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Message for U.S. Citizens: Extended Restrictions for Eastern Border Crossing  (January 12, 2024)
January 12, 2024

United States Embassy Helsinki, Finland

Message for U.S. Citizens: Extended Restrictions for Eastern Border Crossing

January 12, 2024

Location:   Finland, countrywide

Event:  Finnish authorities have announced an extension of the existing closure of the entire eastern border until February 11, 2024.  During this 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-Jooseppi border crossing points are all closed until February 11, 2024.

You can find the latest border crossing status and requirements for entry to Finland from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.
The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine or emergency services to U.S. citizens in Russia is severely limited, particularly in areas far from the U.S. embassy in Moscow, due to Russian government limitations on travel for U.S. embassy personnel and staffing, and the ongoing suspension of operations, including consular services, at U.S. consulates in Russia.

At this time, U.S. citizens are advised not to travel to Russia.  More information on the State Department’s Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) can be found on travel.state.gov.


Actions to Take:

  •      Monitor local media for updates.
  •      Do not travel to Russia.
  •      Review the State Department’s Russia Departure site for further information.


For further information:


  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444