What are the Coronavirus & borders testing situations like in Iceland?
Wether your country has its borders closed or are have reopened, perhaps these past months of pandemic-related restrictions have enhanced your thirst for adventure and discovery? That’s good, Iceland is ready to welcome you!
As soon as the first case of COVID-19 was detected at the end of February, the island was able to put in place several screening measures to limit the spread of the virus.
This is why, as of July 20 2020, the country had 1,629 samples taken and 0 positive samples for COVID-19.
Since 15 June 2020, 47,357 people have been screened for COVID-19 at the Icelandic border. Of these, 18 people tested positive and were sent to isolation. Source here.
Our priority is your safety. In order to enable you to make the most of your holiday and to avoid the spread of COVID-19, our agency, the Icelandic government and our service providers have put in place several health measures. Discover the details of these practices which will allow you to spend your holidays in complete serenity.
Please note that every 15 days the government may review these procedures. And, depending on the situation, may reinforce or lighten these measures.
Before you leave
- Anyone entering Iceland will be required to fill in a form before arrival, available here, and give their name, surname, date of birth, flight numbers, travel time, information on overnight stays and telephone number. They will also have to declare which countries they travelled to before arriving in Iceland, if they have any symptoms, had covid-19, or have been in contact with sick people in the 14 days prior to the trip.
- It is highly recommended to download the Icelandic Covid-19 tracking app.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory on the plane and until you leave the airport.
- To enter Iceland you will have to pass a test called PCR on arrival.
- The results of the test are given during the day (for arrivals before 5pm) or the next day (for later arrivals).
- The test results will be made via the tracking app Covid-19 (by SMS).
- Children born in 2005 and later will not be tested.
- As of July 1st, the test will cost 11000 kr, about 70 € if paid on site or 9000 kr, about 60 € if paid during the pre-registration.
- Once the test has been carried out, visitors will be able to go to their accommodation. It is recommended that they avoid any group activities or walks during this time.
- If the test results are positive, further tests may be required to determine whether the traveller is in an active phase of infection.
- In the event of an active infection, the traveller should return to isolation. Positive tests will be announced via a phone call. It is therefore important to be reachable by mobile phone.
- Foreign nationals who need to isolate themselves and cannot access suitable quarantine accommodation will be assigned to accommodation in a specialised quarantine centre free of charge.
Although Iceland does not have any densely populated gathering places such as train stations, underground trains or large airports, social distancing and hygiene measures are recommended (keep a distance of 2m between people and wash hands regularly).
Car rental, hotels and activities
- Rental cars and hotels are disinfected after each customer visit.
- During activities and excursions, the equipment for the clients is disinfected and hydroalcoholic gel is made available.
- Remember to always carry a mask with you. If needed, you can find hydroalcoholic gel and masks in local drugstores and supermarkets.
- If you think you may have symptoms of covid-19 during your stay, you can call 1700 or +354 544 4113 (from a foreign number).
Mind the planet : )
Iceland is a land of pure natural wonders. As the rest of our planet, it deserves special care. Please remember to take some reusable masks with you to use during your trip : )
(Planes may however have stricter policies, requireing surgical masks)