Iceland (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 5 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 29.04.2021
1. Passengers arriving from or who in the past 14 days have stayed for more than 24 hours in Andorra, Bahrain, Bermuda, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Sweden, Turkey or Uruguay are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Iceland;
– residents of Iceland;
– passengers in a long-term intimate relationship with a national or resident of Iceland;
– students;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y4el6uru ;
– passengers with a certificate of previous COVID-19 infection. The certificate must be in Danish, English, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish. Tests accepted are:
– positive COVID-19 PCR test result issued at least 14 days before arrival; or
– presence of antibodies against COVID-19 measured by ELISA serologic assay. Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ya2tsh9p .
More details can be found at: https://www.logreglan.is/english/regarding-travel-restrictions-to-iceland-as-a-result-of-covid-19/
2. Passengers arriving from a country other than Andorra, Bahrain, Bermuda, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Sweden, Turkey or Uruguay are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Iceland;
– nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and EEA Member States;
– British nationals who reside in Iceland and have a residence certificate (C-122), which can be obtained at www.icetra.is/about/press-room/news/travel-restrictions-for-uk-citizens-due-to-covid-19
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State;
– family members of nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and EEA Member States;
– residents of Australia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand arriving from their country of residence;
– passengers in a long-term intimate relationship with a national or resident of Iceland;
– military personnel traveling on duty;
– students;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y4el6uru ;
– passengers with a certificate of previous COVID-19 infection. The certificate must be in Danish, English, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish. Tests accepted are:
– positive COVID-19 PCR test result issued at least 14 days before arrival; or
– presence of antibodies against COVID-19 measured by ELISA serologic assay.
More details can be found at: https://www.logreglan.is/english/regarding-travel-restrictions-to-iceland-as-a-result-of-covid-19/ .
3. Passengers traveling through Iceland to another Schengen Member State must have a written confirmation of their permission to enter the other Schengen Member State.
4. Passengers must complete the “Preregistration for visiting Iceland” at http://visit.covid.is/ before arrival.
5. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure. The test result must be in Danish, English, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish. They are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Iceland;
– passengers younger than 16 years traveling with a parent/guardian;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y4el6uru ;
– passengers with a certificate of previous COVID-19 infection. The certificate must be in Danish, English, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish. Tests accepted are:
– positive COVID-19 PCR test result issued at least 14 days before arrival; or
– presence of antibodies against COVID-19 measured by ELISA serologic assay.
Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ya2tsh9p .
6. Nationals and residents of Iceland without a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to a fine upon arrival.
7. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Details can be found at https://www.government.is/news/article/2021/04/20/COVID-19-Temporary-introduction-of-stricter-border-measures-/ .
8. Passengers could be subject to quarantine. Details can be found at https://www.covid.is/sub-categories/visiting-iceland .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Foreign nationals (other than EU/EEA and EFTA nationals) are not allowed to enter Iceland unless they can demonstrate their travel is essential or they qualify for an exemption.

People with a valid residence permit in Iceland or any of the Schengen member states, family members of Icelandic or other EU/EFTA citizens, students, and experts are allowed to enter. UK citizens residing in Iceland are also allowed to enter with residence certificate C-122.

Residents of the following countries are allowed to enter when traveling from their respective countries of residence: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand.

Travelers are required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test result from a test administered no more than 72 hours before their departure. This doesn’t apply to citizens and residents of Iceland and other exempted categories. The test result certificate must be in Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or English.

Passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo a double testing procedure along with quarantine for 5-6 days while waiting for the results from both tests.

Starting April 27, those arriving from high-risk zones (https://bit.ly/3eT31hX) are not allowed to travel to Iceland for tourism (only for essential purposes), and they have to quarantine in government-designated facilities (with some exemptions).

Effective March 18, those who provide proof that they have already had COVID-19 or that they are fully vaccinated (with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medical Agency) can travel to Iceland. Read the announcement by the Icelandic government and details here https://bit.ly/3xNXaU6 . However, vaccinated travelers will still have to take on test on arrival. While waiting for the results, they won’t be required to quarantine but they’ll be required to stay at home.

Passengers traveling through Iceland to another Schengen country must have written confirmation of permission to enter the respective Schengen country.

All passengers are also required to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival. More travel details and exemptions are available on the Directorate of Immigration’s website and at covid.is.

Foreign nationals who work remotely for foreign companies are able to apply for a long-term visa that allows them and their families to stay in Iceland for up to six months.
 

Lockdown Details

Face masks should be used on public transport, in shops and other services and whenever it is not possible to ensure a 2-metres proximity restriction, such as in healthcare facilities, taxis, group cars, domestic flights, hairdresser and beauty saloons and similar establishments. Face mask should cover nose and mouth. This obligation does not apply to children born as of 2015 as well to people who have recovered from COVID-19 and completed the isolation period and to people with disabilities.

A 2-metres safety distance must be respected. Where it is not possible, masks are required. Children born in 2015 and later are exempted from the 2 metres rule.

All shops may admit 5 customers for every 10 square metres of their floor area, up to a maximum of 100 persons.

Up to 15 customers may be admitted to each restricted area. Premises may stay open until 10 p.m. but may not admit new guests after 9 p.m.

Hairdressers, beauty salons and fitness centres are closed as it is not possible to ensure a safety distance of 2 metres.

 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ISL
Data Source: covidcontrols.co