The Imatra border station will be reopened on Friday, closed for more than a year.
Border traffic declined for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic in 2020.
Meanwhile, in January 2021, the government completely closed the passenger intersection in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid. Only heavy traffic has passed since the decision.
The situation will change on Friday, when the Covid income restrictions at Finland’s external borders will end.
Despite the sanctions imposed as a result of the war in Ukraine, Russians can travel to Finland if they have the necessary travel documents – however, Russia still has Covid restrictions on tourists entering the country.
With the completion of the Imatra border crossing for tourists and passengers, other crossing points crossing the eastern border will expand their opening hours. Vaola County in Virolahti and Nuijamaa in Lappeenranta are open to passenger traffic around the clock from 1 July 2022.
For years, Imatra’s position was the busiest border crossing point between Finland and Russia, in 2019 more than 1.5 million.
Source: The Nordic Page