Norway tightens border for Russian tourists

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Norway will restrict entry for Russian citizens traveling for tourism and other non-essential trips, the government announced on its website on May 23.

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The changes will take effect on May 29, 2024.

Russian citizens whose purpose is tourism and other non-essential travel will be rejected upon 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.

Norway restricted practices related to visas for Russians in the spring of 2022 due to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Tourist visas for Russians are generally not granted after this date.

"The decision to tighten the entry rules are in line with the Norwegian approach of standing by allies and partners in the reactions against Russia's illegal war of aggression against Ukraine," said the Norwegian Justice and Public Security Minister, Emilie Enger Mehl.

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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.

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