The restriction on entry to Finland will remain in effect until at least February 9, and may be extended
Restarting flights between Russia and Finland since the end of January does not mean automatically the opening of the border for Russian tourists or restarting the visa issuance process. Since January 27, Russia will resume flights to four more countries, including Finland. Flights to Helsinki at the first stage can be operated from Moscow and St. Petersburg twice a week.
Following this decision of the Russian government, Aeroflot will resume regular flights from Moscow to Helsinki from January 28. Departures will be carried out twice a week. The cost of round-trip tickets starts from 177 Euros.
Finnair also plans to resume flights from Helsinki to St. Petersburg from 28 February. Flights to Moscow will return to the carrier's schedule from March 2. Tickets cost from 133 Euros RT.
However, Russian tourists will not be able to use air transportation to Finland. As it was recalled in the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg, the restriction on entry to Finland will remain in effect until at least February 9, and may be extended.
Finland has launched COVID-19 testing of all arrivals from abroad. Since January 19, such checks have been carried out on the Finnish-Russian border.
Finland allows entry from Russia only to certain categories of citizens, for example, residence permit holders, students of Finnish universities, employees of Suomi companies, seasonal workers.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.