavirus restrictions continue to have a strong impact on tourism.

Dual citizens living in Finland and Russian citizens with Close Relatives can also travel to the country via the Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa and Niirala border crossing stations.

Source: The Nordic Page


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