Finland will limit the acceptance of Russian documents for visas from September
The Finnish government has taken an official decision to limit the acceptance of visa applications in Russia. Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said this in comments to local media on August 26.
He said that according to the results of the government meeting, Finland will limit the number of accepted applications to 10% of the current level. Finland currently receives about a thousand visa applications from Russia per day.
The restriction comes into force "at the beginning of September".
The government is also supporting a new type of humanitarian visa, which, for example, will allow civic activists and journalists more easily travel to Finland, Haavisto said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared a model. According to this document, priority will be given to those who apply for a visa for family reasons, work or study. This step will reduce the number of issued tourist visas.
According to Haavisto, Greece, Italy and Spain currently issue the most number of visas to Russians.