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Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.

Russian President calls on the Federal Security Service (FSB) collegium to make priority to Arctic border infrastructure.

People participating in culture-, sport and Barents cooperation projects can from October apply for visa to Norway without paying a single ruble, says Marit Egholm Jacobsen with the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.

Travelers from Arkhangelsk are told to apply at least one month prior to departure and should add another 770 rubles in fee.

The Finnish Border Guard says it’s concerned about the security along the eastern border with Russia, as budgetary cutbacks have caused a 40 percent drop in patrols in recent years.

 

Norway takes measures as the influx of refugees across its Arctic border to Russia increases.

The Governor of Svalbard wants to know the identity of all air passenger arriving to the Arctic archipelago. 

For the first time since 1947 Norwegian and Russian authorities are adjusting the 196 kilometers long border between the two countries. 

Consequences for cross-border traveling and cooperation could be dramatic as Schengen countries and Russia tit-for-tat introduce biometric visas.

So far this year 58 asylum seekers have crossed the border from Russian into Norway. 55 of them came from Syria.

The number of border-crossing between Norway and Russia plummeted nearly 18 percent in May compared to 2014.

Even though most diplomatic contacts are on freezing level between Norway and Russia, there are no changes for the annual Norwegian-Russian search and rescue exercises in the Barents Sea.

 

The Border Commissariat will not be merged with the police as part of a nationwide police reform, while the two existing police districts in Finnmark will be united into one.

20,273 border-crossings were counted in April, down 21,6 percent compared with April 2014. 

Russia works seven days a week with new highway to the border, but the Norwegian Public Roads Administration today announced that the new highway on their side will not open before 2017.