Published 9/24/2021

Covid-19: Changes for Svalbard

The requirement for a negative corona test before travelling to Svalbard from the Norwegian mainland is removed. The requirement that entry quarantine must be carried out on the mainland before further travel to Svalbard is continued, the Norwegian government writes in a press release today.


Published 9/1/2021

New regulations for access and passage in nature in Svalbard will render safer tourism

Government will outline a clearer framework for access, passage and activity in nature in Svalbard. The aim is to create even safer and better experiences for tourists, while reducing the impact on vulnerable nature.


Published 8/11/2021

Quarantine must be carried out on the mainland

The Governor reminds that persons who are subject to a quarantine obligation on arrival in mainland Norway must carry out the entry quarantine on the mainland before traveling on to Svalbard. It is not possible to carry out the entry quarantine on Svalbard.


Published 6/17/2021

E-bikes only permitted on roads

The Governor of Svalbard hereby issues the following reminder concerning the use of bicycles, electric bicycles and dog sleds off road.


Published 6/2/2021

New firearms regulations from 1 June 2021

The new Act and Regulations relating to Firearms will come into force on 1 June 2021. The new regulations supersede the Firearms Act of 1961 with regulations and circulars. This means that all regulations, circulars and guidelines enshrined in the old act do not apply after 1 June. "The changes will have greater consequences for Svalbard than for mainland Norway," states Assistant Governor Sølvi Elvedahl. 


Published 5/31/2021

Lifts the evacuation in Nybyen

Based on professional assessments from Skred AS and NVE, the Governor lifts the evacuation in Nybyen from 18.00 today. Traffic bans are maintained in the area above the buildings (see map).


Published 5/14/2021

Maintains evacuation in Nybyen

The Governor has decided to maintain the evacuation and ban on residence and traffic in Nybyen. There is still a danger that the cornices at the top of Gruvefjellet may loosen and fall down.


Published 5/10/2021

Snowscooterdriving outside management area 10

The Governor reminds that visitors are not allowed to drive their own snowscooter outside management area 10, for example to Atomfjella / Newtontoppen and Sør-Spitsbergen National Park.


Published 5/6/2021

Maintains evacuation in Nybyen

The Governor has decided to maintain the evacuation and ban on residence and traffic in Nybyen. There is still a danger that the cornices at the top of Gruvefjellet may loosen and fall down.


Published 4/29/2021

Maintains evacuation in Nybyen

The Governor has decided to maintain the evacuation and ban on residence and traffic in Nybyen. There is still a danger that the cornices at the top of Gruvefjellet may loosen and fall down.