Over half the respondents would like to see Russia stop issuing Russian tourists visas
More than half of Finns want their country to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, a poll by Finland’s state broadcaster Yle has shown.
The study published Thursday found that 58% support such a move while 24% oppose it. 18% remain undecided.
In the poll which was conducted in August among a thousand Finns, it also showed that men between 50-64 were most supportive of Russian tourist bans.
Russia and Finland share an 1,340-kilometer (832 mile) border. The Nordic country is a favorite destination for Russians for shopping and holidays.
About 20,000 Russians crossed daily into Finland to visit their relatives before the Covid-19 epidemic. The Covid-related travel restrictions that were placed in 2020 on visitors caused a drop in visitor numbers, however they are now at an upward trend since mid-July when both countries removed the restraints.
Serveral Finnish lawmakers have called for a tightening of visa rules for Russians in response to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
Finland can’t stop Russians from getting visas – media
Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto is expected to discuss the visa issue with the government on Thursday, according to the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.
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