Continues firearms controls
The Governor continues checks on the storage of firearms, weapon parts and ammunition.
Clarification on foreign driving licenses in Svalbard
The main rule is that people with a foreign driver's license that is valid in their home country can use such a driver's license for the relevant motor vehicle group during their entire stay on Svalbard. However, the driver's license must be of the model required by the Vienna Convention of 1968 on road traffic.
Recognises foreign driving licenses for a limited period
The Governor of Svalbard has decided to recognize foreign driving licenses for class B on Svalbard from today and until 31 December 2023 under certain conditions. One of them is that the driver's license must have been issued in a country that has joined the Vienna Convention.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is moving its office
If you are going to take the theory test, renew your driving license or register your vehicle, you must go to Statens Hus in Longyearbyen.
Fox trapping in winter 2022/23
The Governor has now opened for applications for fox trapping for the coming winter. The application deadline is 30 October 2022.
Captain sentenced for violation of traffic ban
A captain of a foreign sailing boat has been convicted in Nord-Troms and Senja District Court for violating the traffic ban in the Bjørnøya nature reserve. The penalty is a fine of NOK 24,000. In addition, the captain is ordered to pay NOK 3,000 in court costs.
Requirements for a valid driver's license in Svalbard
The Governor of Svalbard reminds that people with a foreign driver's license that is valid in their home country can use such a driver's license for the relevant motor vehicle group during their entire stay in Svalbard. However, the driver's license must be of the model required by the Vienna Convention of 1968 on road traffic. International driving licenses are not valid in Svalbard.
New e-mail address for submitting passenger and crew lists
A new email address has been created for submitting passenger and crew lists for flights to Svalbard. The new address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you find dead birds
On Svalbard, several birds have recently been found to have died of bird flu. Do not touch dead birds. The Governor requests that people who find dead birds or observe birds with abnormal behaviour, sends information to the Governor at email@example.com. with position on where the bird(s) are found and a picture if possible.
Illegal weapons on ships
A foreign shipping company has brought 50 weapons and a significant amount of ammunition to Svalbard without the necessary permission from the police.