COVID-19 Resources

FARO collects up-to-date information and links about closures and news regarding Covid-19 in the Arctic. The list will be updated regularly. Please provide us with any missing information by sending an email to: faro-arctic@bios.au.dk

 

List of links in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Arctic

Country updates

Greenland

To learn which nationalities are allowed to enter Greenland, please visit the website of Landslægeembedet (https://www.nun.gl/Emner/English?sc_lang=da) or contact their hotline (phone +299 801100, e-mail: corona@nanoq.gl).    

Necessary documentation when traveling to Greenland

Arriving passengers who are residents outside of Greenland

  • Must provide an email confirming a completed Sumut form
  • Must provide documentation of a negative test result which must have been performed a maximum of five days prior to the departure
  • After arrival to Greenland
    1. You must self-isolate
    2. You must be re-tested five days after arriving to Greenland

For most research stations, the situation is still uncertain and for more information please contact the individual station/infrastructure/Institute. Many research stations will have limited capacity for guests.

See more info on: 

Landslægeembedet: https://www.nun.gl/Emner/English?sc_lang=da

Air Greenland: https://www.airgreenland.com/travel-info/before-travel/covid-19

Germany

Germany:

Travel advisories issued by the German Foreign Office have eased, travels within EU, Schengen area, and Schengen-associated countries now have been excluded from the warnings.
After stopping almost all expeditions (except MOSAiC) during lockdown, some German projects have started to prepare reduced expedition activities in the Arctic for late summer onwards.

MOSAiC:
Despite of corona precaution limits, the overdue crew change from leg 3 to 4 was succesfully accomplished, with tremendous effort. It was realised by a rendezvous of RV Polarstern with two other German research vessels and a tankship, in the Isfjord of Svalbard. A centralised quarantine in Bremerhaven of more than two weeks, for all participants including all ship crews, was conducted beforehand. Next quarantine phase for crew change from leg 4 to 5 will start in mid July.

AWIPEV:
According to Norwegian corona precautions, including ten days of quarantine in Oslo, a successful exchange of the AWIPEV winterer team was managed in late may. Following the ceasing Norwegian quarantine requirements by 15 July, some project are scheduled to catch up their visit on site, afterwards.

Samoylov:
Station is still closed for projects. However, joint planning has started by Russian and German cooperation partners for some reduced expedition activities in late summer, mainly focussed on mainenance of long term measurements.


General information on German corona precautions:  

Federal Ministry of Health:    https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/

Robert Koch Institute:           https://www.rki.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html

Iceland

All people entering Iceland are required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival. At the same time, temporary internal border controls will be adopted within the Schengen Area. The will rules remain in effect until 15 May. For more information and updates from Iceland, see https://www.covid.is/english

Italy

Impact of the COVID19 outbreak on Italian Polar activities will be regularly updated on this link: http://www.isp.cnr.it/index.php/it/notizie/item/175-impact-of-the-covid19-outbreak-on-italian-polar-activities

Korea

The Korean government publishes COVID19 diffusion status and public advice on the website of the 'Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'.

Please see  http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en/infoBoardList.do?brdId=14&brdGubun=141&dataGubun=&ncvContSeq=&contSeq=&board_id=

Svalbard, Norway

Travel to Svalbard

Travellers to Norway are required to be in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days upon arrival. Travel to Svalbard permitted only after the 10 day quarantine period has been completed on the Norwegian mainland. Exception to this general rule applies for travellers from specified regions in the Nordic countries, who are not required to quarantine. 

 

As of 15th of July 2020 regions within the EU/EEA with low infection rate will also be exempt from travel and quarantine regulation. Detailed information is available at https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/travel-advice-COVID19 . See also https://www.researchinsvalbard.no  

 

Ny-Ålesund Research Station

 

The general rules for travel to Svalbard apply. In addition, it is worth noting that in order to minimise the risk locally, Ny-Ålesund Research Station operates at reduced capacity until further notice. Planning and execution of research projects should follow the (regular) detailed description here: http://nysmac.npolar.no/research/researchers-guide.html   

 

 

 

For general information regarding travel to Svalbard, see also https://www.researchinsvalbard.no

 

The rules for travel to Svalbard also apply to Ny-Ålesund, but in order to minimise the risk locally Ny-Ålesund Research Station operates at reduced capacity until further notice. Other than that, planning and execution of research projects in Ny-Ålesund should follow the detailed description here: http://nysmac.npolar.no/research/researchers-guide.html

 

Please note that travel advise may change rapidly and travellers are strongly encouraged to seek out updated information prior to making any travel arrangements. 

(updated info from July 7)

 

 

Sweden

The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat has postponed the marine expeditions planned for this year until next year. The Abisko Scientific Research Station is open, but with certain rules and restrictions in place, see more here

USA

NSF’s statement on COVID-19 and Arctic science: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=300302&org=OPP