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 choose between 2 tests after arrival or quarantine for 14 days. If testing is chosen, the 1st test is at the border but the 2nd test 5 days later at a primary care centre. In between the 2 tests rules of quarantine need to be followed.

Children born 2005 or later are exempt from pre-registration, testing and quarantine related to travel. Those who have been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 in Iceland or the EU and Schengen area, are exempt from quarantine (and testing), as long as they present a valid confirmation.

  • Passengers fill out a pre-registration form on covid.is before arrival
  • Passenger choose to undergo screening for COVID-19 after arrival or else stay in quarantine for 14 days. Screening involves 2 tests and quarantine for 5-6 days in between.
  • 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 on these items and other 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 passengers are required to provide information on where they are travelling from, whether they have any symptoms of COVID-19, whether they have a recent COVID-19 diagnosis, or if they have been in close contact with an infected individual. Children born 2005 and later are exempted from pre-registration, testing and quarantine as well as those with previous infection in the EU and Schengen area. The form contains 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 www.covid.is.

Health safety control measures at the border
Iceland's borders are open to other EU and Schengen states. Passengers need to obtain information on the conditions for entry into Iceland on the website of the Icelandc Police. Passengers can choose a PCR-test for COVID-19 on arrival or to self-quarantine for 14 days (or during their stay if stay is shorter). Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from these measures, as well as those who have stayed outside of high-risk areas for 14 days prior to arrival and flight and freight ship crews who are residents in Iceland.
Those with a previously confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or confirmed antibodies measured in Iceland or the EU and Schengen area are exempt from quarantine upon arrival if they show a valid certificate at the border. Certificates of previous infection can be obtained from heilsuvera.is or the Directorate of Health for those without electronic ID (email: mottaka@landlaeknir.is). Certificates of antibody testing by DeCode can be found on www.heilsuvera.is (need electronic ID). Other antibody certificates need to be obtained from the relevatn laboratory or a doctor.

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 is done upon arrival and is free of charge (at least until 1 February). 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 one and if 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 private care, rent-a-car or taxi) and then stay at your residence. Use of the Fly-bus is allowed. Wash your hands and/or use of 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 you test is negative. Negative results are also 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 it is 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.

Requirements for a two-week quarantine
All information on requirements for quarantine is available at covid.is. 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 for two weeks from the time of last contact.

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 14.12.2020

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