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Norway to Murmansk - Buy Insurance at border?

Hi All,

Two of us are proposing to travel from Nordkapp to Murmansk, south then to Kandalaksha then back to Finland.

I contacted my insurance people here in Ireland and they tell me that I will not be covered in Russia and that they cannot make any provision for this.

Can you tell me if I can buy Insurance from the Russian Authorities at the border crossing for the 3 days that I will be in Russia?

One time when I rode to Belarus this was the situation and my own insurance whilst according to my insurers was valid in Belarus was not accepted by the Belarusians and I purchased insurance at the border.

Any help is appreciated

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Yes you can buy insurance at the border and if I remember correctly I was told it was available from an agent in Kirkness (there is a bus to murmansk) and I believe its the same tour agent who deals in tickets /insurance etc but that was many years ago now. You will need your international driving permit, your invite and visa. I would also check that the border crossing back into Finland you are using will be straightforward some can be more difficult than others. Have a good trip take a look at nikel its like a scene from the future after global warming has done its worst. Also there is a great camping spot on the Norwegian side at Jackobselv right on the sea and the border fence but a way north of the border crossing point.
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You not only can buy insurance at the border from the Russian Authorities - You need to do it!!
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Russia has joined to green card system 1.1.2009, so your own insurance should work... Maximum compensation is only 11 000 euro though. You need also valid travel insurance when you apply a visa.
The road is paved almost all the way, only some gravel between Kandalaksa and Finnish border. The border in Salla is open only day time.
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