Situation at Finland’s eastern border

The border crossing points on the land border between Finland and Russia will remain closed until further notice. It is not possible to submit applications for international protection at any border crossing points on the land border between Finland and Russia at this time. In addition, the border crossing points for maritime traffic at Haapasaari, the port of Nuijamaa and Santio are closed to leisure boating.

Since the beginning of August 2023, more than 1,300 third-country nationals have arrived in Finland from Russia without a visa. According to the authorities, it was clear that foreign authorities or other actors were facilitating instrumentalised migration. This phenomenon and the risk of its escalation posed a serious threat to national security and public order in Finland.

The restrictions on entry are based on the Border Guard Act. The content and scope of the decision will be regularly assessed as the situation develops. The decision will be repealed or amended if it is no longer necessary in order to ensure public order and national security. 

In its session on 21 May, the Government decided to submit a proposal to Parliament for a border security act. The aim of the new act is to improve border security and ensure that Finland has effective means at its disposal to combat instrumentalised migration that is being used to pressure Finland. The aim is also to prepare for more serious instances of instrumentalised migration. The act would only be used in highly exceptional situations.