Easing the rules for testing before travel to Svalbard
The government is easing the rules for travel to Svalbard. Permanent residents of Svalbard, people who are fully vaccinated and people who have undergone covid-19, no longer must be tested before leaving for Svalbard, the government states in a press release. All persons arriving in Svalbard must still be tested for SARS-CoV-2 within 24 hours of arrival. The new rules came into force at 23:00 on Tuesday 1 February.
Snowmobile driving in the area with ban on snowmobile traffic
The Governor reminds that only permanent residents on Svalbard are allowed to drive snowmobiles in the area with ban on snowmobile traffic until March 1, marked with green on map A.
Status Covid 19 on Svalbard week 1
Week 1 2022, 13 positive samples were registered for Covid 19 in Longyearbyen. Omicron has been detected in four of these.
Distribution of self-tests to Travelers by plane to Svalbard
The Governor has now established a system for distributing Covid self-tests to travelers flying to Svalbard.
Requirement for rapid Covid-test after arrival on Svalbard
The 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 Governor is working on a system for distributing free self-tests on arrival Svalbard.
Covid test when you travel to Svalbard - updated information
The requirement for a negative covid test before travelling Svalbard applies to everyone - including fully vaccinated. Permanent residents of Svalbard will receive a free test at Gardermoen and in the center of Tromsø, the Government writes in a press release on Friday afternoon.
Online solution for notifcation of travel plans
The Governors online solution for notification of travel plans is now up and running again.
The Covid self-test distribution station opens on Monday
Longyearbyen lokalstyre opens the distribution station for self-tests on Monday 22 November. The station is in the parking lot by Longyear 78° and is open from 11:00 to 14:00 on weekdays.
Measures against Covid 19 in Longyearbyen
Due to the fact that several cases of Covid-19 have now been registered in Longyearbyen, the chief infection control doctor recommends several measures. Longyearbyen lokalstyre will also hand out free self-tests.
Form problems for tour operators
The Governor experiences that tour operators have problems with filling in and submitting the electronic form for notification of travel plans. on Svalbard. We ask that tour operators wait until the problem is resolved. We apologize for the extra work this entails.