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 February 28, 2020, more than 400,000 tests have been conducted locally and more than 200,000 people have been screened for COVID-19 at Icelandic borders. 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.
- The full vaccination schedule must be completed 14 days prior to arrival in Iceland to be allowed to re-enter the country.
- The information that must appear on the certificate is listed here: https://www.covid.is/sub-categories/certificates
- If the vaccine has not been done 14 days before arrival in Iceland, a quarantine or a return to the country of origin will be mandatory.
- Non-vaccinated persons will still have the option of a 5-day quarantine upon arrival.
- As of July 27, all travelers must also present a negative PCR test that is less than 72 hours old. The certificate must be presented in either Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. Certificates in other languages will not be accepted.
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)
Last update: 28th September 2021