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Iceland and COVID-19

Visiting Iceland

Before travelling to Iceland we highly recommend you go through this official quick-guide on COVID-19 border measures to help you find out what general rules apply for visitors when entering Iceland.

For further information, developments, and advice about Iceland and COVID-19, visit the designated COVID-19 website for Iceland, the Directorate of Health and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

Rules on the border

Updated July 19

As of 27 July, all vaccinated persons and those that can present a certificate of a prior COVID-19 infection must present a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test that is no more than 72 hours old before departure to Iceland. This decision by the Minister of Health is based on recommendations from the Chief Epidemiologist.

Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to present negative PCR test results no more than 72 hours old and undergo double PCR screening with a five-day quarantine in between.

Children born in 2005 or later will continue to be exempted from all border measures.

Read more: COVID-19 test certificate required before departure for vaccinated travellers

All travellers must do the following:

Pre-register before arriving in Iceland and confirm their departure day, if available.

Present a certificate of full vaccination, or a certificate of previous infection, at the border.  If a certificate is not valid the individual needs to undergo 2 tests and quarantine for 5 days in between.

14 days have to have passed from the second dose (or 14 days from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson dose) for a certificate to be valid. If the time is shorter than 14 days, the traveler needs to undergo testing at the boarder and follow rules on home quarantine until a negative result is obtained.

Travelers with a certificate do not have to present a negative PCR test.

Testing and quarantine of children: Children born in 2005 or later do not have to be tested on the border. They are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. If a child travels with a person who is required to be quarantined, the child stays with them and is released from quarantine if the second test from the companion is negative. If the companion is exempt from double screening and quarantine, so is the child. A child travelling alone does not need to quarantine.

Children that are 16 years and older need to undergo testing at the boarder, quarantine for 5 days and have a second test, unless they are fully vaccinated. Children who have not reached the age of 18 are permitted to travel to Iceland with their parents, given the parents are exempt from travel restrictions to Iceland.

It is recommended that travelers download the Rakning C-19 app. It is used, amongst other things, to communicate negative testing results and helps to trace infections if necessary.