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.
Border guard service of FSB shrinks the formal border zone so towns like Nikel and Zapolyarny can freely be visited. The checkpoint at Titovka is gone and the area is ready become Russia’s first zone for visa free travel with a Schengen-country.