5 billion rubles will be invested in the development of the customs and border infrastructure of Karelia
At the initiative of the Head of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov, in 2021, the Government of Russia made a decision to allocate 5 billion rubles for the large-scale reconstruction of the most popular multilateral automobile checkpoints in the Karelian section of the Russian-Finnish state border, Vyartsilya and Lyuttya. The front end engineering development has already begun.
These activities were included in the Production Program of "Rosgranstroy", which ensures implementation of the work on reconstruction, arrangement and maintenance of the checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation at the federal level. In total, about five billion rubles will be allocated for these purposes in the next few years. The front end engineering development has already begun. By the summer 2022, the work specification for construction documents should be formed.
Another significant result of the work on the development of border infrastructure in 2021 was the inclusion of the Vyartsilya and Lutta checkpoints in the list of checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation. Foreign citizens enter and leave the country through these checkpoints on the basis of a single electronic visa. They continue the work on inclusion of the northernmost Suoperya border crossing point in the specified list.
Currently, the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which issues this type of visas, has suspended their issuance. However, after the restrictions imposed in connection with the coronavirus pandemic are lifted, foreign citizens from 52 countries of the world will be able to freely visit Karelia for cultural, humanitarian and business purposes without spending serious efforts and funds on obtaining the necessary permits.