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.

Refugees find Arctic route to Norway via Russia, but appear to shun neighboring Finland.

The first ever agreement on visa-free travel between Russia and a Schengen-member state was signed in Oslo today. The agreement stipulates how the population in the near-border areas can cross the border only by showing their ID-card.

KIRKENES: A group of Russian border guards last week conducted a live-fire exercise and weapons inspection at a Norwegian army post during an annual border guard exchange between the two countries.

Almost 5000 asylum seekers have crossed the Norwegian-Russian border since the European migrant crisis arose. The Norwegian government decides to toughen the asylum regulations.

Terrorism fears, with police and soldiers likely targets, is the reason for the special decision to allow Finnish Border Guards to be armed when on patrol in the normally relaxed town of Kirkenes in Norway’s northeastern corner.

SALMIJERVI: Contrary to earlier plans, FSB border guards reinforce the physical protection along Russia’s border to Norway. A brand new, and partly double barbed wire fence is now under construction.

Welcome to Finland.

A record high number of 6,8 million people crossed the Finnish-Russian border in 2010. Also the countries’ northernmost checkpoints experienced an all-time-high of travelers.

Russia works seven days a week with new highway to the border, but the Norwegian Public Roads Administration today announced that the new highway on their side will not open before 2017.

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.