Welcome to Iceland, dear traveller. What happens next?

All arriving passengers must choose between quarantine for 14 days (or the entire stay if stay is shorter) or two COVID-19 tests after arrival and quarantine between the 2 tests. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from testing and quarantine. Those with a valdi confirmation/certificate of a previous COVID-19 infection are also exempt (please read the criteria carefully).

The first screening test is taken at the border. Arriving passengers will subsequently be quarantined for 5–6 days until a result is obtained from a second test. If the result of the test is negative (no sign of the virus), the quarantine is lifted.

If you choose the 14-day quarantine on arrival, this period cannot be shortened with a test taken later.

If the virus is detected and you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you must go into isolation and anybody who has been in contact with you must go into quarantine.

Awaiting results from the first screening test:

  1. The rules of quarantine apply once you leave the border point. Once the border screening sample for the PCR test is collected, you must go directly to your place of quarantine, by private car, taxi or rental car. You may use the airport shuttle bus from the airport. You must use a face mask if travelling by airport shuttle or taxi. If necessary, you are permitted to spend one night in appropriate quarantine accommodation near the point of entry, before travelling to your final quarantine site.
  2. Please make sure to download the app Rakning C-19, available through www.covid.is/app. The app is used to deliver test results when the virus is not found (negative result). It is also used to trace infections, if necessary, and provides important information about COVID-19. Additional information about the app is available on www.covid.is/app/en
  3. Negative results (virus not found) are communicated via the Rakning C-19 app or by SMS message to the phone number verified at pre-registration. It is important that the phone used for pre-registration is activated. If you have not received any message within 24 hours your sample has tested negative. If the result is positive (virus found) you will be contacted by telephone by the COVID outpatients ward at Landspítali University Hospital. During the telephone call the next steps will be explained to you, i.e. a test that will verify whether you have an active infection or whether you have virus antibodies. An active infection will always lead to isolation.

    Questions may be directed to the online chatline covid.is.

Quarantine between tests:

  1. When the result from the first test is negative you will need to remain in quarantine. While in quarantine, you must stay at your registered location and avoid contact with other people. Remain within your quarantine location. Pay attention to personal hygiene, especially hand hygiene. Please have your phone switched on at all times to be able to receive calls or messages on the results of the COVID-19 test and for the function of the tracing app Rakning C-19.

    During quarantine, you:

    • may seek necessary health care services by contacting the nearest primary care clinic, on-call services (1700 or +354 544 4113) or emergency services (112) by phone.
    • may go for a walk in areas where few other people are present, but must stay at least 2 meters away from other pedestrians.
    • may not take a drive. You may however drive from the border crossing to your final quarantine site and to the second COVID test.
    • may not have direct contact with persons not part of your own household; regarding contact with persons in your household you should pay careful attention to hygiene and attempt to maintain social distancing at all times.
    • may not use public transport (only taxis, rental car or private car to get to your quarantine location, seek necessary medical assistance or be tested as provided for above).
    • may not visit restaurants, bars, public gatherings of any form, gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, theatres, shops or visit any place where crowds may be encountered.
    • may not run errands or shop for yourself, this includes pharmacies, grocery stores, post offices, banks or other stores. Internet shops and restaurants offer delivery services in some but not all towns. 
    • may not attend school or work.
  2. The second test is conducted 5-6 days after the first test. If the first test was e.g. on a Wednesday, the second will be on the Monday thereafter. After your first test, you will receive further information about your second test by e-mail. This will contain information on where and when to attend the second screening test. You will be sent a bar code on the evening before your second test. To reach the testing site you may use a private car, rental car or taxi.

NOTE! If your first test was positive, whether or not you are isolated with active infection or released from quarantine due to recovered infection, you should not attend the second screening.

Awaiting results from the second screening test:

After the second test, you must return to the site of quarantine and remain there until you receive the results. If the results are negative, you are released from quarantine. A positive result, however, will always require isolation and further investigation. If no results have been sent to you after 24 hours, your sample is negative. Questions may be directed to the online chatline covid.is.


If you develop symptoms that may be due to COVID-19, either during the
quarantine or afterwards, you should contact (by phone) the nearest primary care clinic or the on-call service (Læknavaktin in 1700 or +354 544 4113). In emergencies phone 112.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Body aches, headaches, fatigue
  • Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat
  • Sudden changes in sense of taste and/or smell
  • Abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhoea (more common in children)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you must not visit a health care facility or a screening site, but should call first and notify them so that providers can be prepared to help you while keeping themselves and others safe.

Version 2, 19 October 2020.

Fyrst birt 17.12.2020

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