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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.

Russians living in Murmansk Oblast are now traveling more often to Norway than to Finland, according to Russian data.

A new border-crossing point between Norway and Russia is one step closer to realization as Norway’s Armed Forces have offered to clear the building site of WWII explosives for a lot less than civilian contractors.

For Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg a border is more than a line on the map. After 24 years on duty it has become his biggest hobby to study borders around the world.

Finns and Russians are visiting each other’s country more seldom. The number of visas issued in both countries has declined significantly in 2014.

IMF says Russia’s GDP risks to fall starkly to the downside this year. However, June had a 10 percent increase in travel from Murmansk region to Norway.

PASVIK: See the quick response of the Norwegian border guards. BOTV got a chance to film an alarm exercise.

PASVIK VALLEY: Norwegian Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide opens a brand new € 17 million border station, as Norway’s military cooperation with the Russian neighbour is put on hold.

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.

The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.

Norway’s General Consulate plans to keep its doors open for people applying for border citizen certificates, without them having to take a day off from work.

30 percent of population on Norwegian side is granted visa-freedom while only 3 percent in Pechenga has got the same rights.

Russia will start collecting fingerprints from foreigners applying for visa. For Barents travelers, personal appearance to the nearest diplomatic mission can be too expensive.