Covid-19 and travels to Svalbard

Updated: 17.01.2022, kl. 08:06

Latest update

The Norwegian government is reintroducing the requirement of a negative test result for Covid-19 before arrival in Svalbard. The requirement will enter into effect as of midnight, 2. December at 12am. 
The requirement of a negative test result for Covid-19 taken in Norway before travelling to Svalbard applies to everyone - including those who are fully vaccinated.
Everyone who travels to Svalbard must present a negative antigen rapid test before departure to Svalbard. The test must not be older than 24 hours. A negative self-test is not valid as documentation.
For more information, see The Governor of Svalbard's website here

The Norwegian government has decided that persons arriving in Svalbard must test for SARS-Cov-2 within 24 hours of arrival. The test must be an antigen rapid test (self-test). The requirement also applies to those who have been fully vaccinated or have undergone Covid-19. This applies from 19. December 2021 at 24:00. The requirement of a negative test result for Covid-19 before arrival in Svalbard is continued.
The test obligation applies in principle to everyone, but a few exceptions are made, including for children under 16 years of age where it is disproportionately demanding to have the test taken by the child. The current requirement for a negative test before departure to Svalbard is adjusted accordingly in line with such an exception for children under 16 years of age. 
For more information, see the Norwegian government's press release here. (information currently only available in Norwegian)
The Governor of Svalbard is working on a system for distributing free self-tests on arrival in Svalbard. See the Governor of Svalbard's website for more information here

The Norwegian government is introducing new and stricter requirements for testing on the border to Norway in order to delay and limit the spread of the new virus variant omicron. As of midnight, night to Friday September 3rd, everyone entering Norway regardless of their vaccination status will have to test themselves for Covid-19. 
For more information, see the Norwegian government's press release here.

The Norwegian government has decided to implement new measures for travellers to Norway that will take effect as of 26. November.
For more information about the new measures, see the Norwegian government's press release here

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 January 17th 2022.

Soure: FHI / NIPH

The Tourist Information is now open:

The Tourist Information office in Longyearbyen is now open Monday-Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00.
The phone is open from 09:00 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 to 16:00 from Saturday to Sunday.
We are still available for digital chat on Facebook ( and advice through our email

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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