A Russian national has been expelled from Finland and the entire Schengen area and will remain banned from entering the 26-country zone for the next four years.
According to DIP, the man attempted to re-enter Russia on a multiple-entry French visa, which border guards have already confiscated, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
During the checks, the authorities discovered that there were 12 fake stamps on the Russian foreign passport, and the person was previously accused of falsifying documents and violating the rights of foreign nationals.
The sources further reveal that the Russian citizen has exceeded the duration of stay in the European Union by 69 days, while a Schengen visa allows third-country nationals to stay in the bloc of 27 countries for up to 90 days. within 90 days. six months. In this case, it is allowed to cross the border more than once.
It should be noted that there are many disputes and contradictory statements regarding crossing the Russian-Finnish border, as Russian nationals are carefully examined to find out whether they have euros and the currency is not withdrawn for personal needs, in which case it may be confiscated. .
The incident follows the new ban which began to apply to Russians on September 1. Specifically, since Thursday, Russian nationals applying for tourist visas can expect fewer positive responses, as Finnish authorities will cut positive rates on such applications by 90%.
This means that only 100 tourist visa applications submitted by Russians can be approved. In addition, local media explain that tourist visa applications for these nationals will be processed on Monday in four cities – St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Murmansk and Moscow.
“We have become irritated at the idea of Finland becoming a transit country when air links from St Petersburg and Moscow to the West are not working. They arrive at Helsinki airport and immediately go on vacation elsewhere. That’s not the role Finland wants.” Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told Yle News.
Several European countries, including Denmark, Poland, Czechia, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, had already introduced visa restrictions for Russian nationals in solidarity with the Ukrainian people stuck in the war zone. since February 24, when Russia launched a military campaign. offensive.
However, not all European countries agreed on the issue, as Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Germany all refused to impose limitations on the issuance of visas to Russian citizens, some of them them claiming it’s Putin’s regime that should be targeted. , not ordinary people.
Despite the restrictions, the number of Russian nationals buying property in Finland has skyrocketed. As Finnish media reported, 212 real estate transactions of Russian citizens were made in the first half of 2022.