Svalbard travel advice

Explore our complete guide to Svalbard with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for Svalbard.

Svalbard travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to Svalbard with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

Svalbard - quick facts
Time difference UK +1 hour
Language(s) Norwegian
Currency Norwegian Krone
Electricity C + F plug (230V)
Driving side Right

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Svalbard weather

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The Svalbard weather guide shows long term monthly averages for Longyearbyen.

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Svalbard travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting Svalbard from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

No travel advice for Svalbard is currently available.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around Svalbard.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Svalbard travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to Svalbard with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in Svalbard, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Svalbard covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in Svalbard with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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Svalbard FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to Svalbard including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to Svalbard due to Covid-19?

Svalbard is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for Svalbard.

Check out Norwegian Institute of Public Health for more information.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Svalbard?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Svalbard. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the time difference between Svalbard and the UK?

The time difference between Svalbard and the UK is UK time+1 hour.

What is the main language spoken in Svalbard?

The main language spoken in Svalbard is Norwegian.

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What is the currency in Svalbard?

The currency in Svalbard is the Norwegian Krone (NOK).

Which plugs are used in Svalbard?

Svalbard uses electrical plug type C + F (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Svalbard?

They drive on the right side of the road in Svalbard.

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