More from: Borders

Pathways for Russians traveling to Schengen-Europe changed substantially after Finland by the end of September restricted entry for travelers with tourist visas. More of the traffic now goes north via Norway.
December 07, 2022
The military watchtower is manned round-the-clock guarding Norway’s land border with Russia. This June, Russia decided to cut the electricity supply that powers the sophisticated surveillance gear in the tower.
November 07, 2022
Norwegian police and border guard forces are monitoring very thoroughly all movements from Russia and are ready to take action if needed.
October 02, 2022
It is starting to get cold in northernmost Norway and illegal border crossings in the wilderness could be dangerous. A police helicopter was Friday sent north from Oslo to patrol the border.
September 30, 2022
Finland follows the Baltic states and Poland and closes its eastern border for Russian tourists from Friday, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto announced at a press conference in Helsinki. Asked by the Barents Observer, Norwegian authorities had no immediately clear answer to possible changes in entry rules at Storskog.
September 29, 2022
Crowds of young men fleeing from conscription are Tuesday morning heading towards Norway from Murmansk. Controls are intensified at Titovka checkpoint.
September 27, 2022
Both Finland and Norway saw more military-aged Russian men crossing borders this weekend. But still far from the queues reported from Moscow airports and other exit checkpoints in the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
September 26, 2022
Russian authorities could close the border for military-aged men as soon as this week to disrupt a mass exodus of Russians fleeing President Vladimir Putin’s draft, according to media reports citing government sources.
September 26, 2022
Higher costs, more papers and longer processing time. From September 22, Russians will find it harder to apply for visa to Norway.
September 22, 2022
No confiscations reported, says Norwegian Customs six months after export of so-called luxury goods to Russia were prohibited.
September 19, 2022
A growing number of Russians are crossing the border to Norway in the north for shopping and transfer to other destinations via the airport in Kirkenes. But it is likely not lasting for long as the European Union makes it more troubled to obtain a Schengen-visa.
September 08, 2022
Russia lifted travel restrictions on its land border with Norway on July 15, but not one single of the about 37,000 inhabitants in the Pechenga region has since then applied for the permit allowing to move without visa in the 30 km zone inside Norway.
August 22, 2022
This is the second time this summer illegal crossings happen in the terrain from Russia to Norway.
August 18, 2022
Finland is set to review its policy of granting tourist visas to Russians citizens, the country’s foreign minister Pekka Haavisto says after many politicians have called for tightening rules sparked by the onslaught on Ukraine.
August 06, 2022
Norway and Finland are the only two European countries with direct borders to Russia that continue to issue tourist visas to bonafide travelers. Norway, though, is the only country maintaining local border traffic agreement, including for family members of soldiers fighting the war on Ukraine.
August 02, 2022
As of Friday, Russian authorities were denying many people entry into Finland via land, according to Russian news outlet Fontanka.
July 17, 2022
Speaker of Russia’s Parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, wants a study on possible options of denouncing the 2010 Treaty with Norway concerning maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean.
July 05, 2022
PCR-testing will still be required but other restrictions for Russian and foreign citizens on crossing land borders will be canceled from July 15.
July 05, 2022
Travelers across the border from Russia to Norway and Finland can no longer bring their quota of 1-liter duty-free vodka or other spirituous beverages.
July 02, 2022
A man was on Thursday detained in the terrain by Norwegian police for illegal border crossing from Russia's Kola Peninsula.
June 23, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree suspending simplified visa rules for a group of citizens from countries that Moscow deems unfriendly, including Norway. Visa-free travel in the border areas up north, however, is for now not affected.
April 07, 2022
The Russian foreign minister says a draft presidential decree is being made aimed at restricting entry rules for people from “unfriendly states”.
March 28, 2022
Tight travel restrictions for Russians on land, in air, and at sea. A new iron curtain is falling in Europe.
March 02, 2022
Record low number of travelers across the Norwegian-Russian border came as no surprise. 2021 was totally dominated by travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
January 05, 2022