Published 2/28/2023

The traffic ban is lifted at 12:00

Following recommendation from NGI, Longyearbyen Local Council cancels the closure of road 300 with effect from 28.02.23 at 12:00. The Governor lifts the traffic ban on the upper side of the road from the same time.

Published 2/27/2023

Traffic ban on road 300 until further notice

Road 300 from the intersection at the old museum up to Huset is closed from 16:30 today and until further notice due to the risk of avalanches from Platåberget. The Governor has introduced a traffic ban on the upper side of the stretch of road. This means that the ski trail is not available.

Published 2/16/2023

Exercise on Saturday 18 February

This coming Saturday, the Governor of Svalbard, together with the Longyearbyen Red Cross Rescue Corps and Norwegian Rescue Dogs Svalbard, will conduct an avalanche exercise near Longyearbyen. There will be helicopter traffic and emergency personnel in the terrain. 

Published 2/8/2023

Road 300 remains closed, while the traffic ban in Nybyen is lifted

Road 300 remains closed and the traffic ban above the road will be maintained until Thursday 9 February at 08:00. At the same time, the Governor has decided to lift the traffic ban in Nybyen.

Published 2/7/2023

Closes road 300 and cancels evacuation in Nybyen

Road 300 from the intersection at the old museum all the way up to Gruvelageret is closed due to the risk of avalanches from Platåberget. At the same time, the risk of avalanches that could reach the buildings in Nybyen has decreased, and the Governor is cancelling the evacuation in Nybyen from 13:00 today. The traffic ban is maintained in the area above the buildings in Nybyen.

Published 2/6/2023

Evacuates parts of Nybyen

Based on avalanche expert assessments from NGI and the weather forecast, the Governor has decided to evacuate the buildings on the upper side of the road in Nybyen. A residence and travel ban will be introduced in the same area. The evacuation must be completed by 17.00 on Monday afternoon. The travel and residence ban in Nybyen means, among other things, that the snowmobile trail on the upper side of the road is closed.

Published 2/3/2023

Hearing on temporary changes to the Motor Traffic Regulations

The Governor submits for consultation a proposal for a temporary amendment to Section 8 of the regulation on motor traffic in Svalbard. The proposed changes include traffic on the sea ice in the areas of Billefjorden and Tempelfjorden. The hearing deadline is 23 February.

Published 2/2/2023

Snowmobile traffic in a snowmobile-free area

The Governor reminds that only permanent residents of Svalbard are allowed to drive snowmobiles until 1 March in the snowmobile-free area marked in green on map A in the Regulations on motor traffic in Svalbard.

Published 1/30/2023

Clarification regarding VAT refunds on travel goods

The Governor of Svalbard is in the process of working with the relevant agencies to transfer the task of VAT refunds to the appropriate authority. As part of this, the Governor wishes to remind you of the conditions for using form RD 0032B (VAT refund on goods bought on the mainland and brought up to Svalbard).

Published 1/24/2023

Accepts driving licenses from countries that have joined the Geneva Convention of 1949

The Governor has decided further exception from the driving license requirement for foreign driving licenses in Svalbard. The exception is extended to cover driving licenses for passenger cars/class B, if the driving license is issued in a country that is a party to the Geneva Convention of 1949 or the Vienna Convention of 1968 on road traffic. The driver's license must be valid in the issuing country. The exception in Svalbard applies from today through 31.12.2023.