Information for travellers to Iceland

Iceland's borders have remained open to other EU and Schengen states throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Travellers have to pre-register on covid.is. Those arriving from high-risk areas for COVID-19 need to present a certificate of a negative PCR-test upon arrival that is no more than 72 hours old at departure, undergo two tests after arrival with quarantine in between the two tests. The first test is at the border upon arrival but the second test 5 days later at a primary care centre.

Children born 2005 or later who travel are exempt from testing and presenting a negative PCR-test upon arrival but need to quarantine with their parent/guardian. Those who have been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 in Iceland or the EEA/EFTA-area, and present a valid certificate upon arrival, are exempt from border measures. Those that have a valid cerftificate from the EEA/EFTA-area with vaccination against COVID-19 or the International Certificate of Vaccination according to the International Health Regulation (2005) are also exempt.

  • Passengers fill out a pre-registration form on covid.is before arrival
  • Passenger present a negative PCR-test and choose to undergo screening for COVID-19 or present a certificate of previous infection or vaccination. Screening involves two tests and quarantine for 5-6 days in between the tests.
  • Passengers, crew and staff wear facemasks at the airport and on international flights.
  • Attention to hygiene and basic infection control is required and physical distancing should be respected.
  • Passengers are encouraged to download and use the app Rakning C-19
  • While awaiting test results travellers stay at their residence and adhere to rules of quarantine.
  • More details and information is on covid.is as well as web chat for questions.

Before departure
Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, with their personal details, contact information, type of transport, travel dates and address(es) during their stay in Iceland. The form also includes a declaration of health and a confirmation that a valid negative PCR-test will be presented upon arrival.. Children born 2005 and later are exempted from presenting a negative PCR-testand screening at the border. The form contains more information on these and other exemptions.

Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19. The app contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

Health safety of air travellers, aviation personnel, ports and ships
Updated guidelines for health safety measures are in line with EASA and ECDC´s COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol Operational Guidelines. Passengers will be required to abide by the guidelines regarding infection control, physical distancing and use of facemasks during flights and at the airport. Guidelines are avalable for ports and ships. This information is available on covid.is.

Health safety control measures at the border
Iceland's borders are open to EU and Schengen states. Passengers need to obtain information on the conditions for entry into Iceland on the website of the Icelandic Police. Passengers are required to present a negative PCR-test that is no more than 72 hours at boarding, then undergo two PCR-tests for COVID-19 upon arrival and quarantine for 5-6 days in between tests.

Those with a previously confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or confirmed antibodies measured in Iceland or the EEA/EFTA-area are exempt from quarantine upon arrival if they show a valid certificate at the border. Certificates of previous infection and antibody testing by DeCode can be obtained from heilsuvera.is (need electronic ID) or at the Directorate of Health for those without electronic ID (email: mottaka@landlaeknir.is). Other antibody certificates need to be obtained from the relevant laboratory or a doctor. Exemption on border measures is also given to those with a valid certificate of vaccination from the EEA/EFTA area, or that present the International Certificate of Vaccination, against COVID-19. See details on covid.is.

Points of entry
Testing is available at Keflavik airport. Passengers arriving in other international airports (Reykjavik, Akureyri, Egilsstadir) or ports will be tested either at the airport/port, at the local healthcare centre or a designated facility for border screening.

Testing at the border
PCR testing upon arrival is free of charge (at least until 1 May). Testing at the border should take less than an hour. Following the test, passengers should travel directly to their registered address (provided in their pre-registration form) and adhere to rules of quarantine. The 2nd test is 5 days after the 1st test and if the results are negative then quarantine is lifted. A positive test requires isolation and further testing.

While waiting for test results
Passengers need to self-quarantine until they receive their results from the 2nd test. Do not use public transport to get to your destination (use a private car, rent-a-car or taxi) and then stay at your place of quarantine. Use of the Fly-bus is allowed. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer regularly, avoid touching common surfaces, avoid touching your face (eyes, mouth and nose) with unwashed hands, and respect physical distancing (stay 2 meters/6 feet from others).

The 2nd test and quarantine
All travellers need to quarantine between the 2 tests. Here is a list of centres that perform the 2nd test. Note varible hours of operation and some centres require an appointment to be made. If the 5th day is on a weekend the 2nd test might need to be postponed for a day, if outside the Reykjavik area and quarantine is then prolonged.

Reporting of test results
Passengers can expect to receive their test results within 24 hours. Passengers who test positive will receive a phone call notifying them. If you are not contacted in 24 hours your test is negative. Negative results are sent through the app (Rakning C-19), or through text message. To ensure you receive your test results, all passengers are required to provide reliable contact information on their pre-registration forms and have a functioning phone. This applies to results of the 1st and 2nd test.

In the event of a positive test result
If you test positive, the health care service evaluates you and offers further testing such as antibody testing to determine whether you have an active infection. In the case of an active infection, you must self-isolate. Foreign nationals who are required to self-isolate and do not have access to a suitable location where they can isolate will be given accommodation at a specialised isolation centre at no cost to them. Infected individuals must provide information to the contact tracing team on who they have come in close contact with during two days prior to the onset of their symptoms. Further information on isolation requirements are here: https://www.covid.is/categories/how-does-isolation-work.

Requirements quarantine
All information on requirements for quarantine is available at https://www.covid.is/categories/how-does-quarantine-work. Please note that violations of quarantine or isolation requirements are subject to fines or enforcement action from the relevant authorities to ensure compliance.

In the event of an obligatory self-quarantine
A negative test result does not guarantee that an individual will not later be required to self-quarantine if they have been exposed to infection, e.g. on the flight to Iceland.

The contact tracing team interviews those who have been in close contact with a confirmed active case during two days prior to the onset of symptoms , e.g. been within 2 meters of an individual for more than 15 minutes, or those who have sat close to an infected individual on an airplane. They might be required to self-quarantine.

In case of diagnosis
Medical examination, treatment or medical supervision of notifiable diseases, including COVID-19, is of no cost to the patient. This does not apply to an elective PCR-test for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

During the stay
All travellers are encouraged to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and others, such as with frequent handwashing, use of disinfectants, and to follow health safety regulations in place. All travellers are encouraged to maintain a distance of 2 meters from others as much as possible. Social distancing is an important part of preventive measures.

PCR tests do not absolutely rule out COVID-19 infections in asymptomatic individuals. Travellers are encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19. The app contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service. Travellers are encouraged to follow information on the official COVID-19 information portal www.covid.is, which has the most up to date information and important announcements in several languages for tourists.

Tourists are encouraged to monitor their health. Those who become ill or think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 can contact the health care helpline through the app Rakning C-19, at www.covid.is, through the national health portal Heilsuvera, or by dialling 1700 (+354 544 4113 if calling from a foreign phone number). In case of an emergency, call 112.


Fyrst birt 14.08.2020
Síðast uppfært 04.03.2021

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