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Norway tightens entry rules for Russians

Norway tightens entry rules for Russians Norway tightens entry rules for Russian tourists since May 29 (
Author: Maria Kholina

Norway has tightened entry rules for Russian citizens, effective from May 29, citing the Norwegian government.

"The decision to tighten entry rules aligns with Norway's approach of supporting allies and partners in responding to Russia's illegal aggressive war against Ukraine," said Norwegian Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl.


Russian citizens aiming for tourism and other non-essential travel will be denied entry through the external border. The restriction applies to those holding visas issued by Norway before the visa policy restrictions in spring 2022, as well as visas issued by other Schengen countries.

"The change means that the police can deny entry to Russian citizens covered by the directive," the government statement reads.


Exceptions will be made in certain cases, such as for visiting close relatives (parents, spouses, cohabitants, and children) residing in Norway, and for Russian citizens who will work or study in Norway or other Schengen countries.

"Norwegian authorities are closely monitoring the border and cross-border movement at Storskog (the Norway-Russia border checkpoint) and will take action if necessary," assured the Norwegian authorities.

Situation with Russians entering Norway

The Norwegian government restricted visa practices for Russians in the spring of 2022, and since then, tourist visas for Russians have generally not been issued. With the changes effective from May 29, entry opportunities will be even more restricted.

Starting from October 3, 2023, Norway banned the entry of passenger cars registered in Russia.

Previously, in April 2022, Norway closed its borders and ports to Russian trucks and ships. The country joined the sanctions imposed by the European Union following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.