Finland is set to temporarily reinstate border controls for passengers arriving from the Schengen Area as of Friday, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
The objective of the temporary measure is to prevent people who could pose a threat to security or public order from entering the country before and during the widely anticipated summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, 16 July.
The Ministry of the Interior is according to the newspaper expected to propose to the government that the border controls be reinstated for four days, whereas the government is to make its final decision on the reinstatement in its meeting on Friday.
“Resuming internal border controls seems likely,” Kimmo Elomaa, a deputy project manager at the Finnish Border Guard, told Helsingin Sanomat.
“The emphasis will probably be on traffic to Finland,” he added.
Helsingin Sanomat highlights that the border controls will not affect all passengers entering Finland. The Finnish Border Guard, it reveals, will focus its efforts especially on important airports, ports and the land borders in Northern Finland.
Finland abolished border controls for passengers arriving from the Schengen Area in 2001.
Reinstating the controls would be a rare but not altogether unprecedented measure, according to Helsingin Sanomat: border controls were re-introduced temporarily for the duration of the World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki in 2005 and a foreign policy meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Helsinki in 2008.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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