Exemptions from requirements to present a negative PCR test and take a COVID-19 test for flight crews travelling abroad

Pursuant to Article 4 of Regulation No. 747/2021 on quarantine, isolation and testing at the Icelandic border due to COVID-19, any person arriving in Iceland who has spent more than 24 hours over the last 14 days in countries identified as risk areas by the Chief Epidemiologist must show a negative PCR test result performed no earlier than 72 hours before boarding and take a SARS-CoV-2 test at the border point of arrival. They must then quarantine until they receive the result of a second test performed 5 days after arrival.

If the arriving passenger has a recognised COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous COVID-19 infection, they do not need to quarantine, but they must present evidence when boarding of a negative COVID-19 test (either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test) no older than 72 hours. If the arriving passenger has connections to Iceland, they must take either a COVID-19 PCR test or a rapid antigen test within 2 days of arriving in Iceland (cf. Article 6 of the Regulation and Addenda 2 and 5).

Pursuant to Article 9(5) of the Regulation, the Chief Epidemiologist may grant an exception from testing and/or presenting a negative PCR test to certain professionals subject to the Chief Epidemiologist’s instructions on work travel abroad. This category includes persons engaged in the transport of goods and services, e.g. flight crews. Such exemptions are subject to submitting an application.

The exemption may be granted to flight crews of air operators holding an operating licence in Iceland and crew members of foreign operators who are resident in Iceland, under the following conditions:

  1. No more than 72 hours has elapsed between leaving Iceland and returning.
  2. Crew members must hold a valid vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection, cf. People who have been infected with COVID-19 or have been vaccinated.
  3. Flight crews who have their main base or reside in Iceland must have travelled exclusively for professional purposes and have complied in all respects with the instructions of their employer and the Chief Epidemiologist, which can be regarded as the equivalent of quarantine.
  4. Crew members who, despite taking precautionary measures, are exposed to infection, whether within their family, their circle of friends or at work, must fully comply with the instructions of the Chief Epidemiologist on quarantine and are no longer covered by this exemption.
  5. People in this situation must closely monitor their health and be particularly vigilant for the following symptoms:
    • Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting
    • Cold or sore throat, sudden change in sense of smell or taste
    • Cough or shortness of breath
    • Fatigue, muscle or bone pain, headache
    • Temperature over 38°C

If any of these symptoms emerge, the person should contact their work medical service to ascertain whether or not they should report for work.


Fyrst birt 03.02.2021
Síðast uppfært 25.08.2021

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