Lifting Covid-19 travel restrictions
(update 4. September 2020)
Norway and Svalbard are open to travelers coming from EU/Schengen-countries where the contamination is low. There are a few criteria that Norway is using for deciding which countries are safe to travel to/from. The main criteria is the number of infected people per 100.000 inhabitants, which should be under 20 (average last 2 weeks) and less than 5% of positive tests. So far the timeline for updating travel restrictions to Svalbard is:
1 June – Norwegian travelers are welcome to Svalbard.
15 June – Travelers from Denmark, Finland and Iceland are also welcome to Svalbard.
15 July – The Norwegian government has lifted the travel restrictions for most countries in Europe (Schengen area + UK) on July 15th. Since July 15th, the map is updated every 7 or 14 days: a country with worsen Covid-19 situation might get travel restrictions again or countries can be cleared if the situation improves. The countries considered as “safe” are in yellow on the map to the right, this map is valid from 5. September. People coming from yellow countries can enter Norway without quarantine, people coming from red countries must 10 days in quarantine after entering Norway.
by 13 September – The Norwegian government will update the information in the map to the right
By October 1st – The Norwegian government will consider so-called “third countries” = outside EU.
For more information about the map above, go HERE
We are taking the precautions regarding the Covid-19 situation, adviced by WHO and the Norwegian government. Our WildPhoto Travel virus plan and guidelines for how to avoid a Covid-19 outbreak onboard MS Origo was approved 26 June. This plan also includes a nurse or doctor on board MS Origo, looking after you as a guest, who also has the expertise and routines ready if we experience any Covid-19 symptoms onboard. First of all we want to avoid that somebody enters MS Origo infected with Covid-19. We welcome you to travel safe with WildPhoto Travel to Svalbard – which is a Covid-19 free area.
We understand there might be concerns regarding payments for an upcoming expedition to Svalbard. That’s why we are offering you our new service – Safe booking – on all new bookings on expedition dates in August and September 2020. Your payments will be deposited into a bank account which will be blocked until the expedition is finished. If travel restrictions block you from travel to Norway / Svalbard, we will refund all your payments (to WildPhoto) within 7 days without any questions. Please note that we are not operating as a travel insurance company, so if you get sick or have personal problems preventing you from traveling you have to contact your travel insurance company like normal.