Previously, Finland had waived some of the paperwork requirements but this will now change. The main changes to the system mean that tourists and other private visitors will have to provide more proof of financial means, proof of accommodation during the trip and travel tickets.
The tighter visa application rules were criticized by opposition politician Kai Mykkänen (NCP), but the Head of Visa Unit at the Finnish Consulate General in St Petersburg told News Now Finland the move was something Finland “had to do sooner or later.”
“We’re not doing anything that the other Schengen countries weren’t already doing and we wanted to do it after the summer so that it would affect as little as possible to Russians’ summer vacations” said Anneli Nummelin.
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