Disclaimer: Please note that the websites from Greenland are currently under reconstruction and several links may not work!

Greenland is a self-governing entity within the Kingdom of Denmark. It is neither a member of the EU nor part of the Schengen area. Three-quarters of the world´s largest non-continental island is covered by an ice sheet; thus, the population (56,000) is mainly concentrated on the southwest coast. The rest of Greenland is sparsely populated (0.028/km²). The Arctic climate, extensive inaccessible areas and very limited infrastructure make Search and Rescue operations outside the towns very difficult. The following information aims at providing an overview of the most common permit types relevant for scientists travelling to and working in Greenland.


National rules and regulations are given for the following categories:

  • Cross border travel (persons, equipment, samples, chemicals),
  • Access to specific areas,
  • Permits to conduct fieldwork and collect samples,
  • Field instrumentation,
  • Safety equipment and
  • Regional/local permits.

Additional information sources relevant for conducting science in Greenland are also listed.

Disclaimer: INTERACT takes no legal responsibility for the information presented here. These pages only address the most common permit types. Certain studies may require specialist permits not covered here. New regulations may also come into force, permit conditions may change and links may become outdated or no longer work. If you encounter broken links, significant permit updates or have suggestions for additional permit types we can include, please contact us at https://eu-interact.org/contact/.


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