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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russian customs officials in the Russian border town of Svetogorsk are calling for additional insurance and security escorts for vehicles carrying cargo valued at more than 50,000 USD. The new rule spurs cross-border traffic problems on the Russian-Finnish border.

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The Finnish Border Guard Service in 2009 registered a 3-4 times increase in attempts to illegally cross the country’s south-eastern border.

Today marks the 25-year anniversary of the Schengen Agreement.

Storskog border station.

Both more Russians and Norwegians are crossing the border at Storskog / BorisGleb.

White Paper from the Government says it will be easier for Russian citizens to get visa to Norway.