I'm traveling to Svalbard from the UK via Norway in a couple of weeks and would like to travel on my Dutch identity card. Is this possible?

  • Could you please tell us your flight number from Oslo to Svalbard, so I can advise whether it stops at Tromsö or is non-stop, as again, that determines where to go on Arrival in Oslo? – Coke Oct 23 '17 at 9:05
  • I'm flying Norwegian, one flight is London to Oslo, the other Oslo to Longyearbyen. – jelmer Oct 23 '17 at 10:11
  • Edited accordingly – Coke Oct 23 '17 at 11:04
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The Norwegian travel document requirements apply to the whole country, not just the mainland, even though border checks take place between the mainland and Svalbard. So yes, a Dutch ID card is sufficient

Upon arrival in Oslo, you will clear mainland Norwegian immigration. There are two different sets of immigration booths for entering and transit passengers. If your tickets are separate and you have checked luggage, clear entry immigration to pick it up and re-check it. Otherwise clear transit immigration (signposted "Transfer to non-Schengen destinations").

If having cleared entry immigration, you will also clear exit immigration to reach the gate.

Svalbard, however, only sporadically performs border checks

  • I did go through the Schengen exit check in Oslo but I don't recall any Svalbard immigration. – Relaxed Oct 23 '17 at 10:02
  • @Relaxed What year was this? – Coke Oct 23 '17 at 11:19
  • 2017, last January in other words. It's also possible I just forgot but I do have a very clear recollection of the Schengen exit check. – Relaxed Oct 23 '17 at 19:19
  • @Relaxed Gonna call the airport tomorrow and ask (not that it's awfully relevant for the initial question but still) – Coke Oct 23 '17 at 19:22

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