Norway Consider to Ban Entry to Russian Tourists

Norway is considering restricting entry to Russian tourists and those transiting from Russia, the justice ministry announced last Friday.

Finland’s government announced last Thursday that it would put a complete halt to tourist traffic and related transit from Russia after many Russians fled following President Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilisation announcement on 21 September. Over 17,000 Russians crossed the Finnish border during the weekend after the announcement, Svenska Yle reported.

The Norwegian government is now ready to restrict entry into its territory like Finland but will wait for possible implementation, Justice and Emergency Preparedness Minister Emilie Enger Mehl wrote in a press release on Friday (30 September).

“We will close the border quickly if necessary, and changes can come at short notice. There have been few arrivals in Norway compared to Finland, and the situation is different here,” she wrote.

Furthermore, the capacity to monitor the Norwegian-Russian border in the north will be increased with a police helicopter equipped with sensors, Enger Mehl said, referring to Storskog, the only border station Norway has with Russia.

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