Repair work at the Vaalimaa border crossing point

This project will develop the Vaalimaa border crossing point infrastructure, buildings, information systems and fluoroscope equipment. The project belongs to the Southeast Finland – Russia CBC programme. The project will reach completion in 2021.

Aerial photo of Vaalimaa border crossing point in 2015

Background to the project

The Vaalimaa Border Guard Station is the busiest border crossing point for passenger traffic between Finland and Russia. It is located in the village of Vaalimaa, in Virolahti municipality.
When it opened in 1958, Vaalimaa-Torfjanovka was the first road crossing point between Finland and the Soviet Union.

The Russian border station is called Torfjanovka ( МАПП Торфяновка / MAPP Torfjanovka in Russian, which translates as Torfjanovka International Vehicle Inspection Point). In 2018, a total of 2 411 000 border crossings were recorded at the Vaalimaa border crossing point.

Project costs and funding

The Southeast Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 is aimed at increasing the appeal of the region. The programme is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland. The EU Commission has approved funding for a total of six projects to improve security and traffic flow at border crossing points between Finland and Russia.

The ENI CBC (European Neighbourhood Instrument, Cross Border Cooperation) funding agreement relating to the development of the Imatra border crossing point was signed between the EU and Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) on 1 March 2019.

The budget for the development project is €5.60 million, of which €4.48 million is covered by the funding received. FTIA’s co-financing of the project totals €1.28 million, of which €1.03 million will be covered by funding support.

The project will be implemented within three years of the signing of the funding agreement.

Objectives of the project

The Vaalimaa border crossing point development project will develop road lane arrangements in order to improve traffic flow. Working arrangements for inspection staff will be improved through the development of surveillance systems. The capacity of the border crossing station will increase slightly thanks to these new arrangements, and this increase will suffice for the long term.

Participating in the project are FTIA, the South-east Finland ELY Centre, the Finnish Border Guard, Finnish Customs, Senate Properties, the St. Petersburg Directorate and ITM Oy.

Progress of project

The funding agreement between the Southeast Finland - Russia CBC and FTIA was signed on 1 May 2019.

The Southeast Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 is aimed at supporting the external borders of the European Union using funding from the the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.

Page updated 12.05.2020