Withdrawal of cash euros from Russians when crossing the Finnish border is explained by EU sanctions. This was announced on August 30 at the customs of the country.
As noted by the Finnish Customs Control Department, the reason was Article 5i of the EU Council Regulation.
“It is prohibited to sell, deliver, transfer or export banknotes denominated in any official currency of a Member State [of the European Union] to Russia or to any person or entity, organization or body in Russia, including the government and the Central Bank of Russia, or for use in Russia “, – quotes the statement of customs officers RBC .
On August 29, information appeared that Finnish customs officers offered to take the euros confiscated from the Russians for safekeeping at the border. According to a man flying to Belgrade via Helsinki, Finnish customs officers are taking funds under the pretext of EU sanctions, which prohibit the import of European currencies into Russia.
There are no restrictions on the storage period of money. Customs officials assured the man that he would be able to collect his money when he entered Europe again.
Also on August 29, Finland published new rules for applying for short-term tourism entry permits.
VFS Global Visa Application Center will only accept documents for tourist visas on Mondays in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk and Murmansk. Applications should only be submitted in the category that matches the purpose of the trip. Under the new rules, only 2,000 tourist visa slots will be available to applicants from all over Russia every month.
A proposal to ban the issuance of Schengen visas to Russian citizens was submitted to the European Union on 10 August. The day before, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Western countries to close entry for Russians.