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.
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.