COVID-19 Safety On Secret Atlas Svalbard Expeditions 2022​

Updated: 28th March 2022

Secret Atlas Covid Prevention Protocol for the 2022 season

Dear Explorer,

We hope you are looking forward to joining us on an expedition of a lifetime to Svalbard.

To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for you, our other guests, and our staff we have a protocol in place designed to minimise the risk of Covid-19 onboard our expedition ships.

Our system is based on prevention and your assistance with the following will ensure you and your group have a safe and memorable experience. 

All staff and guests will follow the same procedure. 

Before Your journey

Please take out adequate travel insurance that covers your trip, you can see our travel insurance checklist here of all the things we recommend you cover. 

All Secret Atlas Guests, crew, guides, and staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19 or fully recovered. You may be required to show proof of your vaccination certificate or recovery before your trip commences. As of today you are considered fully vaccinated if you have received a minimum of two doses of a vaccine.

If you come from a country with a high rate of active transmission avoid crowded areas such as bars, nightclubs and restaurants during the week preceding your trip. 

Continue to practice good hygiene measures such as regular hand washing and mask wearing in public areas. 

Please take an antigen self-test the day before leaving your home to help rule out any possible infection prior to travel.

During Your Voyage

We recommend wearing a mask at all times during your journey including on the way to the airport, at the airport, during the flight and in public areas in your hotel. Whilst mask wearing is now not mandatory in some places wearing a mask is proven to reduce the risk of transmission. 

We will supply you with an antigen self test to be carried out at your hotel the morning before you check out. This will ensure that we create a safe bubble onboard the vessel so mask wearing is not necessary during the voyage. The test will be provided to you when you are collected by our team from the airport.

We will ask you to sign a declaration before boarding to say you do not have any symptoms relating to Covid-19. 

On the vessel please practice good hygiene procedures such as regular hand washing. 

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 during your voyage you will be asked to isolate yourself in your cabin.

What happens if I have a positive test?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to join our trip. 

Your travel insurance needs to cover for trip cancellation, expenses for quarantine hotels and flights.   

Returning to your home country

If you need to present a negative test result upon arrival to your home country, testing can for the time being only be done in Oslo airport. Please take into account that an extra night in Oslo might be necessary.

Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory on all our departures. You should take out comprehensive travel insurance that covers interruptions to your trip as protection against an emergency, which may force you to leave a trip while it is in progress. It is also strongly advised to have cancellation insurance, should get sick or test positive before travelling. 

Please make sure these insurances cover Covid-19 related matters. 

See our travel insurance page

More information

Please read the latest updated information and important advice about the coronavirus situation and travel before you go:

Visit Norway

The Government’s travel information pages about entry to Norway

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)’s official website.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health’s official website (helsenorge.no).