Recommendations for those who are travelling abroad COVID-19

The Chief Epidemiologist advises residents of Iceland against travel to COVID-19 risk areas unless strictly necessary. All countries and regions abroad, except Greenland, are defined as risk areas due to COVID-19. Those who need to 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 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. All travellers need to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test at boarding and upon arrival, that is no older than 72 hours at boarding. Those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or with a confirmed previous infection) need to undergo two COVID-19 tests (PCR test) with a 5 day quarantine in between tests. See more here.

For those who need two 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 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 vaccination or a previous COVID-19 infection that need to fullfill certain criteria to be accepted at the border.

Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or with a confirmed previous infection) with strong ties to Iceland (citizens, residents etc.) need to undergo a COVID-19 test within two days of arrival to the country but are exempt from quarantine. This requirement also applies to children born 2005 to 2015. See details here and in pre-registration.

Children born 2005 and later are exempt from presenting a certficate of a negative test upon arrival. If the parent/guardian needs to quarantine the child quarantines as well but quarantine of the child is lifted with the adult, without testing for the child. If the parent/guardian presents a certificate for exemption of quarantine, or a child travels alone, the child is exempt from quarantine.

Children born 2016 and later are exempt from pre-registration and testing.

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, cold symptoms, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea, a test should be ordered at heilsuvera.is or the health service contacted by phone, or on the web chat at heilsuveru.is. 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 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 20.08.2021

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