‘The Russians have started coming’: Finland considers tourist visa ban

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Euronews (English)

The Finnish government is coming under increasing public and political pressure to close the EU’s eastern border with Russia, and put a stop to an apparent sanctions loophole. Russia relaxed its COVID-related border restrictions mid-July, meaning for the first time since before the pandemic, Russians with Schengen visas can now legally cross the border by bus or car, even though they’re banned from travelling to the EU in planes and trains. “The Russians have started coming,” said Juho Pesonen, Professor of Tourism Business at the University of Eastern Finland. “Shopping tourism has always bee…

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