Finland has introduced 24-hour controls on its border with Norway to prevent the entry of cars with Russian license plates. Helsinki introduced a ban on their entry on September 16, but cars from Russia could enter Finland through Norway, which still allows them in.
Previously, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania banned the entry of cars with Russian license plates. Vilnius made an exception for cars traveling to or from Kaliningrad. Together with Finland, Poland also joined the ban on October 16.
Thus, now the only EU country that has a land border with Russia and that continues to accept Russian cars is Norway. However, cars that had already entered could move between European countries thanks to virtually no border controls between them.
Norway is also introducing a ban on the entry of passenger cars registered in Russia from October 3. After this date, Russian car owners will be completely deprived of the opportunity to enter the European Union with their cars.
On September 8, the European Commission clarified the procedure for applying sanctions, according to which the customs of EU countries has the right not to allow goods from Russia, the import of which is prohibited, into the bloc, including cars and personal belongings of Russians. A few days later, clarifications were published, according to which customs authorities should pay attention primarily to cars.
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