The Finnish authorities have decided to open the Vainikkala railway checkpoint for passenger traffic with Russia from 18 October. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the country’s Interior Ministry.
“From 18.10.2021, the Vainikkala checkpoint will be open for passengers,” the ministry said in a statement. Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Denis Manturov, who is on a visit to Helsinki, confirmed that the Russian side had given its consent to this, but was awaiting the decision of the Finnish colleagues.
As a reminder, rail transport between the two countries was suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Entry into Suomi is now allowed for those who are vaccinated with drugs approved by WHO or the European Medicines Agency. In addition, citizens of countries that the Finns refer to as zones of minimum risk can cross the border, this list is regularly revised. Otherwise, the restrictions on tourism are valid until October 24 (but can also be extended).