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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.

Updated: 24.03.2020, 16:53

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 two week 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 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. 

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 April 13th, 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

For those that have booked a trip to Svalbard we want to inform you about the following:

For updated information please contact the activity provider or travel agent in question directly.

Tourist information temporarily closed until April 13th, 2020 (with the possibility of this period being extended):

Due to the Norwegian Health Authority’s decision to implement strict bans on travel to, and inside the country, we need to close the Tourist Information.
We are available for digital chat on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/svalbard.norway/) and advice through our email info@visitsvalbard.com
Our phone will not be in service throughout this period.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and will be happy to help you digitally!

General information:

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)

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