On 15 December 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki issued an alert regarding the status of Finland-Russia border crossings, which reads in part as follows: “Finnish authorities have announced the closure of the entire eastern border after a temporary reopening of the Vaalimaa and Niirala eastern border crossings. This measure will begin at 8 p.m. on December 15, 2023, and remain in effect until January 14, 2024.  During this month-long period, all land border crossing points between Finland and Russia will be closed. U.S. Embassy Helsinki anticipates the following status for Finland/Russia ports of entry:

  • The Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra, Niirala, Vartius, Kuusamo, Salla, and Raja-Jooseppiborder crossing points are all closed until January 14, 2024.

“You can find the latest border crossing status and requirements for entry to Finland from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.”

The full text of the alert is available here.