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.
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. The fine for violating the rule requiring a negative PCR test is 100,000 Icelandic Krónur (ISK) for residents and Icelandic nationals. Non-nationals and non-residents without a negative PCR tests will be turned away 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. Those who are diagnosed with a variant of the virus that is more contagious and/or leads to a more serious illness are unconditionally required to stay in a quarantine facility.
If the children are traveling with a parent/guardian, they are taken into quarantine with the parent/guardian but are not required to submit to sampling.
If a child travels without parents/guardians, the child must undergo a 5-day quarantine and submit to a second sampling. If the result is negative, the quarantine is concluded.
If a child travels with a parent/guardian who has a certificate of exemption at the border, then the child must undergo a 5-day quarantine and submit to a second sampling.
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.
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).
A vaccination certificate issued by an EEA/EFTA State 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
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. Comirnaty; Pfizer/BioNTech
2. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
3. Covidshield COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
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).
When the vaccinations took place (dates)
Vaccination must be completed; see below for the number of doses required to complete the vaccination for each vaccine.
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.
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.
The quarantine facilities operated by the authorities will only accept visitors who have a referral from the health authorities and 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 facility.
We would emphasize that a breach of quarantine or isolation may lead to fines and the involvement of authorities to prevent violations.
We recommend that individuals who are traveling familiarize themselves with the Government Travel Council in connection with COVID-19.
Persons who are having difficulty traveling away from their current location should contact the civilian service by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting them via the department’s Facebook page. In emergencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' civil service can be reached via the emergency number 545 0112. There, information is provided 24 hours a day. Key Information on People's Rights while Travelling can be found on the website of the Icelandic Tourist Board.
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.