A requirement for a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in Iceland

All travellers arriving in Iceland who have stayed more than 24 hours in a defined risk area for COVID-19 in the last 14 days need to present a certificate of a negative test for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 upon arrival according to Icelandic Regulations. Airline can refuse a passenger to board if they do not present a negative test that is required. Note that special separate rules apply for airlines regarding their obligation to check that their passengers are pre-registered and have a required certificate.

Children born 2005 and later are exempt from presenting a negative test.

Travellers with a recent COVID-19 infection who present a positive PCR-test that is more than 14 days old but less than 180 days old are exempt from presenting a negative test upon arrival.

Travellers who are unable to present a certificate of a negative test upon arrival in the country will be required to undergo PCR-testing at the border and can expect refusal of entry or a fine. Icelandic citizens will not be refused entry. While waiting test results rules on quarantine must be followed.

 

The Chief Epidemiologist´s requirements for certificates of a negative COVID-19 test

  • Travellers who present a certificate of full vaccination or previous infection
      • A negative PCR- or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 is required.
      • If a positive PCR-test is presented that is more than 14 days old but less than 180 days then a negative test is not required.
  • Travellers who do not present a certificate of full vaccination or previous infection
      • A negative PCR-test for SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 is required. Antigen tests are not accepted for these travellers, who are required to undergo two PCR-tests after arrival, the first at the border and the second 5 days after the first, with quarantine in between.
  • A negative test presented may be in paper or electronic format.
  • Test has to be performed within 72 hours of departure (boarding).
      • If a passenger is arriving with a connecting flight then the 72 hours count from boarding of the first flight.
  • Must be in English or a Nordic language (Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) but not Finnish.
  • A certificate in another language may be valid if a certified stamped translation is included in one of the required languages.
  • First name and last name (as in travel documents).
  • Date of birth (or national ID number).
  • Issuer of certificate (laboratory or institution).
  • Date when test was performed.
  • Result of test (negative PCR, NAAT, LAMP or antigen test)

More about negative tests accepted

  • Rapid antigen tests and PCR tests (including RT-PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR) are accepted.
  • Any kind of self-tests (PCR, antigen or LAMP) are not accepted. Those not vaccinated or with a previous infection must present a PCR-test (not an antigen test).
  • There are no specific requirements for sensitivity and specificity of PCR- or rapid tests, but as a reference, rapid tests permitted for use in Iceland have sensitivity of at least 90% and specificity of at least 97% according to instructions from the Director of Health in Iceland.

Exempt from presenting a negative PCR-test are:

  • Children born in 2005 and later.
  • Those who have stayed abroad in a defined risk area for less than 24 hours.
  • Those who have stayed abroad outside of risk areas for the last 14 days (e.g. at sea).
  • Those recently diagnosed with COVID-19 who present a positive PCR-test that is more than 14 days old but less than 180 days.
  • Certain professions after defined work trips abroad provided that they have an exemption letter from the Chief Epidemiologist.

Note regarding screening upon arrival:
Citizens and permanent residents of Iceland as well as certain other travellers with ties to Iceland are required to undergo a COVID-19 test within 2 days of arrival in the country despite presenting a certificate of full vaccination and despite of presenting a negative test upon arrival. Those with a recent infection are exempted as above regarding positive PCR-tests. For details see covid.is and travel pre-registration.


Fyrst birt 24.02.2021
Síðast uppfært 14.09.2021

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