If you have travel plans on Svalbard
The Governor requests that people on Svalbard also take into account the advice given by the Norwegian Rescue Services not to go out on trips that are at risk of triggering rescue operations.
Corona and travel to Svalbard
On the basis of many questions about travel to Svalbard and constantly changing guidelines and travel advice from the Norwegian authorities, the Governor asks that each person becomes familiar with the current regulations and makes their decisions in line with this. Norwegian health authorities encourage people to avoid leisure travel. We encourage people to follow the health authorities' advice on the coronary infection.
Quarantine on the mainland
Persons arriving Norway from places other than Sweden and Finland shall be quarantined on the mainland.
The Governor's office is closed
The Governors office is closed for visitors from 13. March 08:00. The decision is justified by the fact that special important functions such as crisis management, emergency preparedness and social functions must be shielded from possible Covid-19 infection.
Handling of coronavirus on Svalbard
The Governor and the Svalbard Preparedness Council follow the situation closely and adhere to the guidelines of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The need for new measures is assessed on an ongoing basis, and the emergency services will request assistance from central authorities if the need arises.
Notify your travel plans in due time
Please note that due to high demand it may accrue extended case processing time for notified travel plans until the summer.
We advise that both tour operators and individual travellers are aware of this and notify the Governor about their travel plans in good time.