COVID-19 in Iceland

Iceland During Covid – Everything You Need to Know

Nordical Travel, Last updated: June 23, 2021

  • From the 27th of July, vaccinated passengers (and those with prior infection) born in 2004 or earlier must present a negative PCR or antigen test prior to boarding a vessel to Iceland
  • Other passengers arriving from any of the designated ‘risk zones‘ must undergo two screenings and quarantine for five days in between, pending second screening results
  • Everyone must pre-register before arriving in Iceland
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Visiting Iceland During Covid – When and How?

Okay, let’s get serious for a minute. We know it has been a tough year for everyone, but as we gradually begin to emerge from this pandemic, our hearts long to travel again. As to where we can travel to remains in question. However, because Iceland has made global headlines for the way in which it has dealt with the pandemic, many eyes are looking at Iceland as one of the safest destinations to travel to. So, here is everything you need to know regarding the Icelandic government’s latest decisions regarding traveling to Iceland during this period so that you can plan your trip with peace of mind.

Can I Visit Iceland During Covid?

The Icelandic government recently announced that, regardless of where you are coming from, if you have been administered a COVID-19 vaccination, and can provide a valid certificate, you may enter Iceland without having to undergo a COVID-19 screening, nor will you be required to quarantine. The same rule applies if you can also present a valid medical certificate that shows that you have already had a previous COVID-19 infection.

Passengers arriving from the EEA/EFTA, San Marino, Vatican City, Andorra, and Monaco are required to present a negative PCR test taken no less than 72 hours of their arrival to Iceland. They are then required to undergo a free COVID-19 test at the airport, where they will then isolate for 5 days. After this 5-day period, they are then required to take a second test. If this test is negative, they are then free to travel around the country. Of course, the above rules apply regarding a medical certificate of a previous COVID-19 infection or having previously been administered a vaccination.

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Visiting Iceland After May 1st

After May 1st, Iceland will be using the ECDC risk assessment color-coding system, and all arrivals coming from low-risk Green and Yellow countries may visit Iceland and be exempt from quarantine as long they provide a negative PCR test. They will, however, be required to undergo a free COVID-19 screening, but after this, they will be free to travel around the country. Again, the above rules apply regarding a medical certificate of a previous COVID-19 infection or having previously been administered a vaccination, in which case you are not required to quarantine or undergo a COVID-19 screening.

If you are traveling from a risk area, such as Red, then you must provide a valid certification of a negative PCR test no less than 72 hours before arrival. You are then expected to undergo a free COVID-19 screening, followed by 5-day quarantine, and a second free COVID-19 screening. If you can provide a valid medical certification of vaccination or previous COVID-19 infection, then you will not be required to quarantine or undergo a COVID-19 screening.

Regardless of where you are coming from, if you cannot provide a valid medical certificate that states you have either had a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours, a previous COVID-19 infection or a vaccination, then we do not recommend that you travel to Iceland. Your entry to the country will be denied.

What if I Have to Quarantine for Five Days?

Well, Iceland isn’t exactly the worst place to isolate for five days. However, there are some things you need to know. You cannot stay in any shared accommodation such as a hotel or guesthouse where you can interact with other guests, you must stay in an isolated accommodation such as a summer house in the countryside. You must arrange the accommodation yourself and be able to prove this upon arrival. If you cannot, then you will be required to register in an isolation facility.

You are not permitted to be picked up at the airport, nor can you take any public or scheduled airport transfers. You may take a taxi from the airport. However, we recommend hiring a car, which can be pre-arranged or arranged at the airport.

When you have arrived at your isolated accommodation, you are permitted to leave for exercise purposes, as long as you are wearing a mask and respecting social distancing measures.

What if I Have Been Diagnosed with COVID-19 After Arrival

We strongly recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance in case this happens. Whatever additional expenses occurred due to isolation or re-booking of flights, it would be important to know if you are covered.

According to All of This, I Can Visit Iceland. So, What’s Next?

Great news, if you already know that you are cleared to travel to Iceland, the first thing you need to do is to pre-register before arrival. Please note, however, that this does not guarantee your entry to Iceland. When you arrive, we ask that you follow all guidelines regarding hygiene and social distancing measures. This means washing your hands, wearing masks where they are required, respecting the distance, and observing all gathering restrictions in place at the time of your visit.

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