“Fontanka” reported cases of withdrawal of the euro from the Russians on the Finnish border
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Finnish customs officials last week confiscated from a resident of St. with reference to the Russian. According to the publication, users of the “On the border” chat talk about similar cases. on Telegram, where reports about crossing the Finnish border are published.
The incident occurred when the Russian was returning home by car through the Vaalimaaa— Torfyanovka. According to Yury, when he went through passport control, the customs officers asked how much money he was carrying in cash, and then they seized euro bills, citing EU sanctions.
Employees showed Yuri an excerpt from the Finnish Customs Regulations, which states that “the export of banknotes of the official EU currency to Russia is prohibited.” except for personal use, which means the use of money for lodging, meals, transportation or for purchases. “Fontanka” published a photo of the memo, according to which the export of money to Russia for relatives and friends, as well as the export of “unused funds of an individual returning home to Russia” are not considered personal use. The ban has no lower limit, “sanctions can apply to any amount, even if it does not need to be declared to customs,” the document says.
Yuri was offered either to transfer the seized money at the border to someone who travels to Finland, or to leave it for storage at the checkpoint and later pick it up when re-entering the country, since the storage period is not limited. He chose the second option, the customs officers drew up a detailed act indicating the denomination of banknotes and the total amount. note that Finnish customs officers are usually not interested in the amount being transported, and when it comes to this, in most cases they are satisfied with the answer “«€300», Fontanka writes.
On March 2, the European Union, as part of sanctions imposed in response to the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, banned the sale and delivery of euro banknotes to Russia. The ban applies to all Russian individuals and legal entities, organizations or bodies, including the government and the Central Bank, or “for use in Russia”. It does not apply to cases where banknotes are needed for personal use, as well as for official purposes by diplomatic missions, consulates or international organizations in Russia, which have immunity in accordance with international law. At the same time, the EU document did not specify a limit on the amount for import by individuals for personal needs.
Shortly after that, the Lithuanian customs introduced a limit on the export of cash to Russia and Belarus. Up to «60 can be carried across the border «for personal use». In other currencies, the amount of cash for transportation is not limited.
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