How to get to Finland by car
As soon as you got a visa and booked a place to live, the question immediately arises, but how do I get there? The easiest way to get to anywhere in Finland is with your own car..
When crossing the border, Finnish border guards impose the following requirements on the car:
- Driver’s license. Russian rights are valid on the territory of Finland; nothing additional is required. A driver’s license issued in Russia or the USSR is also valid in Finland.
- Serviceability of headlights, turn signals, brakes, wheels and steering. When driving on roads around the clock and year round, headlights (dipped beam) must be switched on. It is recommended to keep dipped beam also on in settlements.
- The minimum allowable tread depth of the summer wheel in Finland is 1.6 mm. It is forbidden to use winter and summer tires at the same time.
- The use of radar detectors in Finland is strictly prohibited. Even an unincluded radar in the glove compartment of your car is a violation of the law.
- Temporary driver’s license in Finland is not valid.
- Green card (“green card”) – a policy of insurance of civil liability of car owners in Europe. Cost – about 300 rubles for the minimum option (2 weeks). The easiest way is to purchase in St. Petersburg (at any travel agency offering a cottage vacation in Finland), but it is also possible in Vyborg or at a Green card sales point near customs.
- The presence of a sticker belonging to your country (RUS, for example).
- Lack of tinting the front windows of the car. Dimming the windshield and front windows is allowed only within the limits allowed by the manufacturer.
- The light transmission of the windshield should be at least 75% and the front side windows 70%. Many car manufacturers darken the windows to the maximum, but the windows look transparent. Additional blackout, for example with a light-protective film, is prohibited in Finland. And this requirement of the Finnish side is so serious that in a situation you have to either turn home to your homeland or peel off the film right at the border.
- Winter tires and spikes – Winter tires (without spikes) can be used year-round, however, from December 1 to the last day of February, the period of their mandatory use is set, and the tread depth of this type of tire should be at least 3 mm. The rubber must be branded (M + S). The use of winter tires with studs is allowed only during the period from 01.11 to 31.03, but the specified terms are allowed to be exceeded if the use of these tires is necessary due to weather conditions. The use of summer tires with a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm is allowed from 01.03 to 30.11 (i.e. in the summer you will not be allowed on bald tires either).
- Inspection ticket Finns do not ask.
General rules for winter tires
In winter – you need winter (M + S) tires, tread depth of at least 3 mm, spikes are optional.
In summer – summer or winter studless, depth not less than 1.6 mm.
The simultaneous use of studded and studless tires on a car is unacceptable.
It is forbidden to use tires of different types on the same axle. Different type on different axes – not forbidden.
Rubber on wheels at customs is checked quite often..
Duty-free import into the country of 10 liters of fuel in cans is allowed.
A few words about customs regulations:
In Finland, every citizen over 18 years old can import up to 200 units duty free. cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of pipe and cigarette tobacco, up to 100 grams of tea or 40 grams of tea extract and tea essence, up to 50 grams of perfume and 0.25 liters of toilet water, and for tourists who are at least 15 years old – 500 grams of coffee or 200 gr of coffee essence.
If the length of stay in Finland will exceed 72 hours, then each citizen over the age of 18 years can bring up to 1 liter of spirits (stronger than 22%) OR 2 liters of aperitifs (max. 22%) OR 2 liters of champagne, and in addition to 2 liters of wine AND up to 16 liters of beer.
Having reached Helsinki further, you can follow a car, ferry, plane or other means of transportation anywhere in the Schengen area.
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