Svalbard is open for tourists from several countries within the Schengen Area and the EEA. International visitors from other countries have to undergo a mandatory quarantine upon entry in Norway and Svalbard.

Latest update

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)

The Norwegian government is implementing the first step of its reopening plan for Norway at 12 am on Friday April 16th.
For a full overview of the new recommendations and measures that will be in effect as of April 16th, see the Norwegian Government’s press release on their webpage here.

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.

The Norwegian government presented stricter regulations for entry to Norway on January 27th. The new regulations will take effect starting January 29th.
The following groups of people no longer have access to the country: (see The Norwegian government’s press release for a complete list of groups)
– Foreign nationals residing in the EEA and EEA nationals residing in third countries (unless covered by exemptions that also apply to third-country nationals)
– Family members apart from nuclear families in which the children are minors, for both EEA nationals and others, meaning that grandparents, adult children, parents of adult children and romantic partners may no longer visit
– Foreign nationals from countries outside the EEA who are granted a residence permit in connection with work or study, including as a seasonal worker or student
– A foreign national who is to work with film or series production or as a researcher who is exempt from the requirement of a residence permit.
See the Norwegian government’s press release from January 27th for more information here.
The stricter regulations for entry to Norway that took effect starting January 29th will remain in effect for the time being, initially until May 24th.
For info about the continuation of the regulations, see the government’s press release from May 5th here.
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 May 10th 2021.

map of nordic region eur19

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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