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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.

Refugees find Arctic route to Norway via Russia, but appear to shun neighboring Finland.

SALMIJERVI: Contrary to earlier plans, FSB border guards reinforce the physical protection along Russia’s border to Norway. A brand new, and partly double barbed wire fence is now under construction.

The first ever agreement on visa-free travel between Russia and a Schengen-member state was signed in Oslo today. The agreement stipulates how the population in the near-border areas can cross the border only by showing their ID-card.

Almost 5000 asylum seekers have crossed the Norwegian-Russian border since the European migrant crisis arose. The Norwegian government decides to toughen the asylum regulations.

Welcome to Finland.

A record high number of 6,8 million people crossed the Finnish-Russian border in 2010. Also the countries’ northernmost checkpoints experienced an all-time-high of travelers.

KALININGRAD. The European Parliament will on 14 December vote on the establishment of a multi-million people visa-free zone between Kaliningrad and Poland.

Levi ski-resort in Lapland is a popular destination for Russians visiting Finland in the winter.

Russians will flow over the border to Finland this Christmas with a peak expected between January 2nd and 4th.

Aeroflot aircraft

Russia proposes to the EU that visa regulations should be abolished for passengers on regular cross-border flights.

Photo: Barentsphoto.com

280,625 people crossed the borders in or out of Murmansk Oblast over the last year.

Radoslav Sikorski (Wikipedia)

The Polish government wants to include all of Kaliningrad Oblast in a visa-free travel regime with the EU, Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski confirms.

The Storskog border station (BarentsPhoto.com)

In early May this year a group of eight Afghans showed up at the Norwegian border station of Storskog. According to newspaper Aftenposten, Russian authorities and border guards actively assisted the refugees getting across the border.

Norway has spent €1.5 million on demanded temporary expansion of the Storskog border passing point in order to meet the increased traffic across the border to Russia.

Finland is Tuesday announcing the opening of a dedicated visa center in Murmansk. Norway’s Consul General Øyvind Nordsletten hopes to join, but are awaiting formalities.