Situation at the eastern border

The Government has decided that the border crossing points on the land border between Finland and Russia will remain closed as of 15 April 2024. In addition, the border crossing points for maritime traffic at Haapasaari, the port of Nuijamaa and Santio will be closed to leisure boating as of 15 April. The Government decided on the matter in its session on 4 April 2024. The decision will remain in force until further notice, but no longer than is necessary. 

By closing border crossing points for maritime traffic to leisure boating, the Government aims to ensure that instrumentalised migration will not expand to maritime traffic. This would be dangerous to people seeking to enter Finland and would burden maritime search and rescue. 

As of 15 April 2024, it is only possible to submit applications for international protection at other border crossing points for maritime traffic and at border crossing points for air traffic. 

Based on information provided by public authorities, the risk that instrumentalised migration will resume and expand as seen previously remains likely.