Airlines have recently been instructed to send lists with the names of all passengers to Svalbard, on both charter and scheduled flights. The Governor of Svalbard Odd Olsen Ingero will use the lists to get better control over who is staying on the islands at any time.
“The Immigration Act does not apply to Svalbard. The only way we can know the identity of those arriving here, is by getting these lists from the airlines,” the Governor said.
Rules on registration of airline passengers to Svalbard were introduced already in the 1970s, but they have not been followed in the last few years, barentsobserver.com reporst.
After this incident the Ministry of Transport ordered the Civil Aviation Authority to start implementing the existing rules on routine collection of passenger lists for planes to Svalbard.
All flights to Svalbard need permission from the Civil Aviation Authority, and airlines are now informed they need to send passengers lists to Norwegian authorities.
According to Governor Odd Olsen Ingero the lists will be used for detecting certain individuals, like persons who are not allowed to visit Svalbard. The lists will not be kept, but will be destroyed after use.
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