Visiting Iceland

The pre-registration for visiting Iceland

Tracing app Rakning C-19 - information and guidelines

FAQ for travelling in Iceland is available at the FAQ page

Iceland's borders have remained open to other EU and Schengen states throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, under the condition that passengers quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Iceland will continue to implement the travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area, which are currently in place. From this date, passengers can opt for a COVID-19 test upon arrival, as an alternative to quarantine.

Information for travellers to Iceland after 15 June 2020

Please see updated travel restrictions to Iceland here.

The Government has announced that all passengers arriving in Iceland from 15 June can choose to be tested for COVID-19 (free of charge for an initial two-week period) or quarantine for two weeks. From 1 July, passengers will pay for COVID-19 tests. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and quarantine as well as passengers arriving outside defined areas with high risk of infection.

The quarantine requirement in Iceland applies to people, regardless of nationality, arriving from countries and areas defined with high risk of infection. Which countries and areas are defined as high-risk areas shall be regularly reassessed. Please see here for further information.

A few important things for you to have in mind while traveling in Iceland:

If you are traveling from abroad and have cold-like symptoms should contact the Health line +354 544 4113. The helpline is always the first point of contact and people must call before going to hospitals or clinics. 

Please observe and follow notifications that are visible in hotels, guesthouses, car rentals and other tourism companies throughout the country.

What you need to know:

Before departure

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form (on www.covid.is/english) before departure to Iceland, which requires passengers to provide their 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. The app contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

Health safety of air travellers, aviation personnel, ports and ships 

Guidelines for health safety measures are being updated in line with EASA and ECDC COVID-19 Health Safety Protocol, Operational Guidelines for the management of air passengers and aviation personnel in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Passengers will be required to abide by these guidelines. The guidelines for ports and ships are also in line with EASA and ECDC COVID-19 Health Safety Protocol.

 Health safety control measures at the border

The pre-registration form provides passengers with information on the conditions for entry into Iceland. Passengers can choose to be tested by a PCR-test for COVID-19 on arrival or self-quarantine for two weeks. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from these measures, as well as those who have stayed outside of high-risk areas for 14 days prior to arrival. Flight and freight ship crews who are residents in Iceland are also exempt from these measures. At this time, the Icelandic health authorities cannot accept proof of test results.Those with a previously confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in Iceland are exempt from quarantine upon their return from travel abroad.

 Points of entry

Privacy Statement – Infection Control Measures upon arrival to Iceland

Testing will be available at Keflavik airport and in Seydisfjordur (for passengers arriving on the Smyril Line) for those who opt to be tested on arrival in Iceland. Passengers arriving in other international airports (Reykjavik, Akureyri, Egilsstadir) or ports will be tested at the closest local healthcare centre. The pre-registration process will facilitate testing and shorten wait times for passengers.

Testing at the border

PCR testing will be offered on arrival from 15 June, free of charge. From the 1 July however, passengers will be charged ISK 9 000 for a single test at pre-registration but ISK 11 000 if paid on arrival although no more than ISK 22 000 every 30 days for each individual. Following the test, passengers can travel onward to their registered address (provided in their pre-registration form). While waiting their test results travellers are asked to follow the instructions provided. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from testing.

While waiting for test results

Passengers do not need to self-quarantine until they receive their test results, but should take preventive measures to protect themselves and others from infection. Please stay at your residence and avoid being out and about and do not use public transport if possible (e.g. use rent-a-car or taxi rather than bus or domestic flight). Wash your hands and/or use of hand sanitizer regularly, avoid touching common surfaces, avoid touching your face (eyes, mouth and nose) with unwashed hands, and respect physical distancing (try to stay 2 meters/6 feet from others).

In the event of a positive COVID-19 test result

If a passenger tests positive, they may be offered to undergo further tests to determine whether or not they have an active infection. In the case of an active infection, the passenger must self-isolate. Foreign nationals who are required to self-isolate and do not have access to a suitable location where they can isolate will be given accommodation at a specialised isolation centre at no cost to them. Infected individuals must provide information to the contact tracing team on who they have come in close contact with during two days prior to the onset of their symptoms.

Requirements for a two-week quarantine

You need to undergo quarantine when there is a possibility that you have been exposed to COVID-19 infection although you do not experience any symptoms. All information on requirements for quarantine is available here. Please note that violations of quarantine or isolation requirements are subject to fines or enforcement action from the relevant authorities to ensure compliance.

 In the event of an obligatory self-quarantine

A negative test result does not guarantee that an individual will not later be required to self-quarantine if they have been exposed to infection, e.g. on the flight to Iceland. The contact tracing team interviews those who have been in close contact with a confirmed active case during two days prior to the onset of symptoms , e.g. been within 2 meters of an individual for more than 15 minutes, or those who have sat beside an infected individual on an airplane. They might be required to self-quarantine for two weeks from the time of last contact.

The following applies if the individual was wearing a face mask (medical mask) and adhered to guidelines regarding hygiene and infection control as recommended. If those conditions are not met then the situation is evaluated and who needs to be quarantine possibly expanded.

Contact tracing is done for passengers within the 2 rows around a SARS-CoV-2 positively tested case. Contact tracing is performed in general from 24 hours before his/her symptoms started (from 24 hours before diagnostic testing if asymptomatic). All these passengers should be informed about the exposure. Only passengers sitting directly next to the index patient will be defined as close contacts (high risk exposure). If the index patient sat on the aisle, the person sitting on the other side of the aisle will not be categorized as close contact (unless there is another indication, such as a travel partner/family, direct touch, coughed or sneezed on).

As a result, in most events, there will be 1−2 close contacts, all other persons would be contact persons with a lower risk of infection (low risk of exposure).

Please note that violations of quarantine or isolation requirements are subject to fines or enforcement action from the relevant authorities to ensure compliance.

In case of diagnosis

Medical examination, treatment or medical supervision of notifiable diseases, including COVID-19, is of no cost to the patient. This does not apply to an elective PCR-test for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

During the stay

All travellers are encouraged to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and others, such as frequent handwashing, use of disinfectants, the two-meter social distancing guidelines, and to respect health safety regulations in place. PCR tests do not absolutely rule out COVID-19 infections in asymptomatic individuals.

Travellers are encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19. The app contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service. They are also encouraged to follow information on the official COVID-19 information portal www.covid.is/english, which hosts the most up to date information and important announcements in several languages for tourists.

Tourists are encouraged to monitor their health. Those who become ill or think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 can contact the health care helpline through the app Rakning C-19, the information portal www.covid.is, through the national online health portal Heilsuvera, by phone by dialling 1700 or, if calling from a foreign phone number, at +354 544 4113.

All travellers are encouraged to maintain a distance of 2 meters as much as possible. Social distancing is an important part of preventive measures and anyone who wishes is entitled to maintain distance.

FAQ for travelling in Iceland is available at the FAQ page

Information:

The advice of the Chief Epidemiologist in Iceland
Safetravel.is
Icelandic Tourist Board

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