Finland, where borders have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, has expanded the list of reasons for Russians to enter the country. This was announced on Tuesday, August 11, by the broadcasting state corporation YLE with reference to the country’s border guard.
Now, Russians who have a “social partner” living in the country can come to Finland. The Border Guard does not distinguish between the gender relations of partners, formal or civil marriage, the report says.
Also, partners are considered to be people who are in a relationship, but mostly live in different countries. We are talking about people who came to the birth of a child, due to illness of a relative, their wedding.
“You can also come if the partner permanently residing in Finland is a citizen of the European Union or the Schengen area,” the border guards said.
The change will affect those arriving from Canada, USA, Australia and Turkey. At the same time, each entry into Finland will be decided on an individual basis at the border.
As reported at the end of July, Finland may open borders with Russia from August 25, provided that the incidence of coronavirus is no more than eight cases per 100 thousand people.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Russia has closed regular and charter flights with all countries since March 27. Only flights with which Russians were returned home were allowed. Since the beginning of August, flights have resumed to Turkey, Great Britain and Tanzania.