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.

How come that the Barents and the Balkan regions have nearly the same average life expectancy, but their GDPs are dramatically different? BarentsObserver compares two border regions trying to find an answer.

Andrey Vokuev in Naryan-Mar fears for the cooperation between indigenous peoples. Next week, applicants from the Nenets tundra will have to fly to Arkhangelsk to give fingerprints to get a Schengen visa.


Russian vehicles might in the near future have to pay up to 2200 EUR per year for using Finnish roads. Finnish government officials say the measure is meant to alleviate problems with heavy traffic and backlogs on main roads in south-eastern Finland.


Interaction on border development has a positive character, Russia’s head representative in a Russian-EU project on border cooperation underlines.

The Russian Customs has raised the weight limit on duty-free goods from 35 kg to 50 kg per month.

The Torfyanovka-Vaalimaa border pass

The major upgrade of the Torfyanovka station on the Russian-Finnish border could put an end to cross-border queues in the area.

Alexey Filin and Maria Goman were the first Russian citizens to get multiple years valid visas to Schengen from the Norwegian Ge

39 percent more applications year-on-year.

Trucks lining up in the border queue at Vaalimaa border station in Southern Finland

Booming cross-border travel between Russia and Finland triggers rapid measures to avoid traffic jam.

Norway doubles its capacity for passport control at the border to Russia as traffic peaks.

The local visa-free zone between Kaliningrad and parts of Northeast Poland will come into force on 27 July and give facilitated cross-border traveling for more than four million people.

The Russian border town of Nikel is experiencing a high increase in the number of Norwegian tourists after the introduction of visa-free travels for border zone inhabitants. Local authorities see a large potential in developing tourism.

The Nordic country might let Russian state officials across its border without a visa.

If the Norwegian Government does not allocate money for a new border crossing station soon, the situation at the Storskog border crossing could become chaotic, local police in Kirkenes warns.