Situation at the eastern border

The border crossing points on the land border between Finland and Russia will remain closed until 14 April 2024. The Government decided on the matter on 8 February 2024. Goods traffic through Vainikkala will continue. At Finland's external borders, it will be possible to apply for international protection at open border crossing points for air and maritime traffic.

The decision made in February will extend the uninterrupted total closure of Finland's eastern border to around four months. Under the current circumstances, it is a necessary and proportionate measure, as instrumentalised migration poses a serious threat to Finland's national security and public order.

Based on information provided by the authorities, it is still very likely that Russia's hybrid influence activities will resume and expand.