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Iceland Covid-19 Regulations

September 13, 2021 | Shauna Cook

Iceland COVID-19 Regulations – info updated 13 September, 2021.

Please note: The information provided is subject to change without notice by the government agencies of Iceland, the US and Canada. We cannot be held responsible for any expenses incurred due to changes in testing requirements either before or during your travels.

As of July 27th Iceland have re-introduced domestic COVID-19 restrictions including masking and 1 metre social distancing requirements. For details check here.

 

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. (Mixed vaccinations are accepted ie. Astra Zeneca & Pfizer, Astra Zeneca & Moderna, Pfizer & Moderna. As long as the vaccine is listed on the Directorate of Health page as being acceptable.
  • 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 and the UK may not currently be permitted for non-Schengen residents.

Do you need a PCR test? As of July 27, 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/  72 hours prior to arriving in Iceland.


 

 

At this moment both Canada and the United States require ALL passengers to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from Iceland back to the respective country.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CANADA DOES NOT ACCEPT RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS FOR RE-ENTRY TO CANADA.  CANADIANS MUST BOOK FOR A PCR TEST.

THE USA ACCEPTS BOTH PCR AND RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS.

There are two possibilities for booking tests prior to your flight back to North America.

Option #1:
On http://travel.covid.is/,  which you registered on prior to your arrival in Iceland. There are two locations: Reykjavik and Akureyri.
PCR tests are available and results can take up to 36-48 hours to be delivered to you from time of testing. (valid for return to Canada & US)
Rapid Antigen tests are available and results can take up to 1 hour to be delivered to you. (valid for return to the US)
Please plan accordingly.

When you registered at http://travel.covid.is/ prior to arrival in Iceland, this registration allows you to access information on testing sites, their hours of operation and to book a test. Many labs have limited operating hours, so you will need to have some flexibility. Click on “Order a Test Here” to see the lab locations, choose a date and time that fits best into your itinerary. Remember to still take into account the test is done within 72 hours of your departing flight and that PCR test results can take from 36-48 hours and Rapid Antigen test results take up to 1 hour.

After you have booked your test a barcode will be issued to you with the date/time to present yourself at your selected lab for testing.  These barcodes do not expire and can only be used once.  If your travel plans change, you can choose another time without needing to register again.

Note: you will need to have a mobile phone that can receive SMS messages in Iceland or an iPad/laptop that you can access emails on in order to retrieve your barcode and test results.

Tests must be booked and paid for in advance at the above website http://travel.covid.is

Option #2
Öryggismiðstöðin, book at https://www.oryggi.is/is/covid-19. There are two locations in Reykjavik and one just off-site near Keflavik Airport. Only Rapid Antigen tests are available (OK for American travellers, not applicable for Canadians). Results are usually available in 25 minutes or less, but may take up to 45 minutes to an hour. Please plan accordingly.

Further information be found here: http://covid.is/english

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website also contains some useful information and is updated frequently: www.mfa.is

Icelandair’s website also offers easy to understand information:

https://www.icelandair.com/en-ca/blog/iceland-is-open-faq/

https://www.icelandair.com/en-ca/support/pre-flight/covid-19-entry-requirements/

We will discuss the most up to date entry requirements with you, according to your vaccination status, at the time of your inquiry.