Recommendations for those who are travelling abroad COVID-19

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Risk areas

The Chief Epidemiologist advises unvaccinated residents of Iceland against travel to COVID-19 risk areas unless strictly necessary. All countries and regions abroad are currently defined as risk areas due to COVID-19. Those who need to travel should exercise caution and follow advice on hygiene and disease prevention: use facemasks, sanitize hands and avoid crowds; see here below.

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

Children born 2005 and later are exempt from border measures due to risk areas for COVID-19.


General rules

All arriving travellers who have stayed over 24 hours in a risk area in the last 14 days need to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival to Iceland

Travellers with ties to Iceland: Do not need to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test but if fully vaccinated (or with a certificate of previous infection or antibodies) they need to undergo a COVID-19 tests within two days of arrival. See more here.

Travellers without ties to Iceland: Need to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, that is no older than 72 hours at boarding.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated (or with a certificate of previous infection or antibodies) need to undergo a PCR test on arrival and a quarantine that is lifted with a second test 5 days later.

Ties to Iceland: Icelandic citizens or permanent residents, people living or working in Iceland (including applicants for such permits), those coming to work or study for more than 7 days. Asylum seekers. Families and relatives of any of these groups are also cosidered to have ties to Iceland.

For those who need two PCR tests and quarantine, 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 day of the first screening is day zero. 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.

See details about certificates of vaccinationprevious COVID-19 infection and antibodies that need to fullfill certain criteria to be accepted at the border.

Further information and pre-registration can be found at, including a web chat for questions.

If symptoms of COVID-19 develop such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, cold symptoms, sore throat, head aches, vomiting or diarrhea, a PCR test should be ordered at or the health service contacted on the web chat at or by phone. Outside daytime working hours, at Læknavaktin, tel. 1700 (+354 544 4113) but in an emergency call 112. 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 that apply upon arrival in Iceland and go for testing 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 at least 1 meter distance from unrelated individuals if possible.
  • Use face masks where appropriate.

Fyrst birt 14.08.2020
Síðast uppfært 05.01.2022

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