Recommendations for those who are travelling abroad COVID-19

Residents of Iceland are advised not to travel to risk areas of COVID-19. All countries and regions abroad, except Greenland, are defined as risk areas due for COVID-19. Those who travel should exercise caution and follow advice on hygiene and disease prevention.

Iceland participates with travel restrictions in the EU/Schengen area (see more on the National Commissioner of Police's website).

All arriving travellers who have stayed for more than 24 hours in a risk area need to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival to Iceland, present a certificate of negative PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival and undergo at least one COVID-19 screening (PCR test) at the border. Those who are not exempt must undergo a second test 5 days later and stay in quarantine between tests. See more here.

The first screening is at the border upon arrival, while the second is 5 days later and performed at health care centres around the country. The timing of the second screening is determined by the first, e.g. if the first test is on Wednesday, the second is on Monday. If the second test is negative, then quarantine is lifted.

Certificates can be presented at the border of a previous COVID-19 infection or vaccination that meet certain conditions and exemption from presenting a negative PCR-test and quarantine is granted if certificate is deemed valid.

However, all arriving passengers have to undergo at least one COVID-19 screening upon arrival, wherever they come from and at any age, including those with a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection.

While awaiting screening results instructions for quarantine must be followed.

Passengers are expected to receive information on the results of their test within 24 hours, usually the same day or, if arrival time is after 5 pm, the next day. Passengers will be notified of the result in the tracing app, Rakning C-19, through, or in a text message. Positive results will be announced by telephone to the phone number confirmed during pre-registration. It is necessary to be able to reach all travellers to report their test results so a functioning phone is required.

Children born 2005 and later are exempt from presenting a certficate of a negative PCR-test upon arrival. All children need to undergo one screening test at the border. Testing for children can be from the nasopharynx, throat or mouth. Children are not exempt if they have had previous COVID-19 or are vaccinated. If the parent/guardian goes into quarantine the child quarantines as well but quarantine of the child is lifted with the adult, without a second screening test. If the parent/guardian presents a certificate for exemption of quarantine, the quarantine is lifted when anegative test result is received after arrival.

See instructions for home quarantine on the website of the Directorate of Health. If symptoms of COVID-19 develop such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. should order a test at or contact the health service by phone, or on the web chat at Outside daytime working hours, at Læknavaktin, tel. 1700 (+354 544 4113). Please do not show up unannounced to patient receptions.

  • Travelers should take good care of general hygiene, especially cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Follow the rules on quarantine on arrival in Iceland and go for the second test on the scheduled day if applicable.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals with colds/coughs or other illnesses.
  • Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands. Clean your hands again after touching your face.
  • Use disposable paper to cover your nose or mouth if sneezing and coughing and wash your hands regularly. Dispose of paper after use. Otherwise sneeze and cough in you elbow.
  • Keep 2 meters away from others.
  • Use face masks where appropriate.

Fyrst birt 14.08.2020
Síðast uppfært 06.04.2021

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