Finland debates visa freeze for tourists from Russia


Kai StrittmatterCopenhagen

The Russians are coming: Not so long ago, this finding would have been cause for celebration in cities like Lappeenranta in the Finnish-Russian border area: thousands of Russian tourists, often from nearby St. Petersburg, poured money into the coffers, booked hotels and summer houses , shopped at local stores. Then came Corona, and for more than two years there was an end to tourist border traffic. Only people with special permits were allowed to travel, for example to visit their relatives on the other side of the border.

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