Iceland COVID-19 Regulations – info accurate as of May 7th, 2021.
- Rules and regulations are reviewed every two weeks and are expecting to be updated on June 1st, 2021.
Who can visit Iceland?
Passengers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection.
Can you visit Iceland? Yes. From April 6, 2021, all travelers – regardless of origin – are welcome to visit Iceland if they can show either:
- certificate of full vaccination against COVID. Read what certificates are accepted on the official Directorate of Health page.
- certificate of previous COVID infection. Read what certificates are accepted on the official Directorate of Health page.
Please note: Iceland is welcoming vaccinated visitors from outside the Schengen zone, but further travel from Iceland to the rest of Europe is currently not permitted for non-Schengen residents.
Do you need a PCR test? No. If you hold an appropriate full vaccination or previous infection certificate, you do not need to have a PCR test to board your flight to Iceland.
Is there arrival testing and quarantine? Yes. If you hold an appropriate full vaccination or previous infection certificate, you are required to undergo one COVID-19 test upon arrival. The test is free of charge. You must wait for the result of this test (usually received within 8 hours but may take up to 24 hours) at your accommodation. Once you receive a negative result you do not need to quarantine for 5-6 days and take a second test. Note: this testing requirement is temporary and will be reviewed by 01 June, 2021.
Passengers not vaccinated against COVID-19 and not previously infected.
Can you visit Iceland? New restrictions from April 27, 2021: there is a ban on unnecessary travel from high-risk areas. Foreign nationals are unauthorized to travel to Iceland if they are arriving from or have stayed for more than 24 hours in the last 14 days in a high-risk region or country (with some exemptions, for example for citizens and residents of Iceland).
Visitors holding a passport (or valid residency) from low-risk EU/EFTA countries are welcome to visit Iceland, with testing and quarantine regulations to adhere to. There are restrictions for other nationalities, including travelers from the UK, US and Canada.
The list of high-risk countries is regularly reviewed.
See Who can visit Iceland? below for more detailed information.
Do you need a PCR test? Yes. You require a negative PCR test before boarding an aircraft to Iceland, taken within 72 hours of departure. See information under Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to board a flight to Iceland?
Is there arrival testing and quarantine? Yes. Arriving passengers must undergo double screening and 5-6 days quarantine between tests. People arriving from lower-risk areas are allowed to quarantine at their home or at suitable accommodation if certain requirements are fulfilled; travelers from high-risk countries must stay in a government-run quarantine hotel. See information under Do I need to have a COVID-19 test when I enter Iceland? and Do I need to go into quarantine when I enter Iceland?
Do you need to stay in a quarantine hotel? If you are arriving from a high-risk country it is mandatory to stay in a quarantine facility (without charge). Those who cannot quarantine at home and/or prefer to stay at a quarantine facility may stay there without charge. See information under Do I need to go into quarantine when I enter Iceland?
ALL Visitors entering Iceland must register at https://visit.covid.is/ prior to arriving in Iceland.
Once in Iceland, if they require further testing/screening, they must register here: https://travel.covid.is/ . Canada the US both require negative tests prior to traveling home. This website registration will help with facilitating that. Tests take approx. 24 hours to be returned.
There are labs all over the country, but most have EXTREMELY limited hours, so clients must be flexible.
Great info is also found here: https://visiticeland.com/article/iceland-and-covid19-coronavirus