The latest pandemic travel regulations issued by health minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir state that from January 18, 2021, until April 30, 2021, everyone entering Iceland is to be tested twice for COVID-19, with five days of quarantine in between. Additionally, arriving passengers no longer have the option to choose between testing and a 14-day quarantine.
- You can take the test free of charge in numerous locations all over Iceland, but keep in mind that you might need to make an appointment. Find more detailed information here.
- If the results of the second test are negative, you don’t need to undergo any more procedures. In the unfortunate event that you get tested positive, you must self-isolate and call 1700 (+354 544 41130) to receive further instructions.
Starting on May 1st Icelandic border control will switch to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control color-coding system. For the latest map under the new color system click here.
- Passengers arriving from red countries will need to get tested twice, once upon arrival, with five days of quarantine in between.
- While, passengers arriving from orange and green countries need only present a recent negative COVID test to enter and a single test at the border – with no second test or quarantining after their arrival.
The only individuals exempt from border testing under the new May 1st rules are:
- People who are certified as having had COVID-19 and recovered,
- People who have certification of vaccination will also be able to avoid border testing.
Additionally, under the new protocol individuals with extenuating medical circumstances will still have the option to choose a 14-day quarantine instead of testing.
- The Directorate of Health outlined what regulations must be followed by those in quarantine or self-isolation. Please familiarise yourself with the required conditions for home-based quarantine by reading the official quarantine instructions for visitors to Iceland.
Before your trip, you’re required to fill out a pre-registration form, which you can find at www.covid.is/english. The form asks you to provide your contact details and travel information to make testing at the airport faster and easier.
- For the duration of your stay, you will be encouraged to install Iceland’s official contact tracing app Rakning C-19. It is very useful to determine cases of potential exposure to the virus.
Use our resources and FAQ to stay informed, take precautions, and have a safe adventure!
If you’re looking for more in-depth information, updates regarding a specific topic or medical assistance, here is what you can turn to:
- 1700 (Icelandic phone number) or +354 544 4113 (international) – medical consultation services, point of contact for those who suspect they were recently exposed to the virus.
- Most clinics provide walk-in services from 8:00 to 17:00. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, please refrain from using this option immediately and first call the number provided above for instructions.
- In case of medical emergency, call 112.
Official government sites:
- Covid.is – most up to date information about everything related to COVID-19 in Iceland. Under supervision of The Directorate of Health and The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. Available in English, German, French, and many other languages.
- The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration – updates on country restrictions and international travel regulations.
- The Icelandic Directorate of Health – local safety and hygiene regulations, broad scope of information relevant to travelers with a specific purpose (journalists, filming crew, etc.).
- The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management – information about states of emergency in Iceland, some of which include the Covid-19 pandemic.