Individuals residing in Svalbard have to buy their alcohol allowance in Svalbard and are not able to introduce alcohol free from the mainland to Svalbard.

There are special rules for the sale of alcoholic beverages in Svalbard and the importation and exportation of such goods to and from the mainland.

Quota regulated alcohol sales in Svalbard

Sales of alcoholic beverages on Svalbard is regulated by quota. People who are registered in the population register of Svalbard can buy the following monthly allowance:
 

  • up to two bottles of liquor (or up to four bottles of fortified wine)
  • up to 0.5 bottles of fortified wine (alternatively a bottle every other month)
  • up to 24 cans or half bottles of beer containing not more than 4.75 percent by volume. Of the annual quota may nevertheless up to 24 cans or half bottles contain up to 7 per cent alcohol
  • table wines for reasonable consumption

The Governor of Svalbard may give people who live on Svalbard or staying there more than 30 days, permission to buy the same quota rules. This does not apply to passengers and crew of passenger vessels, fishing vessels, research vessels and naval vessels. These will get alcohol for export from the mainland.


The journey from Svalbard to the mainland

Svalbard is a tax-and duty-free area. This means that goods taken from Svalbard to the mainland, the customs clearance on arrival to the mainland as if entry occurred from abroad. If you have stayed in Svalbard at least 24 hours, you can bring with you the following alcoholic beverages duty-and tax-free to the mainland within a value limit of probably 6000:

  • One liter of beverages with an alcoholic strength of 22 through 60 volume percent and 1.5 liters with an alcoholic strength of 2.5 to 22 percent by volume, or three liters of beverages with an alcoholic strength of 2.5 to 22 percent by volume

  • 2 liters of beer with an alcoholic strength of more than 2.5 percent by volume, or any other beverage with an alcoholic strength of 2.5 to 4.75 percent by volume.

This means that a participant can take 5 liters of beer if you not bring other alcoholic beverages.

To bring alcoholic beverages must be 18 years of age. For beverages with an alcoholic strength by volume over 22 you must be over 20 years.

If traveling from the mainland to Svalbard

Individuals with temporary residence in Svalbard have right of entry to bring alcoholic beverages to the reasonable consumer.

Sale and import and export of alcohol is regulated by the Regulation on alcohol program for Svalbard.

The Customs website you can read more about customs of larger amounts of alcohol than the quota.

Tobacco products


You can take the following amount of tobacco products from Svalbard to the mainland:
A. 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of other tobacco products, and
B. 200 cigarette papers.

To bring tobacco products must be over 18 years.

The Customs website you can read more about customs of larger amounts than tobacco quota.