A requirement for a negative PCR-test upon arrival in Iceland

All arrival passengers to Iceland who have stayed more than 24 hours in a defined risk area for COVID-19 need to present a certificate of a negative PCR-test fort SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 before boarding a plane or ship on the way to Iceland and also upon arrival according to Act no. 161/2021 effective 19 February 2021.

Instructions from the Chief Epidemiologist on the certificate for a negative PCR-test

  • Negative PCR test result (RNA) for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.
  • A certificate must be presented at departure and again at the border upon arrival.
  • Have been performed within 72 hours of departure.
    • 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 and date of birth of the individual (equivalent to travel documents).
  • Date when test was performed.
  • Name and telephone number of the laboratory.
  • The result of the test shall be pre-registered electronically along with other information before departure.

Exempt from presenting a negative PCR-test are:

  • Those with a valid certificate of previous COVID-19 infection (a positive PCR test more than 14 days old or measured antibodies (IgG) against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19).
  • Those with a valid vaccination certificate against COVID-19.
  • Children born in 2005 and later.
  • Those who have stayed abroad in a defined risk area for less than 24 hours.
  • Crew and certain other professions after work trips abroad provided that they have an exemption letter from the Chief Epidemiologist.


  • Individuals who are unable to present this certificate upon arrival in the country will either be sent back or fined.
  • Icelandic citizens and those who have a residence permit in Iceland will not be barred from entering the country.

Fyrst birt 24.02.2021

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