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Norway Tightens Entry Rules for Russians, Closes Border Crossing Point in Response to Ukraine Conflict

Norway has opted to further limit the entry of Russian nationals into the country by shutting down the only remaining border crossing point accessible to them. Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl announced the decision, stating that as of May 29, Russian tourists will be barred from entering through the Storskog border crossing point. This move comes as a response to Russia's ongoing military actions in Ukraine.


Norway Tightens Entry Rules for Russians, Closes Border Crossing Point in Response to Ukraine Conflict

"The decision to tighten the entry rules is in line with the Norwegian approach of standing by allies and partners in the reactions against Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine," Minister Mehl affirmed.


The Storskog crossing has been the sole entry point for Russians directly into the Schengen Area. Previously, Russian nationals holding valid Schengen visas issued by Norway or other Schengen member states could use this route to cross the external EU border. However, with the implementation of Norway's new entry regulations, effective May 29, Russian tourists will no longer have access for non-essential travel purposes.


"Russian citizens whose purpose is tourism and other non-essential travel will be rejected entry across the external border. The restriction applies both to those who have visas issued by Norway before visa practices were restricted in the spring of 2022 and to visas issued by other Schengen countries," clarified Norway’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security.


This restriction extends to Russian shoppers, who will also be prohibited from entering Norway after May 29, as their travel is deemed non-essential.


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However, certain exemptions will be made for specific groups of Russians. Those intending to visit close family members residing in Norway or any other Schengen country will still be permitted entry. Additionally, Russian citizens working or studying in Norway or other Schengen member states will be allowed entry provided they possess the requisite documentation.


"Exceptions will be granted in certain cases, for instance, to visit close family (parents, spouses, cohabitants and children) residing in Norway and for Russian citizens who will work or study in Norway or other Schengen countries," stated Norway’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security.


The Norwegian authorities emphasized their commitment to closely monitoring border traffic at Storskog and implementing further measures if necessary.

By fLEXI tEAM

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