Travel to and within Iceland

Travel restrictions apply to all third-country nationals, i.e. persons who are neither citizens of EEA/EFTA nations, nor nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, or the Vatican—regardless of whether they require a visa or are permitted travel within the Schengen area without a visa. Exemptions for individuals with valid certificates will be in place from April 6.

Residents of Iceland are strongly encouraged from un-necessary travelling to risk areas due to COVID-19.

The main rules on quarantine and testing at the borders as from the 9th of April

The same rules apply to all passengers irrespective of from where they are travelling
Facilities for home based quarantine must fulfill certain requirements
Children born 2005 and later shall be tested at the borders of Iceland
Passengers who submit a vaccination certificate or a certificate of a prior infection will be required to undergo one test upon arrival to the country
All travellers shall preregister the date of their departure, if known, before arrival to the country.

The same rules apply to all passengers irrespective of from where they are travelling: Measures to contain the spread of infections at the borders apply equally to all passengers coming from countries identified as risk zones by the Chief Epidemiologist.

Testing and quarantine: Everyone arriving to the country shall be tested at the borders as before, quarantine for five days and undergo a second test upon finishing (cf. about children below and testing of individuals carrying certificates). People are allowed to quarantine at home if certain requirements are fulfilled. Those who cannot quarantine at home and/or prefer to stay at a quarantine facility may stay there without charge.

Requirements for home quarantine: Those quarantining at home need to stay in a facility that fulfils the conditions and rules of conduct provided for in the new instructions issued by the Chief Epidemiologist. These include that the individual shall be isolated at the place of stay and if more individuals reside at the same location they are subject to the same requirements that apply to quarantine. Those who are unable to stay in a home quarantine that fulfils the requirements, shall stay at a quarantine facility.

Breach of home quarantine: Where an individual is found in breach of home quarantine the Chief Epidemiologist may decide that the quarantine shall be concluded at a quarantine facility.

Quarantine facility: Those who cannot quarantine at home and/or prefer to stay at a quarantine facility may dwell there. The stay is free of charge.Those staying at a quarantine facility will be enabled to undertake outdoor activities and special consideration will be given to children in relation to outdoor activities and other conditions.

Testing and quarantine of children: Children born in 2005 or later shall be tested at the borders. A child who travels with an individual who is subject to stay in quarantine shall stay with that person and can leave the quarantine if the second test of its co-traveller is negative. When the co-traveller is not required to stay in quarantine the same shall apply to the child. A child travelling alone is not required to stay in quarantine.

Testing of individuals carrying a certificate: The requirement of testing individuals carrying a vaccination certificate, or a certificate of prior infection is adopted due to indications that those individuals can pass on infections. They are not required to stay in quarantine but shall wait for the result of the test at their place of stay. The requirement is temporary and will be reviewed before the 1st of May.

Increased surveillance and higher fines

The Chief Epidemiologist proposes increased surveillance of individuals in home quarantine in cooperation with the Police’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and a significant increase of fines for breaching home quarantine.The Minister of Health has forwarded the proposals to the Public Prosecutor and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.

Special precautions

Measures to counter forged certificates: If the slightest suspicion arises about the authenticity of a certificate submitted by an individual, the individual in question shall be required to undergo two tests with and quarantine between the tests.

In case of short stay: A traveller is required to preregister the date of their departure from Iceland if it is known. It will give rise to special examination if the time of stay is shorter than the required period of quarantine as there is a danger that the individual in question will not follow the quarantine rules.

Everyone Traveling to Iceland Must:

Preregister electronically before departure. Pre-registration does not constitute a travel authorization.
Submit a certificate of a negative PCR-test for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) before boarding an aircraft or ship to Iceland and again upon arrival. The negative test result must have been collected no more than 72 hours before departure (on the first leg of the journey). Rapid antigen tests are not valid. The certificate must be submitted in either Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or English. Certificates in other languages are not considered valid. The results of the test must be pre-recorded. If an arriving passenger has a vaccination certification for COVID-19 or a certification that proves a previous COVID-19 infection they are not required to present proof of a negative PCR test.The fine for violating the rule requiring a negative PCR test is 100,000 Icelandic Krónur (ISK) for residents and Icelandic nationals. Non-citizens and non-residents without a negative PCR tests will be refused entry at the border.
Take two tests to screen for the presence of COVID-19 after arrival in Iceland, with a mandatory 5-6 day quarantine between each test. Sampling is free of charge. Note exceptions to the rule below.
Complete quarantine with a negative result (no virus is found) following the second screening.
We recommended that all travelers download the "Rakning C-19" app. This app is intended, among other things, to communicate negative results from COVID-19 screenings and assists the health authorities with the tracing of infections when necessary.
Travel directly to the quarantine station after arriving at the border stop, by airbus, taxi, rental car, or a private vehicle that has been left for you at the airport. Travelers are advised to stay overnight at a guesthouse near the border station if they are tired from their journey or in the case of unfavorable weather conditions.
Persons who are unable to demonstrate an adequate isolation/quarantine location are required to stay in a quarantine facility.

Children born 2005 and later

Children born 2005 and later are exempt from the requirement of presenting a negative PCR certificate upon arrival.
All children born 2005 and later must be tested at the border.
If a child travels with a parent/custodian who is required to go into quarantine, the child must also go into quarantine until a negative result for the parent/custodian is obtained.
If a child travels without a parent/custodian it must be tested at the border but does not have to go into quarantine. While waiting for the test results the child needs to follow the rules for quarantine.
If a child travels with a parent/custodian who has a certificate of exemption at the border, it must then be tested at the border but does not have to go into quarantine. While waiting for the test results the child needs to follow the rules for quarantine.

In Quarantine

You are allowed to

Go for a short walk close by your place of quarantine
Use the flybus from the airport
Drive a private car from the airport
Take a taxi from the airport
Go to the doctor, but call first

You are not allowed to

Go to touristic places or go sightseeing
Go to the volcanic eruption site
Be in crowded places
Use the bus, domestic flights or public transportation
Go for a drive
Go shopping or to a restaurant
Stay in a mobile home
Stay in a hostel

Further instructions for Residential Quarantine

Exemptions from border screening and quarantine rules

All those with exemptions from double screening and quarantine rules at the borders must, as of April 1, undergo one test at the border and quarantine is lifted once a negative result is given.

Passengers arriving from Greenland who have not stayed outside Greenland for the past 14 days.
Travelers with connecting flights, who do not leave the border crossing point in question, are not required to submit to screenings and quarantine.
Passengers on connecting flights who stay in Iceland for less than 48 hours have the option of quarantining instead of submitting to sampling.
Those who are able to submit proof of a prior COVID-19 infection with a PCR test or an antibody test issued by an EEA/EFTA country. Note that a positive PCR test must be at least 14 days old.
Those who have a valid certificate of full vaccination issued by an EEA/EFTA country with an approved vaccine against COVID-19.
Those presenting a valid full vaccination certificate with an approved vaccine against COVID-19.

A certificate of derogation at the border crossing point must meet the following criteria:

Certificate for a previous COVID-19 infection

Certificates must be issued in Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English.
First name and last name (comparable to travel documentation).
Date of birth.
When the sampling took place (Date).
Where the sampling took place (Country/City/Address).
Name of testing facility / Certificate issuer.
Date of certificate.
Telephone number of the party responsible for issuing the certificate or the testing facility.
Type of test (PCR test or antibody test by ELISA blood serum test).
Test result (a positive PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 or proof of the presence of antibodies).

Vaccination certificate

A vaccination certificate with one of the following vaccines with marketing authorization in Europe:

1. Comirnaty; Pfizer BioNTech

2. COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

3. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

4. COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

The International Certificate of Vaccination (“the yellow book”) issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) is also valid in those cases where WHO has discussed and approved a vaccine that is listed on the certificate, regardless of where the vaccination was made. Here is a list of vaccines that may be listed in the yellow book:

1. Tozinameran-COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (Comirnaty®) Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.

2. COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1-S) AstraZeneca/SK Bio (SK Bioscience Co. Ltd).

3. COVID-19 (ChAdOx1-S) Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covidshield™ Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd).

4. COVID-19 Vaccine (Ad26.COV2-S) Janssen-Cilag International NV.

Certificates can be hard copies or electronic. Border guards will assess whether a certificate is valid and will contact a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (a health care professional) as necessary, and the Chief Epidemiologist issues a final decision regarding the validity of the certificate. If a passenger presents a certificate that is deemed invalid, i.e., if any of the required conditions are not met, the person concerned shall be subject to the quarantine measures imposed on other passengers, i.e., to present a certificate for a negative PCR test and undergo double screening, with a quarantine between those screenings.

Vaccination certificates must fulfill the following criteria:

Must be submitted in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, or French. A certificate in another language may be valid if submitted along with a translation in one of the approved languages and verified by a certified translator.
First name and last name (comparable to travel documentation).
Date of birth.
Name of the vaccinated disease (COVID-19).
Where and when the vaccinations took place (date(s))
Vaccination must be complete; the number of doses required to complete the vaccination for each vaccine must be according to manufacturer recommendations.
Information on the issuer of the certificate (Healthcare Professional/Institution), along with a signature in the case of an international vaccination certificate.
Name of the vaccine.
Manufacturer of vaccine and batch number.

Dual Screening and Quarantine

The first screening takes place at the border, after which the arriving passengers must be quarantined for 5-6 days according to Instructions for Residential Quarantine. Passangers arriving from certain risk zones must be quarantined in a specified quarantine facility upon arrival.

List of accommodations that accommodate guests undergoing quarantine.

It is not possible to book a room at official  quarantine facilities operated by the authorities. They only accept visitors who have a referral from the health authorities and/or border officials.

The second screening takes place at Clinics all over the country, and bar codes are sent to mobile phones the night before the sampling is to take place. Please note varying opening hours for sampling.

A positive screening result will always lead to isolation, and then it is necessary to adhere to Instructions for Residential Isolation. Should a person be diagnosed with a variant of the virus that is more contagious and/or leads to a more serious illness, they are unconditionally required to stay at a quarantine/isolation facility. Isolation at the official quarantine/isolation facility is free of charge and only possible with referrals from health authorities and the Contact tracing team.

We would emphasize that a breach of quarantine or isolation may lead to fines and the involvement of authorities to prevent violations.

Other Important Information

We recommend that individuals who are traveling familiarize themselves with the Government Travel Council in connection with COVID-19.

The online chat on covid.is provides general information on restrictions due to the pandemic, including border restrictions and screening and quarantine rules.

Icelanders and residents of Iceland needing assistance to travel home, can submit queries to the Consular Services of the MFA by e-mail at hjalp@utn.is and through  Facebook. Requests are dealt with during office hours.

In emergencies, Icelanders abroad can call the Consular Services 24/7.

Key Information on People's Rights while Travelling can be found on the website of the Icelandic Tourist Board.

Defined High-Risk Areas - Traveling from Iceland

It is important to know what applies at any given time regarding areas with a high risk of infection and rules for cross-border movement. Nations are constantly being reassessed for their risk status.

Icelandic residents are advised against traveling in high-risk areas.

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