Iceland COVID-19 Regulations – info accurate as of July 19th, 2021
As of June 26th, all domestic COVID-19 restrictions in Iceland have been lifted. No mask requirement, no social distancing requirement and no limitations on gathering sizes or store/restaurant operating hours.
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 may not currently be permitted for non-Schengen residents.
Do you need a PCR test? As of July 26, 2021 you will once again require a negative antigen or PCR test, taken within 72 hours of your flight departure.
Is there arrival testing and quarantine? No, if you hold an appropriate full vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery from a previous Covid infection and a negative antigen or PCR test, you do not have to undergo any Covid-19 testing upon arrival in Iceland.
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, unvaccinated passengers must present a negative PCR test (see above), be tested on arrival and quarantine until a negative result is received and take another test on day 5 of their trip. This is in addition to any test required to return to their country of residence. 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.
To re-enter the USA: As of July 1st, Iceland is now offering Rapid Antigen tests at Keflavik airport and in Reykjavik. These need to be pre-booked/pre-paid by the same process as the PCR tests using the link above. The rapid test results are coming through in under 1 hour (generally 15 – 30 minutes). The US is accepting Rapid Antigen tests for re-entry as well as nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), such as RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR and HDA. The test used must be authorized for use in the country where the test is administered.
To re-enter Canada: Canada is not accepting Rapid Antigen tests at this time and still requires a negative PCR test. Results are provided within 24 hours.
There are labs all over the country, but most have EXTREMELY limited hours, so clients must be flexible. Ensure you book an appointment within 72 hours of your departing flight time and with adequate time to receive your test results.
Great info is also found here: https://visiticeland.com/article/iceland-and-covid19-coronavirus
We will discuss the entry requirements with you, according to your vaccination status, at the time of your inquiry.