Vaccination as a requirement for access

In Nuuk, there is a requirement for vaccination against COVID-19 for persons who are present in locations and associated areas that have public access. The requirement does not apply to neighbouring settlements.

Shown below is information relating to the access requirement in Nuuk.

You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, then there are a number of places and establishments that are accessible to the public where you may not enter:

1) Restaurants, cafes, pubs, discos and similar establishments and their adjoining outdoor areas.

2) Cultural institutions, including culture centres, cinemas, museums, exhibition halls, etc.

3) Community centres and similar establishments.

4) Libraries.

5) Indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including sports colleges and sports halls, swimming pools, gyms, football pitches, etc.

6) Hairdressers, massage parlours, beauty clinics and similar establishments.

When are you fully vaccinated?

A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when they have had their final dose of the vaccine. Depending on the type of vaccine that you receive, you may require more than one dose of the vaccine. If you have been vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, you are fully vaccinated after you have received two doses of the vaccine.

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 can use a positive corona test that is between 14 days and 12 weeks old as documentation. 

Which people are allowed access to locations that have limited access even though they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

1) Employees who must carry out their duties at their workplace.

2) Persons whom the National Board of Health in Greenland (“Landslægeembedet”) generally recommend are not to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

3) Persons who are 11 years old or younger.

You may still enter the following places even though you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

1) Retail stores

2) Post offices.

3) Airports.

4) Service establishments, service counters etc. in public authority buildings and utility companies.

5) Waiting areas in connection with public transport.

6) Areas where you carry out your work.

The executive order does not apply to:

1. The Greenlandic Health Service is not subject to the executive order. However, the Greenlandic Health Service can always establish its own rules to ensure the health of patients. Clinics, private practices or associations, which authorised healthcare personnel run or are employed in, are also not subject to the executive order.

2. Political gatherings and police operations are also not subject to the executive order.

3. There is no requirement to be fully vaccinated when present in private and public day care institutions, schools, educational institutions and nursing homes.

Does the vaccination requirement apply to transport?

No.

When should you use documentation?

It is not a requirement that citizens must be in possession of a physical corona passport or vaccination certificate. The police can request that the Health Service provides a person’s vaccination details in order to check them.

Fully vaccinated status check

The police ensure and check that people follow the executive order. Shop owners, personnel in public houses and food and drink establishments etc. are not obligated to check a person’s vaccination status. In the case of a check, a citizen may give the police permission to obtain his or her vaccination details from the Health Service, so the physical possession of a vaccination documentation is not necessary.

It is a criminal offence not to comply with the rules in the executive order. Failure to comply with the rules in the executive order may lead to fines in circumstances where sanctions apply.