Research permits in Greenland

If you wish to carry out research in Greenland please be aware that a permit may be required. In some instances, you may need permits from multiple ministries. The processing of applications may take up to two months.

The application procedure is dependent on the nationality of the research vessel and that of the applicant. The application procedure is described below when:
1. The vessel is government-owned
1.1. Vessel or applicant is neither Greenlandic nor Danish
1.2. Vessel or applicant is Greenlandic or Danish
2. The vessel is privately owned

1. The vessel is government-owned
1.1. Vessel or applicant is neither Greenlandic nor Danish
The Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture refers applicants with government-owned research vessels, which are neither Greenlandic nor Danish, to contact their embassy in Denmark.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark processes research applications with foreign vessels in Greenland's maritime waters. All applications regarding research surveys in which the vessel or the applicant is neither Greenlandic nor Danish are to be sent to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs via diplomatic channels. The foreign applicant must therefore contact her or his embassy in Denmark. The embassy will then contact The Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will send an application form to the applicant. The applicant is to send the completed application form back to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will then relay the application form to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Government of Greenland.

1.2. Vessel or applicant is Greenlandic or Danish
If the research vessel as well as the research team is Greenlandic or Danish it is usually not necessary to involve The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The application(s) must be submitted with the appropriate ministry of The Government of Greenland. If research is to be carried out on e.g. marine mammals, birds or fish, an application is to be submitted to the Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture:

The Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture
APNN@nanoq gl
Imaneq 1A, 701
3900 Nuuk
Postbox 269

If a Danish research vessel is chartered by a foreign research entity, the procedure described above does not apply. In such cases, the procedure described when a vessel or applicant is neither Greenlandic nor Danish is to be followed.

2. The vessel is privately owned
Applicants with Greenlandic and Danish research vessels, as well as privately owned research vessels, are to submit their application(s) to the appropriate ministry of The Government of Greenland, as according to the procedure that apply when vessel or applicant is Greenlandic and Danish. If a foreign vessel staffed with a foreign research team is privately owned by the company conducting the research, prior diplomatic approval is not required.

Further information

Research permits

Please see The Ministry of Science and Environment's webpage

Application forms
Please see The Government of Greenland's webpage on expeditions to remote areas of Greenland:
https://exp gl/

You can download an application form for research regarding marine mammals, birds and fish here:
https://exp gl/Permit-Application/Additional-Permits

Please see the webpage on travel activities in remote areas of Greenland:
https://naalakkersuisut gl//en/About-government-of-greenland/Travel-activities-in-remote-parts-of-Greenland

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs processes applications for marine research conducted with foreign ships in the maritime waters of Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland. All applications for marine research are to be sent to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs via diplomatic channels.

https://um dk/da/udenrigspolitik/folkeretten/folkeretten-a/havret/
If you have any questions regarding procedures etc., please contact The Ministry of Foreign Affairs at jthav@um dk.

Legislation
The requirements in regards to fish biology research and exploratory fishing are described in chapter 9 of Greenland Parliament Law no. 18 of October 31, 1996 concerning fisheries.
All relevant legislation in Greenland is accessible via http://lovgivning gl/.

Contact
If you have questions regarding expeditions in Greenland's maritime waters as well as research on marine mammals, birds and fish, please contact The Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture via email at apnn@nanoq.gl.