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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 Schengen visa

Talks on the introduction of a visa-free regime was not on the table, but representatives of the EU and Russia in a recent meeting instead agreed that there is a need for facilitation of short-term visas.

Salla Border Station

Finnish border authorities are preparing for handling far more border-crossers.

People will have to adjust to one more hour time difference when crossing the border.

This autumn has been a continual boom in border-crossings at the Russian, Norwegian border.

Number of visas to Finland increased with 71 percent the two first months of the year. The traffic boom at the border stations between Kola and Lapland is up 40 percent.

Never before have so many people crossed the Norwegian, Russian border in the north. The newly introduced visa-freedom for the inhabitants in the border area counts for part of the increase.

CHISINAU. Finnish and Norwegian experiences from border management and cross-border cooperation could serve as best practices for other European border regions, the participants of this year’s European CBC Forum concluded.

A cross-administrative border traffic working group is established to facilitate trade and travelling between the countries.

STORSKOG: Queues are getting longer as traffic between Russia and Norway is now twice the capacity at the old border check-point. Chief of Police in Eastern Finnmark, Ellen Kathrine Hætta, urges funding to new facilities.

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.

After years of booming traffic, November saw the second month in a row with a decline in the number of people crossing the Norwegian-Russian border.

The Border Commissariat will not be merged with the police as part of a nationwide police reform, while the two existing police districts in Finnmark will be united into one.

Norwegian authorities plan to open a refugee reception center in Kirkenes for asylum seekers entering the country via Russia.

Visa regulations will be eased for white-collar workers from the EU, the U.S. and Japan, if a bill elaborated the Federal Migration Service is approved by the State Duma.