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Visa and passport requirements

Many tourists do not know that Spitsbergen (Svalbard) is, opposed to mainland Norway, not part of the Schengen treaty system. Accordingly, if you need a visa to visit the Schengen area, then you will also need a visa to fly from Longyearbyen to Norway, even if you are just on a return journey from a shorter trip. As a result, when you apply for a visa at home to prepare a journey from outside Schengen area to Svalbard, it is advisable to apply for two visa rather than only one, so you can enter Norway when coming back from Spitsbergen without difficulties. If necessary, you can also get a visa from the Sysselmannen.

Remember that you will also need to show a passport or national ID card when travelling to and from Longyearbyen. Only Norwegian citizens are allowed to use, for example, a driving license. Non-Norwegian flight passengers have been denied access to their flight from Longyearbyen to Norway because they did not carry passport or ID card.

Longyearbyen airport, since early 2011 with passport control.

Visa and passport requirements - Longyearbyen airport

Source: Svalbardposten (3611), Sysselmannen

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