Development of the Imatra border crossing point

The Imatra Border Guard Station is one of the busiest international border crossing points between Finland and Russia. The station is responsible for maintaining border security and other surveillance tasks within its area of operation.

The name of the border station on the Russian side is Svetogorsk. The Imatra border crossing point is the third busiest border guard station on Finland's eastern border: in 2018 a total of 1 526 000 border crossings were recorded, of which 700 000 were vehicles.

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 FTIA on 1 March 2019.

The budget for the development project is €5.23 million, of which €4.18 million is covered by the funding received. The project will be implemented within three years of the signing of the funding agreement.

Objectives of the project

The Imatra border crossing development project will improve transport security and traffic flow for both road and rail traffic. The conditions for rail transport will be developed at the border crossing point through the addition of a new fluoroscope. Road traffic arrangements will be developed to improve traffic flow, including the transfer of the tax free return point to a new location. Working arrangements for inspection staff will be improved through the development of surveillance systems. The capacity of the border crossing station will increase thanks to these new arrangements, and this increase will should for the long term.

Participating in the project are FTIA, the Southeast Finland ELY Centre, the Finnish Border Guard, Finnish Customs, the St. Petersburg Directorate, ITM Oy and Finrail.

Progress of project

The funding agreement between the EU and FTIA for the development of the Imatra border crossing point has been signed and the planning of the repair work has begun. Construction work is estimated to begin in spring 2020.

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 12.03.2020