On the border between Finland and Russia there are 9 international border checkpoints: Vaalimaa, Vainikkala, Nuijamaa, Imatra, Niirala, Vartius, Kuusamo, Salla, and Raja-Jooseppi. At Vainikkala there is only a train crossing.
The amount of people crossing the border has greatly increased during the last 5 years in Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra, and Niirala. The increase in heavy traffic has slowed down, but regular traffic has increased steadily due to Russian shopping and recreational travelling. The planning of the traffic arrangements of border crossings is continuous because of the growing traffic volume.
Traffic planning for the border crossings differs from regular road planning because it has to take into account the areas in connection with border management.
- Constructing the ‘Nothing to Declare’ Checkpoint for Cars at the Border Checkpoint in Imatra
- Separating Cargo Transport from Regular Traffic at Vaalimaa
- Constructing the ‘Nothing to Declare’ Lanes and Traffic Guidance for Cars and Heavy Traffic at the Border Checkpoint in Niirala
- Separating Cargo Transport in Nuijamaa.
Construction is under way at Imatra and Vaalimaa. In Niirala, construction will begin in spring 2014. At Raja-Jooseppi, the most northern border crossing point, project planning has started.