Entering Russia is difficult these days, and the bus schedules are uncertain too, as is the queue to St Petersburg from Helsinki - which is my route. If I'm fortunate and there are no queues, I might end up on the Russian side of the Finland/Russia border before my visa is valid. My visa becomes valid at 00:01 on 1. April, but I might at the earliest show up at the Russian border checkpoint at 31.03 23:00.

Will I be denied entry for an hour? Or worse, told to gtfo and never come into Russia again?

  • If needed, can't you just hang around the border for a bit to ensure that you won't enter early?
    – Peter M
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 0:02
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    @PeterM: If you're crossing the border on a bus, you might not have a choice to delay your entry. Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 0:18
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    That is the situation @PeterM
    – KNN
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 6:41
  • @GregHewgill For some reason (mostly ignorance) I was thinking that you didn't stay on the bus when you crossed the border, and then joined a new bus on the other side.
    – Peter M
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 13:14


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