Finland opens passenger railway checkpoint with Russia from 18 October

The Finnish government has decided to open the Vainikkala passenger railway checkpoint from October 18, through which all passenger traffic with Russia passes, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.

“From 18.10.2021, the Vainikkala checkpoint will be open for passengers,” the message says.

The railway connection between the Russian Federation and Finland was closed in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry into Finland is permitted for anyone vaccinated with vaccines approved by WHO or the European Medical Regulator. There are no Russian vaccines among them.

Finland also allows entry from countries where the level of coronavirus disease, according to Finnish experts, is minimal. The list of these countries is reviewed twice a month. Tourism restrictions for all other countries are valid until October 24.