Finnish Police roadblock. Picture by Tom Brunberg (Unsplash)

Since September 16, Russian cars are banned from entry in Finland: only minibusses ( >10 seats), larger buses, cargo trucks, diplomatic cars and vehicles in humanitarian transport are allowed to cross the border. The decision comes after the European Commission on September 8 underlined that sanctions imposed on Russia include a ban on cars with Russian registration plates from entering the EU. Russian registered cars already in Finland will have six months to leave the country. With the Norway-Russia border still open for private cars over six cross-border roads with only random Customs checks, questions arise on how to control the borders between Norway and Finnish Lapland. Norway is still considering adopting the latest restrictions.