Recommendations for those who are travelling abroad COVID-19

Residents of Iceland, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or with a confirmed previous infection), are advised not to travel to risk areas. All countries and regions abroad, except Greenland, are defined as risk areas due to COVID-19. Those who travel should exercise caution and follow advice on hygiene and disease prevention.

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

All arriving travellers need to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival to Iceland. Those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or with a confirmed previous infection), and have stayed over 24 hours in a risk area in the last 14 days, need to present a certificate of negative PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival and undergo two COVID-19 tests (PCR test) with a 5 day quarantine in between tests. Those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or with a confirmed previous infection) need to undergo one PCR-test upon arrival. See more here.

For those who need two tests, 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 of vaccination or a previous COVID-19 infection that meet certain conditions can be presented at the border for exemption from presenting a negative PCR-test, second testing and quarantine if certificate is deemed valid.

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.

While awaiting screening results instructions for quarantine must be followed.

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. a test should be ordered at or the health service contacted 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 1 meters away from others.
  • Use face masks where appropriate.

Fyrst birt 14.08.2020
Síðast uppfært 16.06.2021

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