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Greenland Implements New Port and Cruise Passenger Taxes Effective January 1, 2024

In a significant move, the Parliament of Greenland passed the Law on Port- and Cruise Passenger Taxes on November 14, 2023. This legislation, set to come into effect on January 1, 2024, introduces several key measures aimed at regulating and supporting the growing cruise tourism industry in Greenland.

Key Provisions of the Law:

  1. Passenger Tax in Designated Ports:
      • A tax of DKK 50 per passenger will be levied in specific ports across Greenland. These include Qaanaaq, Upernavik, Uummannaq, Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat, Qasigiannguit, Aasiaat, Kangaatsiaq, Sisimiut, Kangerlussuaq, Maniitsoq, Nuuk, Paamiut, Narsaq, Narsarsuaq, Qaqortoq, Nanortalik, Tasiilaq, and Ittoqqortoormiit.
  2. Port Fee Based on Gross Tonnage (GT):
      • Vessels below 30,000 GT will maintain the existing port fee of DKK 1.10 per GT.
      • Vessels exceeding 30,000 GT will incur an increased fee of DKK 2.20 per GT.
      • Nuuk is exempted from the new fee structure, and operators are advised to verify exact fees with their port agents.
  3. Maintenance- and Environmental Fee:
      • A new fee, the Maintenance- and Environmental fees, will be enforced at settlements and designated nature sites as defined by the municipalities.
      • The fee, up to DKK 50 per passenger per location, applies irrespective of whether passengers disembark.
      • Municipalities will submit the list of locations and associated fees annually, with the 2024 season's list due on December 1, 2023.


This legislative framework demonstrates Greenland's commitment to sustainable tourism and responsible cruise activities. Industry stakeholders are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new tax structure and collaborate closely with local authorities to ensure compliance.

For further details and clarification, operators are advised to consult their port agents and stay informed about any updates from the Greenlandic authorities. The implementation of these taxes reflects the evolving landscape of cruise tourism regulations in the Arctic region.