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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.

The Norwegian crew got 11,400 roubles in penalty for violating Russia’s border regime.

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.

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.

EU-Russia Summit

The agreement and implementation of the programmes for cross-border cooperation between EU’s northern member states and Russia’s north western regions will be on the agenda when President Dmitri Medvedev today meets the EU leadership in Stockholm.

Italy is ready to bring the question of visa-free travel between the EU and Russia up for a vote in the Union, the country’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said today. With the new Lisabon Treaty in place, that vote could result in visa free travelling already in 2010.

Are you curious about the Norwegian-Russian borderland? BarentsObserver now launches its BorderZone project, a web portal with comprehensive news, contact data and practical information from the two neighboring municipalities of Sør-Varanger and Pechenga.

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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.

The Finnish Consulate branch office in Petrozavodsk.

The Finnish consulate branch offices in Murmansk and Petrozavodsk received less visa applications last year compared with 2008.

Photo: BarentsPhoto.com

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

Visa free travel?

Russia and EU agree that a roadmap on the introduction of visa-free travel will be elaborated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Spanish counterpart said after their meeting in Moscow yesterday.

Russian visa

A new law will make it easier to get a visa to Russia. However, only if you have close relatives in the country.

Biometric self-service passport control in Finland.

Russian citizens can by the end of the year enter Finland at the Vaalimaa border crossing point with the use of automatic control of identity and passports.

About 2000 cars are lined up waiting for border-crossing by the Estonian-Russian border checkpoint of Narva.