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

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Travellers need to pre-register at covid.is. There is also a web chat for questions.

After more than a 24 hour stay in a defined risk area for COVID-19 in the last 14 days a traveller might need to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test upon departure/arrival according to Icelandic Regulations. Airlines are obligated to check before boarding if passengers are pre-registered and can present a required certificate.


Travellers who need to present a negative COVID-19 test:

  • Travellers who do not have ties to Iceland (see about ties to Iceland here below)

Traveller who is required to but does not present a certificate of a negative test upon arrival in the country is required to undergo PCR-testing at the border. While waiting test results rules for quarantine must be followed. An individual who cannot or refuses testing must follow rules of quarantine for 14 days. Violators of the Regulations can expect financial penalties or jail according to Article 19 of Act no.  19/1997 or Article 175 of Act no. 19/1940.

Travellers who do not need to
present a negative COVID-19 test:

  • Travellers with ties to Iceland.
    • 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 considered to have ties to Iceland.
    • Vaccinated, with antibodies or previous infection older than 180 days: One COVID-19 test within 2 days of arrival.
    • Unvaccinated: COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and again after 5 days of quarantine.

Travellers who are exempt from presenting a negative COVID-19 test and testing at the border

  • Travellers who present a positive PCR-test that is more than 14 days old but less than 180.
    (however, travellers from certain high-risk areas do need to undergo two PCR-tests and  a 5 day quarantine, except for children born 2016 and later, see details here).
  • Transit passengers who do not leave the airport.
  • Airline crew with ties to Iceland on a work trip abroad for 48 hours or less.
  • Children born 2005 and later.

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

  • A negative PCR- or antigen test (antigen, NAAT or LAMP test)
  • Test can be no older than 72 hours at boarding (departure)
      • If a passenger is arriving with a connecting flight then the 72 hours count from boarding of the first flight.
  • May be in paper or electronic format
  • Accepted from all countries and territories
  • Language: English or a Nordic language (Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) but not Finnish.
    • 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)
  • Date when test was performed
  • Issuer of certificate (laboratory or institution)
  • Any kind of self-tests are not accepted. Self-tests are tests where the individual performs the test himself/herself (also called home tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests).
  • 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 a sensitivity of at least 90% and a specificity of at least 97% according to instructions from the Director of Health in Iceland.


Fyrst birt 24.02.2021
Síðast uppfært 21.01.2022

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