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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.

Norway takes measures as the influx of refugees across its Arctic border to Russia increases.

Finland, Russia

Finnish transport companies operating across the Finnish-Russian border pay an annual average of more than 50,000 EUR in bribes, YLE reports.

The BorisGleb checkpoint on Russia-Norwegian border

The Russian Border Agency (Rosgranitsa) wants to facilitate cross-border travelling with the development of service infrastructure, accommodation and places to eat near the border checkpoints.

Russian cars are lining up to cross the border to Norway every Saturday morning.

People from Russia’s Kola Peninsula are queuing up for crossing the border after Norwegian authorities softened the visa-regulations. Cross-border Saturday shopping is the new fashion among Murmansk citizens.

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb talking in Petrozavodsk.

I believe that a visa-free regime between Russia and the EU could be introduced in 2018, Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb says.

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

Norway and Russia could pioneer border crossing facilities on an external Schengen border.

Reconstruction of Storskog border station. Winter 2012.

Norway is urgently expanding its border station to Russia to meet booming traffic. The new constructions will however soon be demolished to clear the way for a brand new border station.

Marina Kovtun becomes member of the Northwest Russian Council on Cross-Border Cooperation.

A 72-hour visa-free transit regime will be introduced in the cities of Moscow, Sankt Petersburg and Kazan, the Russian minister of culture says.

MURMANSK: Elena Goncharuk is servicing one of the 13 counters at Norway’s new visa center in Murmansk where customers are guaranteed to have their paperwork done in less than 15 minutes.

ARKHANGELSK: Norway’s Honorary Consul Andrey Shalyov has busy days as the number of cross-border travelers from the White Sea region beat all previous records.

Russia is reviving its once-powerful civilian border brigades, even in its remotest Arctic.

Although the rise seems to be flattening out, the number of people crossing the border between Norway and Russia is still going up.