Covid-19 and travels to Svalbard

Updated: 02.12.2021, kl. 17:35

Latest update

The Norwegian government is reinstating the requirement for a negative Covid-19 test prior to entry in Svalbard. The requirement will be put into effect as of midnight, night to Friday September 3rd. (more information will be posted as soon as it's available)
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 strain 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. (information currently only available in Norwegian)

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

The Norwegian government decided 24. September that Norway will move to normal everyday life with increased emergency preparedness as of 16:00 on Saturday 25. september.
For more information, see the Norwegian government's press release here.

As of 16:00 on Saturday 25. September, travel regulations for Svalbard will also be changed.
The Norwegian government will remove the requirement of a negative test result before departure to Svalbard.
The requirement that entry quarantine must be carried out on the Norwegian mainland before further travel to Svalbard will continue to be in effect.
The Norwegian government has also decided that entry restrictions for Norway will be gradually lifted through three phases. Phase one will begin as of 16:00 on Saturday 25. September.
For more information, 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 November 29th 2021.

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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