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Iceland and COVID-19

Please find updated information on COVID-19 and Iceland below.

All information, developments, and advice about Iceland and COVID-19 can be found at the designated COVID-19 website for Iceland, the Directorate of Health and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

Visiting Iceland

As of February 19, 2021, all arriving passengers in Iceland are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland. The double screening measures for all arrival still remains in place, which requires all arriving passengers to submit a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-6 day quarantine and a second PCR test. Those who provide valid proof of having been vacicnated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine meeasures at the border. The same applies for those who can provide proof of prior infection.

The new regulations also includes provisions that require individuals to isolate in managed isolation facilities (quarantine hotels) if the first border test is positive and the infected individual is unable to provide credible plans for self-managed isolation.

Read more about the new regulations on arriving in Iceland here.

Those who have confirmed with PCR-testing or antibody testing from an EU/EFTA state that they have previously had a COVID-19 infection are exempt from quarantine. All those who present a valid international vaccination certificate for full vaccination with an approved vaccine against COVID-19 are exempt.

Before departure

New border measures
New border measures will come into force on February 19, which requires all arriving passengers In iceland to present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland.

New regulation on isolation
The new regulation includes provisions that require individiuals to isolate in maanaged isolation facilities (quarantine hotels) if the first border test is positive and the infected individiual is unable to provide credible plans for self-manages isolations.

Travel restrictions
Icelandic borders are open to the residents and citizens of the EEA and Switzerland, and Iceland follows the travel restrictions of the outer borders of the Schengen area which are in effect at present. Here you will be able to find all necessary information on the travel restrictions applicable for travel to Iceland due to COVID-19.

Pre-registration for arrivals to Iceland. All travellers are under obligation to complete a registration form, follow infection prevention rules and are encouraged to download the Rakning C-19 app (a tracking app). Pre-registration does not constitute travel authorisation.

The Rakning C-19 app
The app is used is used to send information on negative results from screening tests and to help track infections if necessary. The Rakning C-19 app – Information and instructions.

All travellers are strongly encouraged to follow precautionary guidelines, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, and to respect regulations in place, including the 2-meter social distancing rule and using masks.

Newest updates on the matter can always found on the Government of Iceland's official website and the Official website for Iceland and COVID-19.