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.

Remote controlled video-cams record all trafic into Finland from Norway.

Remote controlled video cameras are now monitoring all vehicles crossing in and out at Finland’s northernmost border crossing point.

Van Rumpuy, Medvedev, Barroso (photo:

The Russia-EU Summit in Rostov-on-Don gave no breakthrough in talks on visa-free travel. Still, the Russian side managed to push the issue a big step forward.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the position of the European Union is “indecent” when it comes to negotiations on visa-free travel.

Alexander Stubb, Foreign Minister of Finland.

Finland’s Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb opens state-of-the-art visa centre in St. Petersburg with 83 service counters and more than 200 employees.

The Norwegian border to Russia will be the first of the external Schengen borders that will be partly open for visa free travel

Russia says border crossings check point to Norway can’t extend the working hours due to limitations of existing infrastructure.

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.

This week’s introduction of visa-free border crossings for residents of the designated border area is another sign of growing cross-border cooperation between Norway and Russia.

Sergey Lavrov lashes out against the delays in introducing visa-freedom between Russia and the EU. The reasons for not cancelling visa demands are not of technical or administrative nature, he says.

Both Norway and Finland issued a record peak of Schengen visas to inhabitants in Barents Russia in 2012.

How long time does the 230 kilometer long journey take for a letter between Kirkenes and Murmansk? We have tested.

The Storskog-Borisoglebsk border crossing point between Norway and Russia saw a record number of 320,042 crossings in 2013.

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

Finnish police car

Burglars on the run get harder times in the Swedish – Finnish borderland as police forces will be allowed to cross the state border.