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Some biked across as Finland closed Russian border

Russians now need special reasons to travel to Finland.

Some Russian tourists biked across the Vaalimaa border as the clock approached midnight on Thursday. Image: Antro Valo / Yle

As Thursday turned to Friday, Finland closed its border to Russian tourists, following an historic government decision on Thursday.

As the clock approached midnight at the Vaalimaa checkpoint, two Russians passed the car queues by cycling across the border.

Traffic on the Vaalimaa border steadily picked up throughout Thursday evening, with some 100 cars in line on the Russian side of the border close to midnight. One of the cyclists told Yle that biking was the quickest way across at that point.

Going forward, Russian nationals now need special reasons to enter the country, such as work or to visit family members.

The new restriction also prevents Russians from transiting through Finland to other countries.

The government on Thursday said (siirryt toiseen palveluun) entry restrictions for Russian would remain in force until further notice.

This week's episode of All Points North explores the security considerations following Finland's decision to restrict the entry of Russian tourists. You can listen to the full podcast using the embedded player here, via Yle Areena, on Spotify or via the options found in this article.

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