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Border crossing points on the eastern border remain closed

Publication date 9.2.2024 14.30 | Published in English on 9.2.2024 at 15.00
Press release

The Finnish Government has decided to continue the closure of the border crossing points on the eastern border until 14 April 2024. According to the media release from the Government, the risk that instrumentalised migration will resume at the eastern border poses a serious threat to national security and public order in Finland.

Due to the decision, goods and passenger traffic by road at the land border between Finland and Russia is not possible at the border crossing points of Imatra, Kuusamo, Niirala, Nuijamaa, Raja-Jooseppi, Salla, Vaalimaa and Vartius.

The Vainikkala border crossing point will remain open for freight train traffic. You can check alternatives for your customs transactions and the service hours of the customs offices on the Finnish Customs website.

More information:  

Finnish Government press release, 8 February 2024: Finland's eastern border to remain closed

Government decision of 8 February 2024 (in Finnish) on the temporary closure of border crossing points and on the centralisation of the submission of applications for international protection

Finnish Government press release on 11 January 2024: Finland's eastern border to remain closed

Government decision 11 January 2024 (in Finnish) on the temporary closure of border crossing points and on the centralisation of the submission of applications for international protection

Customer notice, 15 December 2023: All border crossing points for road traffic at the eastern border closed again as of 20.00 on 15 December

Government decision 14 December 2023 (in Finnish) on the temporary closure of border crossing points and on the centralisation of the submission of applications for international protection

Customer notice, 13 December 2023: The temporary traffic restrictions at the eastern border to continue ‒ Vaalimaa and Niirala will open on 14 December 2023

Government decision 12 December 2023 (in Finnish) on the temporary closure of border crossing points and on the centralisation of the submission of applications for international protection

Government decision (in Finnish) on the temporary closure of border crossing points and on the centralisation of the submission of applications for international protection

Customer notice, 23 November 2023: The border crossing points of Kuusamo, Salla and Vartius at the eastern border will be closing on 24 November 2023 – border crossings will be centralised at Raja-Jooseppi

Finnish government press release on 22 November 2023: Finland to close more border crossing points

Customer notice, 17 November 2023: Customer service continues normally at other customs offices than Vaalimaa, Imatra, Nuijamaa and Niirala

Notice from the Finnish Food Authority, 17 November 2023: The closure of border crossings affects the transport of animals, animal products and plants

Customer notice, 16 November 2023: Border crossing points of Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra and Niirala are closed as of 18 November 2023

 

Customer notice