Travellers from other countries than Norway are not allowed to travel to Svalbard. Norwegian tourists are strongly recommended to avoid travelling to Svalbard at the current moment as a two week long quarantine is currently mandatory for all arrivals in Svalbard. The Norwegian Directorate of Health and Norwegian authorities are generally discouraging leisure travel or travels that are not strictly necessary. This is in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Source: The Official Tourism Board of Svalbard (www.visitsvalbard.com)
Efforts are being made to set a specific date for when Svalbard can welcome tourists from the Norwegian mainland again. First we’ll welcome tourists from Norway, and then, at a later time, tourists from other countries. We expect this to be further ahead in time, so please be patient!
We’ll be back with more information as soon as we can.
Updated travel information from The Governor of Svalbard can be found here.
The Norwegian government has appealed to Norwegian municipalities, public organisations, businesses and all citizens to take measures to limit the spread of the virus. Schools, universities, day care centres and public offices will be closed, and public and private services will be limited.
Visit Svalbard believes it is important to continue to protect the citizens of Svalbard from any threat of the virus spreading. Travellers from other countries than Norway are not allowed to travel to Svalbard. Norwegian tourists are strongly recommended to avoid travelling to Svalbard at the current moment as a ten day long quarantine is currently mandatory for all arrivals in Svalbard. Tourists will have to pay the hotel expenses themselves when placed in quarantine in their hotel rooms.
The mandatory quarantine will be in effect until 18:00 May 18th, with the possibility of this period being extended.
The Norwegian Directorate of Health and Norwegian authorities are generally discouraging leisure travel or travels that are not strictly necessary. This is in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
As of now, there are no confirmed cases of corona infection in Longyearbyen, and we want to keep it this way. Longyearbyen is a vulnerable society. We only have a small hospital with limited public health services and at the same time, we have functions that have to be maintained for the locals to be able to live here. We’re therefore forced to take all necessary precautions in order to handle this situation.
We will continue to update this page as matters develop.
Visit Svalbard also want to thank everyone who is helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, and for your understanding of this difficult situation. We look forward to welcoming visitors back as soon as we’re allowed to.
CLOSING OF BORDERS: The Norwegian health authorities have implemented strict bans on travel to and inside the country. From Monday 16 March at 8 am local time, the Norwegian government has decided to close the borders for all but Norwegian citizens and foreigners that possess a residence or work permit. These measures will be in effect until further notice, with the possibility of this period being extended:
- From Monday 16 March at 8 am local time, the government has closed the border to foreign nationals who lack a residence or work permit in Norway. They will be turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. The main airports will stay open so that foreigners and tourists travelling in Norway can return home.
- In addition, temporary entry and exit controls will be introduced at the internal Schengen border.
- Travellers not residing in Norway or having a work permit are instructed to leave the country as soon as possible.
- Norwegian main airports are not closing. All Norwegian citizens and persons who live or work in Norway will continue to be let into the country. Exemptions will therefore be provided for European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and their family members who reside in Norway. Exemptions are also being prepared for EEA citizens who work in Norway.
- People with Norwegian passports or residence/work permits who have arrived in Norway from another country must stay in quarantine at home for 14 days after arrival, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. This is retroactive from 27 February. If they have symptoms, they must be isolated immediately.
- Travellers from Sweden and Finland who come to Norway on 17 March or later must undergo quarantine if they wish to stay in Norway. For travellers from Sweden and Finland the regulations do not have retroactive effect from 27 February 2020, as they do for persons travelling from other countries. One provision in the regulations provides that persons who travel in connection with work between their home and workplace, and in so doing cross the borders between Norway, Sweden and Finland, are exempt from the duty of quarantine.
- Avoid public transport if you can.
- Avoid other places where you can easily get close to others.
- For updated information, see The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Directorate of Health´s pages about the corona virus and travel advice for tourists
Gjestehuset 102 ‘virtual’ office is open- all questions and concerns shall be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
We might not be able to answer your e-mail promptly, but we will do our best! Give us 1-2 days time.
What Gjestehuset 102 does
Standard booking booked through all different booking channels will be refunded the amount these bookings are entitled to. NB! please remember that the refund transaction fee, as per our policy, will be deducted from the refund amount.
Non-refundable bookings will remain non-refundable. However, Gjestehuset 102 is happy to offer a re-booking. What Gjestehuset 102 is now doing on non-refundable bookings, is to be generous in relation to re-booking so that we rather get a shift in revenue, rather than cancellations and cancellations. We therefore arrange for our guests to change dates if they confirm a new date for the trip within a reasonable time. The new travel date must be within the next 12 months from the originally scheduled trip. We consider this to be the best solution for all parties.
Gjestehuset 102 will always want and have a solid relationship with our customer/guests/friends. We hope that we can find solutions together in the situation we are in so that we can get stronger out of this.
Due to the coronavirus situation, most attractions, ski resorts, and venues are now closed, and most activities and events are cancelled. Please check the relevant home pages for more 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)