Travel Ban: Norway Slams Door Shut on Russians

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.23 - 2024 8:12 AM CET

In response to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Norway will tighten restrictions on Russian travelers, blocking almost all entry.

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On May 23, Norway announced plans to further restrict access for Russian tourists due to the continued conflict in Ukraine.

Norway, a NATO member sharing a nearly 200-kilometer border with Russia in the Arctic, had already placed restrictions on Russian tourist visas back in 2022.

The new measures will block nearly all entry for Russian citizens traveling for tourism and other non-essential purposes.

Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl told Reuters, "The decision to tighten the entry rules is in line with the Norwegian approach of standing by allies and partners in reaction to Russia's illegal war of aggression against Ukraine."

The new policy, effective from May 29, will see Russian tourists seeking entry for tourism or other non-critical reasons being turned away at Norway’s borders. Exceptions might be made for Russians visiting close family members in Norway.

"The update means that police can deny entry to Russian citizens targeted by these rules," the ministry noted.

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