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Europe > Iceland: Covid-19 and Travel


Present Situation

Total cases: 11 518

Active cases: 336

Recovered: 11 149

Deaths: 33

Vaccination count: 281 141

Current trend: Declining

Data updated on 2021-09-22

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
PCR test required for all countries.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are not required

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
Travel restrictions do not apply to other EEA/EFTA-citizens and citizens of Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican.

Third-country citizens are still not authorized to travel to Iceland unless exemptions apply. Note: As of 1 January 2021, UK nationals have the status of third-country nationals.

Third-country nationals who can provide appropriate proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or prior infection, are exempt from the travel restrictions. As of 27 July, these travelers are also required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test (taken within 72 hours before departure).

All countries and territories of the world are currently classified as risk areas, except Greenland.

Rules at the borders are in force until 15 August 2021.

Travelers from outside the EEA/EFTA area who are not relatives of an EEA/EFTA citizen and not from exempted countries may not enter Iceland unless the provide a valid reason. Valid reasons fall into the following categories:

-Passenger in airport transit

-Employees in healthcare services and geriatric services

-Employees responsible for the transportation of goods and services

-Individual travelling because of an acute family incident (i.e. serious illness, accident or demise)

-Individuals and delegations who travel to the country under the aegis of the Icelandic government, staff of diplomatic missions and other representatives of foreign countries; international organisation staff and their guests who need to travel to the country due to the activities of these organisations; members of armed forces travelling to Iceland for duty; humanitarian aid workers; staff of civil protection; and family members of the aforementioned parties

-Students (≠ Class trips are not considered to be an exemption from travel restrictions)

-Persons who essentially need to travel to Iceland for business purposes of short duration and it cannot be postponed or performed abroad.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All arriving passengers, who are not vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19, are required to present a negative result to a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure to Iceland. Rapid antigen tests are in this case not considered valid.

Additionally, these passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo two more PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 6 days later. Between the two tests, a quarantine of 5 days is mandatory.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

Provisions for vaccinated people

Children born in 2005 and later, as well as those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR test before boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The exemption also applies to those who can provide valid proof of prior infection. Documentation on prior infections must follow the requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist.

As of 27 July, those who provide valid proof of vaccination against COVID-19 are required to present a PCR or rapid antigen test (taken within 72 hours before departure), but are exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. These measures also apply to those who can provide valid proof of prior infection.

Is a quarantine required?

Arriving passengers, who are not exempt on the grounds of age, vaccination, or prior infection, are required to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.

Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

Tests: PCR test required for all countries.

Quarantine: Depends
Quarantine for 5 days required for all countries.

Information updated on 2021-09-20.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: No
The Regulation on restrictions on gatherings due the pandemic enters into force on 15 September 2021 and will apply up to and including 6 Oktober 2021.

‍The regulation does not apply to international airports or ports, or to aircraft and ships operating internationally and fishing vessels. Neither does the regulation apply to healthcare institutions, nursing homes and other comparable institutions. These institutions shall set special rules on infection prevention measures.

Limits to the number of people and social distancing do not apply to children born 2016 or later.

For detailed information click here https://www.covid.is/categories/effective-restrictions-on-gatherings

Mask use
Masks are not required

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events of more than 200 people banned

Restaurants and bars: Fully Open

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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