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.
20 percent more people crossed the Russian-Norwegian border in the first six months 2010 compared with the same period last year. The main reason is Russians going to Kirkenes for shopping on Saturdays.
IVALO: Passengers from Murmansk find it attractive to cross the border to Finland and Norway when flying to European destinations. Border crossings between Russia and Lapland have increased with 41 percent so far this year.