Greenland’s new domestic and international COVID-19 rules in effect until March 6

A file photo of Kangerlussuaq Airport in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Greenland’s new travel rules came into effect December 6. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Greenland has extended and updated its international and domestic COVID-19 travel rules as of December 6 and will keep them in effect for at least three months, the government said in a series of announcements on Sunday.

As of Monday, all travellers into Greenland over two years old must be able to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Starting from December 8, the test must be taken within 48 hours of departure.

Travellers who are not residents of Greenland are also required to show proof that they’re fully vaccinated.

Recreational boaters and cruise ship passengers are not allowed to disembark in Greenland if they’ve previously stopped in Denmark, the Faroe Islands or a foreign port within the last 14 days.

However, passengers ships can still dock in Greenland if no travellers or crew members go ashore.

Domestic  travel

Those travelling domestically between Greenland’s towns or settlements must now be fully vaccinated or be able to show a negative PCR test done within 48 hours.

The airport in Nuuk, Greenland shown in a 2013 file photo. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Unvaccinated people must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at their destination, or until they’ve tested negative. While observing quarantine, visitors are able to go to grocery stores as long as they’re masked, but are otherwise banned from attending local events or gatherings.

Masking requirements

Masks are also now obligatory both in big towns and small settlements with COVID-19 outbreaks and where authorities have been unable to establish the infection chain.

Limited exceptions include places like stores if physical barriers like plastic have been put up blocking direct contact between the employee and the customers.

As of December 6, three communities fell under this ordinance including the capital city of Nuuk, Upernavik and its surrounding settlements, and the western town of Qasigiannguit

Restrictions to public places

Proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test, will also now be required for those 12 years old and over to access public places like restaurants, bars, cultural events, hairdressers and libraries.

A March 2021 file photo of a Covid-19 test center in the center of Nuuk, Greenland. Towns and communities that have no testing facilities will be exempt from restrictions to public places. (Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Essential services like airports, government services, grocery stories and airports will be exempt.

Towns and communities that have no testing facilities, or that have had no COVID-19 outbreaks within the last 14 days and where there are no unknown infection chains, will also be exempt from restrictions to public places.

As of Monday, December 6, Greenland was reporting 202 active COVID-19 infections.

All new COVID-19 rules are set to stay in place until March 6, 2022.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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