Pre-register for travel

Booking a test

Three types of COVID-tests are in use. PCR-tests are used by the health care system to test people with COVID-19 symptoms, and when people might be infected. Rapid antigen tests are also used in the health care system and by certified test centers, both before events, but also at the beginning and end of special precaution. Self-tests people can buy in stores are not deemed reliable. A postitive result should always be confirmed with a PCR test.

Information on centres for COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen tests

PCR-test - Symptom testing:

If you have symptoms or suspect you have an infection, you should be tested even if you have been vaccinated.
Stay at home and register immediately for testing on My Page at Heilsuvera. If you do not have an electronic ID, you can contact, by telephone, your local healthcare centre, Læknavaktin 1700 (the on-call medical hotline) or the Heilsuvera online chat. If you have not been in contact with someone infected you are not obliged to islolate until a negative test result is obtained. However it is important to be mindful of social distancing and handwashing and to use a mask if it is nessessary to be around others. You should not, under any circumstances, visit your healthcare centre, the LSH Emergency Unit or Læknavaktin if you have symptoms, without calling first and receiving advice.
PCR-tests are also used for shortened quarantine. See below.
The symptoms may seem minor but it is still important to be tested, no matter how small they seem.
Symptom testing is always free of charge, for tourists as well.

Rapid antigen test - testing for asymptomatic people

Rapid antigen tests are used to screen for COVID-19 virus with asymptomatic people. If you suspect you have an infection, you should have a PCR-test.


Self-tests are not deemed reliable. If you test positive on a self-test, you should go for a PCR test (free) immediatly and follow the rules on isolation until your results are ready.

Testing to complete quarantine / infection prevention

Do not make an appointment if you are registered in quarantine or special precaution; you will automatically be sent a testing invitation, but the quarantine cannot be shortened until the testing 5 days after exposure. Quarantine ends with a PCR-test but Special precaution with rapid antigen test.
Children in quarantine are sent an invitation for testing. If you are in quarantine with a child, you do not need to go for testing either, unless you choose to or you have symptoms.  

Testing for asymptomatic patients on their way abroad

Information on testing for asymptomatic individuals on their way abroad can be found here.  

Testing on arrival of people with a network in Iceland

People who travel from abroad and have connections with Iceland must register before arriving in Iceland and receive a message with a bar code to use for testing upon arrival. You can either have a PCR-test taken in the airport or take a rapid antigen test at official testing sites within 48 hours of arrival.
Here is a list of healthcare centres that offer rapid testing.
Here you can find information on certified testing sites.

Waiting for a resault

On this site you can put in your barcode and check the resault from your test.

What does it mean that the test result was inconclusive?

An inconclusive result means that the analysis of a test did not yield a definite answer. The virus was not found with certainty, but its presence also could not be excluded in this sample. There can be different reasons for this result.
The Landspitali hospital COVID unit will contact you within 24–48 hours to assess the situation and decide on the next steps. Until then, you need to follow the instructions for quarantine and be careful because it is still possible that you may be infected.

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