Message for U.S. Citizens: Updates for Eastern Border Crossings with Finland / U.S. Embassy Russia, Moscow

Location: Russia/Finland border

Event: Finnish authorities have announced the closure of its border with Russia after a temporary reopening of the Vaalimaa and Niirala crossings.  This measure will remain in effect until January 14, 2024.  During this month-long period, all other land border crossing points between Finland and Russia will remain closed.  U.S. Embassy Moscow anticipates the following status for Finland/Russia ports of entry:

  • The Vaalimaa, Niirala, Nuijamaa, Imatra, Salla, Kuusamo, Vartius, and Raja-Jooseppi border  points will remain closed until January 14, 2024.

You can find the latest border crossing status and requirements for entry to Finland from the Finnish Border Guards 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 to not travel to Russia, or if they are already in Russia, to depart immediately – more information on the State Department’s Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) can be found on

Actions to Take: 

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Do not travel to Russia, or depart immediately.
  • Review the State Department’s Russia Departure page for further information.


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