Residents in those parts of Norway and Russia that lie within 30 kilometres of the border, as well as in the entire territory of Korzunovo municipality, will be eligible to apply for a local border traffic permit. The holder will be permitted to stay for up to 15 days at a time in the border area of the other state without a visa. About 9 000 persons in Sør-Varanger municipality on the Norwegian side and 45 000 persons in Pechenga rayon on the Russian side will be covered by the agreement.
In connection with the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Northern Dimension in Oslo on 2 November, Norway and Russia have signed an agreement on facilitation of travel for border residents in Norway and Russia.
Minister of Justice Knut Storberget said, “I am very pleased that we have concluded this agreement. We have recently also strengthened our cooperation with the Russian authorities in the justice sector. We have put in place an agreement on the readmission of persons without legal residence, and it is functioning well.”