Corona Virus

– current status in Greenland

Updated: 12 November 2020

Status of COVID-19 in Greenland

Greenland’s Executive Order nr 37 from 29 September regarding travelling to and in Greenland is valid from 30 September 2020 through 31 January 2021. Citizens from countries classified as open by the Danish Police are allowed to enter Greenland, if they follow test and quarantine restrictions. You can find your country’s classification here. All travellers entering Greenland must show a negative test no older than 5 days and fill out a Sumut form – a personal location form – in order to board the plane.

Due to the high Reproduction factor in Denmark and other countries, the earlier quarantine rules are in effect. This means that all travellers upon arrival in Greenland must:

  • go into 14 days quarantine if you are not re-tested in Greenland.
  • go into quarantine until receipt of a negative re-test result, which can be first conducted on day 5 after arrival.

Translport information

For more information about your flight options to Greenland please check information here:

If you are travelling to Greenland via cruise, please check with your cruise operator for updated information. You can also find an updated cruise call list here. If you would like to enter Greenland with your own private boat, ship or aircraft you must contact CORSEK@nanoq.gl for permission.

More questions? Please read our FAQs.

General Travel Advice

The World Health Organization advises you to:

  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.Why?
    Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.Why?
    Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Health Insurance

The Greenland Ministry of Health advises that you take a comprehensive health travel insurance policy which covers all aspects of ill health, including sudden onset of disease emergencies, hospital admission, therapy, medication, dental care and home transportation. Please ensure that your insurance policy also covers ambulance transportation from sparsely populated or desolate areas in Greenland. For more information you can refer to guidelines by Greenland’s Ministry of Health.

If you plan to travel to Greenland in the near future, please talk to your insurer specifically about coverage and risks related to COVID-19 in the case you are put into quarantine or fall sick.

Greenland
and the health system

Please note that Greenland is a remote country with a limited health system. In the major towns there are small hospitals, and in the settlements there are nursing clinics. It is recommended that you are fit and able-bodied to travel in Greenland. It can be a costly and timely affair to transport you to a hospital in Greenland if you become seriously ill. 

Greenland’s
health authorities

If you feel unwell while you are in Greenland with COVID-19 symptoms, you must contact the health service by telephone so that they are prepared for your arrival. This way they will clear the waiting room or make sure that there is a facility where you can enter directly to avoid spreading the infection. You can find out more about hospitals and other relevant information in our FAQS