Longyearbyen

Covid-19 Travel Information Update

in Svalbard

Svalbard is open for certain travellers from countries within the Schengen Area and the EEA with sufficiently low transmission. International visitors from other countries have to undergo a mandatory quarantine upon entry in Norway and Svalbard.

Updated 19.07.21

Source: The Official Tourism Board of Svalbard/Visit Svalbard

Latest update

The Norwegian government is implementing the third step of its reopening plan for Norway as of 12:00 on Sunday June 20th.
For a full overview of the new recommendations and measures that will be in effect as of 12:00, Sunday June 20th., see the Norwegian Government’s press release on their webpage here.

Measures specific to travel activity in Svalbard in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will also be changed as of 12:00, Sunday June 20th. 
From this date, it will not be required to present a negative result from a test for SARS-CoV-2 prior to departure to Svalbard for people who can document that they are protected and can present a Covid-19 certificate.
For more information about theses changes, see the Norwegian Government’s press release on their webpage here.

The Norwegian government implemented new recommendations for protected groups May 5th.
The following groups are hereby defined as “protected” by the government:
– Persons that are fully vaccinated
– Persons that have received one dosage, after 3 to 15 weeks have passed since they received the dosage. They must have spent the last 10 days in Norway.
– Persons who have gone through a covid-19 infection in the last six months.
Protected persons are no longer recommended to refrain from unnecessary travels in Norway. But during travel, the standard recommendations regarding distance to other persons and the use of face masks are still in effect. 
For a full overview of the new recommendations, see the governments press release here. (currently only available in Norwegian)

Starting January 29th, travellers to Svalbard are required to present a negative Covid-19 test before departing for Svalbard. The test is required to be taken within 24 hours before the scheduled departure time, and has to be taken on the Norwegian mainland. Rapid Covid-19 tests are approved as a sufficient test for travellers to Svalbard, see the Governor of Svalbard’s webpage for more information here.
For more information, see The Norwegian Government’s webpages here.
Practical information about the test: Rapid Covid-19 tests may be performed at a test station. Test stations may be found in the city centre of Oslo, at Oslo airport, or in the city centre of Tromsø. Contact your airline if you have questions about what documentation is required upon check-in before travelling to Svalbard.

Exemptions are still provided for some groups. See The Norwegian Government’s press release for a full list of these groups.
See The Norwegian Goverment’s press release from January 27th here

Mandatory testing for travellers upon entering Norway was introduced from January 2nd, see NIPH’s pages for info about the mandatory testing here.

The Norwegian Government introduced mandatory registration for all persons upon entering Norway valid from December 21st, 2020 in order to improve control of the spread of Covid-19. For more information see the Government’s press release here.

Travellers to Svalbard from the Norwegian mainland do not have to enter into quarantine upon arriving in Svalbard, nor upon returning to the Norwegian mainland from Svalbard at this point in time.
Travellers to Svalbard from the Norwegian mainland are here defined as residents of Norway traveling to Svalbard from mainland Norway, as well as travellers from outside of Norway that prior to their departure to Svalbard has, if required, undergone the mandatory quarantine upon entering Norway from abroad.
Travellers that for example are placed into quarantine during their stay in Svalbard due to having been in close contact with a person infected with Covid-19, must carry out their quarantine at their hotel/place of accommodation in Svalbard. The municipal quarantine hotel-schemes do not apply in Svalbard, and travellers will therefore have to cover their own expenses related to a prolonged stay in Svalbard until their mandatory quarantine period is finished.

Information regarding Covid-19 and travels to Svalbard can be found on the Governor of Svalbard’s website here.

Tourists that have to undergo a mandatory quarantine upon entry in Norway must carry out the quarantine on the Norwegian mainland before travelling to Svalbard. Read here for more information.

Svalbard is open for tourists from several countries within the Schengen Area and the EEA with sufficiently low transmission.
For a full updated overview of these countries, please check NIPH’s pages here.
The map below shows the areas affected by quarantine upon arrival in Norway from July 19th 2021.

map of nordic region eur29

Travel Information

There are multiple flights every week to Svalbard from the Norwegian mainland, with SAS and Norwegian, where preventative measures are in place to limit the spread of Covid-19.
In Svalbard you can join organised activities with local activity providers that are adhering to strict anti-contagion measures.

General Information

If you have questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) while travelling in Norway, please call the national information telephone at (+47) 815 55 015.
If you’re currently in Longyearbyen and experiencing symptoms like fever, sore throat, chest pain and breathing difficulties, please stay in your hotel room and contact guest service by telephone or call the local medical service in Longyearbyen at +47 79 02 42 00 for guidance and assistance.

You can also find more information on these pages:
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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