Iceland (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for some 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 19.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– 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
– 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.
More details can be found at: .
2. Passengers traveling through Iceland to another Schengen Member State must have a written confirmation of their permission to enter the other Schengen Member State.
3. Passengers must complete the “Preregistration for visiting Iceland” at before arrival.
4. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in Danish, English, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish. Details can be found at .
5. Passengers are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test upon arrival.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 16 years;
– passengers with a certificate of vaccination against Coronavirus (COVID-19). Certificates accepted are: the International Certificate of Vaccination or a certificate issued by Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or an EEA Member State. Details can be found at ;
– passengers with certificate of previous infection of Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued by a laboratory in Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State. The certificate must be in Danish, English, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish. Certificates accepted are:
– Positive PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 issued at least 14 days before arrival; or
– Presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 measured by ELISA serologic assay.
Details can be found at .
6. Passengers could be subject to quarantine. Details can be found at .


Detailed Tourist Information

From 19/8/2020, all countries and territories of the world are classified as risk areas (

All passengers arriving in Iceland and born before 2005 must pre-register to be screened for COVID-19.

The Government of Iceland has decided to impose more comprehensive border-screening measures as of 19 August. All arriving passengers must choose between a 14-day quarantine and a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days.

The double border-screening procedure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 5-6 days later.

During this period, all arriving passengers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection. Those who test negative in the second PCR-test are no longer required to take special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from the double border-screening procedure.

From 01.12.2020 until 31.01.2021, the screening procedure will be free of charge. In case of non compliance with the screening procedure, fines may apply.

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

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.


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