Neighboring Russia that prevents Russians from entering their territory. “Police can deport them”

Norway will further restrict access to Russian tourists due to the war in Ukraine, blocking all possibilities of entry into Norwegian territory, the northern country’s justice ministry announced on Thursday.

The NATO member state, which shares nearly 200 kilometers of Arctic border with Russia, imposed visa restrictions on Russian tourists for the first time in 2022.

“The decision to tighten entry rules is in line with Norway’s approach of standing with allies and partners in response to Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine,” Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl said in a statement.

Russian citizens intended for tourism and other non-essential travel will be denied entry to Norway. Exceptions may be granted in cases such as visits for close relatives (parents, spouses, cohabitants and children) living in Norway and for Russian citizens going to work or study in Norway or other Schengen countries. The new policy is effective from May 29.

The tightening of the visa regime applies to holders of visas issued by Norway prior to the change of visa procedures in spring 2022, as well as visas issued by other Schengen countries.

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“This change means that police can deport Russian citizens targeted by the restrictions,” the Norwegian government says.

Norwegian authorities are closely monitoring border and cross-border traffic across Storskog and will take action if necessary, the government in Oslo said.

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