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Russian tourists returning to their homeland, fearing the euro can be confiscated by Finnish customs officials, hide their cash in Finnish forests. It was similar with the Finns in the times of the USSR, who hid rubles beyond the eastern border, writes the daily “Ilta-Sanomat”.

Describing the current practices of some tourists, the newspaper cites, inter alia, on Russian-language discussion groups on social media. The Saint Petersburg news site Fontanka even writes about Fr. underground “vaults” emerging on the Finnish side.

This is with the next trip to Finland in mind, “Ilta-Sanomat” points out.

I wrapped 300 euro in foil and put it in a half-liter bottle. Returning from Lappeenranta (border town) I buried it under a tree. We are going back in early October. Let’s hope no one will find them before us – described one of the tourists.

Once upon a time, Finns, lovers of Russian vodka, visiting the vicinity of Leningrad resorted to similar tricks, “IS” recalls. The ruble had to be used in full before returning to Finland, and sometimes in the USSR there was not much attractive to buy. The most active had their hiding places with rubles in the Isthmus of Karelian.

In line with the present sanctions imposed on Russia, the export of EU currencies in banknotes is prohibited. That is why some Russians exchange them, for example, in dollars or pounds before returning to the country.

Finnish radio Yle reported that the Customs Service of Finland (Tulli) confiscates euro from returning Russians every day. However, he does not keep statistics in this regard. According to the stories of some travelers, Finnish customs officials may also propose to leave cash at the station for deposit. According to the Customs Service, there is no such possibility and it is not practiced.

According to official guidelines, travelers to Russia can transport currency in banknotes for their own use, e.g. accommodation, meals, transport or shopping. However, this does not apply to people permanently residing in Russia, or transport for relatives or friends. Tulli also points out that there is no minimum permitted amount of cash to be transported and that any amount may be subject to sanctions.

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