Changes regarding flight permissions to Svalbard Airport Longyear

The Ministry of Transport, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, instructed the Civil Aviation Authority in 2020 to put limitations on the non-scheduled air traffic to/from Svalbard Airport Longyear, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The health and rescue contingency at Svalbard is not sufficient to handle a large outbreak of Covid-19 and at the same time maintain the needed capacity for other incidents. Due to this, it was necessary to put limitations on the tourism activities at Svalbard.

The Ministry of Transport has updated its directive and permission may now be given to non-scheduled air traffic from the Norwegian mainland to Svalbard airport Longyear. The Civil Aviation Authority is still instructed not to give exceptions for international non-scheduled flights to/from Svalbard Airport Longyear.

However, if special circumstances occur, exceptions may still be granted, such as for flights that are necessary in order to ensure critical functions, transport of key personnel in important businesses or activities, or conduct scientific activities. Whether there are special circumstances is to be determined in consultation with the Governor of Svalbard.

This temporary instruction will not have consequences for the application of the agreement with Russia from 1974 regarding the use of Svalbard Airport. The temporary instruction remains in force until it is repealed. 

Last updated: 20. Jul 2021