Svalbard is open for tourists 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: 27.01.2021, kl. 19:51

Latest update

The Norwegian Government presented stricter regulations for entry to Norway on January 27th. The new regulations will take effect starting January 29th. For more information, see The Norwegian Goverment's press release here. (currently only available in Norwegian)

The Norwegian Government is now advising travellers to refrain from strictly unneccessary domestic and international travels. This also includes travels to and from Svalbard. For more information, see the Governor of Svalbard webpages 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. (26.01.2021)
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 January 25th 2021.

Soure: FHI / NIPH

The Tourist Information is now open:

The Tourist Information office in Longyearbyen is now open Monday-Friday from 12-16pm.
The phone is open from 9am from Monday to Friday.
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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