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Norway to ease visa requirements for Russians

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MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) - A treaty between Russia and Norway on visa facilitation will come into force on December 1, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

On June 8, 2007, Russia and Norway signed intergovernmental visa facilitation and readmission agreements.

The visa agreement facilitates the procedure for the issue of single entry visas for terms of up to three months, as well as multiple entry visas for certain categories of travelers, such as members of official delegations, businessmen, journalists, and students.

Russia and most EU nations signed a visa facilitation agreement, seen as a crucial step toward a visa free regime, and an agreement on the readmission of illegal migrants in May 2005 at a bilateral summit in Sochi, Russia. The accords came in to force in June last year.

Moscow is also discussing the issue with Iceland, which like Norway is not an EU member but is a signatory to the Schengen agreement.

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