Stops demolition work in Lia
Due to the weather forecast, with snow and increasing winds from the southeast until tomorrow morning, the Governor in consultation with Skred AS has decided to halt the demolition work in Lia for the time being. It is not currently necessary to evacuate people living in Lia and Nybyen. The Governor follows the situation and will make a new assessment together with Skred AS tomorrow morning. - We ask people to follow us on our website and on Facebook, says Governor Kjerstin Askholt.
Government with benefit scheme for foreign workers in Longyearbyen
The Norwegian government announces a fixed-term benefits scheme for foreign employees in Longyearbyen whose income is suspended due to the current corona virus epidemic. - This is good, says Governor Kjerstin Askholt.
Home quarantine for everyone who comes to Svalbard
The Governor has decided that all travellers to Svalbard arriving in Ny-Ålesund, Barentsburg, Pyramiden, Svea and Hornsund will be placed in home quarantine for 7 days after arrival. The Longyearbyen Local Council has previously decided that everyone who comes to Longyearbyen should be imposed home quarantine.
Exception from Regulations on expulsion
Foreign nationals residing permanently in Svalbard can now pass through the Norwegian mainland when traveling from abroad to Svalbard.
Exemption from home quarantine in Longyearbyen
You can apply for community-critical key personnel to be exempt from required home quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Longyearbyen. The exception only applies when this is strictly necessary to maintain the proper operation of critical social functions. In addition, exceptions may be made for persons who have been in home quarantine for 14 days on the mainland. Apart from this, no exemptions are granted from these provisions. Se more information on Longyearbyen lokalstyre's website.
Introduces the home quarantine after traveling from the mainland
The Longyearbyen local government has decided that everyone who arrives in Longyearbyen after traveling from the mainland will be placed at home for 14 days after arrival. The decision is valid from 18 March 2020 at. And retroactively until March 13, 2020 at. 06:00. The decision is valid until March 27, 2020 at. 18:00. Questions about the decision on home quarantine should be directed to the Longyearbyen local government.