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Iceland and COVID-19

Visiting Iceland

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.

Travel restrictions information for Iceland

Updated April 27

Special rules apply when travelling to Iceland, and it is important that everyone who travels to Iceland familiarise themselves with the current infection prevention measures.Exemptions for individuals with validvaccination and prior Covid infectioncertificatesare in effect.Seemore information below.

Please note that unnecessary travelling from specified high-risk areas is banned – please visit this site for more information. 

Everyone traveling to Iceland must: (see rules on vaccination certification exemption below) 

- Preregister electronically before departure from place of origin
- Mandatory: Submit a certificate of a negative PCR-test for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) before boarding an aircraft or ship to Iceland and again upon arrival. The negative test result must have been collected no more than 72 hours before departure (on the first leg of the journey). Rapid antigen tests are not valid.
- Everybody must undergo testing up on arrival to Iceland. This includes children, those that have been vaccinated and those with prior Covid-19 infection. 
- Passengers who present a vaccination certificate or a certificate of a prior infection need to undergo one test at the borders and quarantine until a negative result is obtained.
- Those who do not present a certificate at the border must quarantine for five days and go for another test and wait for a negative result to end the quarantine. 
- Travel directly to the quarantine station after arriving at the border stop, by airbus, taxi, rental car, or a private vehicle that has been left for you at the airport.
- Persons who are unable to demonstrate an adequate isolation/quarantine location are required to stay in a quarantine facility.
- We recommended that all travellers download the tracing "Rakning C-19" app.  

Exemption from border measures for vaccinated individuals 

The Icelandic government has announced that all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a prior Covid infection can travel to Iceland without being subject to triple testing and quarantine.  Passengers will need to undergo one test upon arrival due to the indication that those individuals can pass on infections. They are not required to stay in quarantine but shall wait for the result of the test at their place of stay and follow the rules of quarantine until results.  Results should be available after 6-24 hrs. This is temporary and will be reviewed on the 1st of June. If a child born 2005 or later and travels with a parent/custodian who has a certificate of exemption at the border, must undergo a test at the border but does not have to go into quarantine. While waiting for the test results the child and custodian should follow the rules for quarantine. 

Requirements: 
- Proof of a valid vaccination certificate (CDC, WHO, Yellow Card) Certificates can be either on paper format or electronic Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19 (landlaeknir.is) 
- Pfizer BioNTech
- Vaccine Moderna
- Vaccine AstraZeneca
- Vaccine Johnson & Johnson - Janssen
- Certification of a prior Covid 19 infection Certificates regarding previous COVID-19 infection that are accepted at the border in Iceland for exemption of border measures (landlaeknir.is)  

Measures to counter forged certificates: If the slightest suspicion arises about the authenticity of a certificate submitted by an individual, the individual in question shall be required to undergo two tests with and quarantine between tests. 

Easing of border restrictions phase 1 – valid from around June 1st  

After June 1st, the border measures will be based on the regularly updated data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Countries will be risk-assessed into blue, green, orange and red zones according to the epidemiological situation. Considering Iceland's unique geographical position, the measures at the border will be stricter than those prescribed by the EU, at least initially and until we have vaccinated the majority of adults. Second phase of easing border restriction is planned on July 1st.  

Passengers presenting a valid proof of negative PCR-test result at the border will be exempt from a five-day quarantine and a second screening.  

Rule for passengers entering Iceland will be the following until around June 1st
- Blue: No border restrictions
- Green: Bring a negative PCR from place of origin. Double screening with a five-day quarantine. Passenger presenting a valid proof of negative PCR-test result at the border will be exempt from a five-day quarantine and a second screening. 
- Orange: Bring a negative PCR from place of origin. Double screening with a five-day quarantine. Passengers presenting a valid proof of negative PCR-test result at the border will be exempt from a five-day quarantine and a second screening. 
- Red: Bring a negative PCR from place of origin. Double screening with a five-day quarantine in a quarantine facility as a main rule.  

Rule for passengers entering Iceland will be the following from around June 1st
- Blue: No border restrictions.
- Green: Bring a negative PCR from place of origin and one PCR test upon arrival.
- Orange: Bring a negative PCR from place of origin. Double screening with a five-day quarantine.
- Red: Bring a negative PCR from place of origin. Double screening with a five-day quarantine. 

Rule for passengers entering Iceland will be the following from around July 1st
- Blue: No border restrictions
- Green: One PCR test upon arrival.
- Orange: Bring a negative PCR from place of origin. One PCR test upon arrival.
- Red: Bring a negative PCR from place of origin. Double screening with a five-day quarantine. 

The classification into risk-categories will be based on EU recommendations: 
- 14-day incidence rate
- Positivity rate
- Testing rate  

The risk assessment will be based on the following criteria:
- Green means that the 14-day incidence rate is below 25 per 100 thousand inhabitants, and less than 4% of tests are positive. 
- Orange means that the 14-day incidence rate is below 50 per 100 thousand inhabitants, but the positivity rate exceeds 4%; or the 14-day incidence rate is between 25 and 150 but the positivity rate is below 4%. 
- Red applies if the situation is more severe.  

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