Corona Virus

– current status in Greenland

Updated: 10 June 2021

Status of COVID-19 in Greenland

As of 5 June 2021, fully vaccinated persons with residence in OECD-countries countries, including Great Britain and USA, as well as fully vaccinated persons with residence in “yellow” countries outside the EU and Schengen Area, are given the same entry status as fully vaccinated persons from EU and Schengen countries. In other words, they may travel to the Kingdom of Denmark, including Greenland, for holiday as long as they can document being fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine, and as long as they can document having received the final vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel. 

    • In order to travel to the Kingdom of Denmark, including Greenland, there are various rules depending on which land one has residence in, and one’s vaccination status. See the rules at en.coronasmitte.dk
    • All persons entering Greenland must go into quarantine for 14 days, or until receiving negative results on a re-test taken in Greenland.
      • Those who are not vaccinated are eligible for re-test on the 5th day after arrival.
      • Those who are fully vaccinated are eligible for re-test already on the day after arrival.

Transit via Denmark to Greenland: If you do not have to abide by Denmark’s requirements for quarantine and re-test in Denmark, you may stay overnight at a hotel in Denmark, on the way to Greenland. If you do have to abide by Denmark’s requirements for quarantine and re-test in Denmark, you may not leave the Security area of Copenhagen Airport, prior to your departure to Greenland the next morning. 

There will be limited flight capacity for a period of time and you can purchase tickets with Air Greenland.

Those who are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated have to be tested negative for COVID-19 with a PCR-test maximum 72 hours prior to check-in for departure to Greenland, show a SUMUT personal locator form in the airport at check-in for the flight to Greenland, go directly into quarantine at the end-destination, as long as the end-destination is an Open Place and be retested on the fifth day of quarantine.

If you are fully vaccinated you also have to be tested negative for COVID-19 with a PCR-test maximum 72 hours prior to check-in for the departure to Greenland, show a SUMUT personal locator form, and go directly into quarantine at the end-destination, as long as the end-destination is an Open Place. You also have to be retested but this can be as early as the day after arrival in Greenland, and if that test is negative then you are out of quarantine. Note that you must have received the vaccination’s final injection at least 14 days prior to travel in order to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’.

Be aware that the reopening of Greenland can be reversed at any time depending on the national and global spread of COVID-19.

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