COVID-19 travel restrictions: Iceland

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on December 6, 2021, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Iceland?

You can enter Iceland now. Nevertheless, please check the COVID-19 restrictions that are in place.

Please note that the first thing you have to do when traveling to Iceland is to pre-register at covid.is. The next steps vary depending on your vaccination status.

Tourists look out at icebergs on the Icelandic coast at sunsetHolidays in Iceland are possible, but there are rules to be followed — Shutterstock

Can I enter Iceland if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Iceland if you are fully vaccinated. You can be considered fully vaccinated if you have received both doses of a double-dose vaccination or one dose of single-dose vaccination at least 14 days before arriving in Iceland.

As of November 2021, there are seven vaccines approved in Iceland:

  • Comirnaty — Pfizer / BioNTech
  • Vaxzevria — AstraZeneca
  • Covishield — Serum Institute of India
  • Spikevax — Moderna Biotech
  • SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine — BIBP / Sinopharm, Bejing Institute of Biological
  • CoronaVac — Sinovac Life Sciences
  • Covaxin — Bharat Biotech

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, present both of the following documents in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, or English at boarding:

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format (the EU digital COVID certificate is also valid)
  • A negative PCR, NAAT, or LAMP COVID-19 test that is no more than 72 hours old

Please note that one PCR test is still required upon arrival in Iceland if you do not present the test at boarding. In addition, you will have to self-isolate until the results of your arrival test are received.

Certain travelers are exempt from performing the test upon arrival:

  • Those with ties to Iceland (Icelandic citizens or permanent residents)
  • Travelers who present a positive PCR-test that is more than 14 days old but less than 180
  • Transit passengers who do not leave the airport
  • Airline crew with ties to Iceland on a work trip abroad for 48 hours or less
  • Children born in 2005 and later

Can I enter Iceland if I am unvaccinated?

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You can enter Iceland if you are unvaccinated. However, please be aware that Iceland’s entry requirements are tighter for unvaccinated travelers.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, make sure to present at boarding one of the following documents:

  • A negative COVID-19 test that is no older than 72 hours
  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 that is no more than 180 days old

Furthermore, please note that you will have to undergo one more PCR testing upon arrival in Iceland besides the one prior to boarding.

The certificate of recovery from COVID-19 must be issued in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, or English and contain the following information:

  • First name and last name (as in travel documents)
  • Date of birth
  • When (date) and where (country/city/address) the test was performed (country/city/address)
  • Name of the laboratory/issuer of the certificate
  • Type of test performed (PCR-test or antibody test)
  • Results of test

Who cannot enter Iceland?

As of November 2021, all visitors are welcome in Iceland, provided they have fulfilled the entry requirements. However, according to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, border guards make the final decision on entry to the country concerning the travelers without any essential reason for their trip.

These restrictions do not apply to the citizens of:

  • Iceland
  • EEA/EFTA countries
  • Andorra
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • The Vatican

In addition, as of November 26, 2021, the rules for travelers who have been in certain high-risk areas in South Africa have been updated.

Please note that you have to undergo a PCR test upon arrival and stay in quarantine if you have visited one of the following countries for more than 24 hours 14 days before traveling to Iceland:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

The quarantine ends with a second PCR test after five days.

This rule is mandatory for all travelers regardless of vaccination status. Only two categories of travelers are exempt from this rule:

  • Children born in 2016 and later
  • Those who have ties to Iceland

Can I leave Iceland?

There are no COVID-19 restrictions for leaving Iceland. Please learn the requirements concerning COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travelers of the destination country in advance.

Can I leave Iceland if I am vaccinated?

There are no restrictions for vaccinated travelers for leaving Iceland.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format
  • A PCR or a negative rapid antigen test (the relevant period and kind of test vary depending on the destination)

Can I leave Iceland if I am unvaccinated?

Unvaccinated travelers can leave Iceland.

Traveling to “red” or “non-red” countries from Iceland if you are unvaccinated

Presently, there are no “red” or “non-red” countries in Iceland. However, the Ministry of Health of Iceland strongly advises people to avoid traveling to risk areas without an essential need. Since February 24, 2021, all countries and territories of the world (except Greenland) have been considered risk areas.

Due to the spread of the new covid variant, Omicron, Iceland strongly advises not to travel to countries considered ‘high-risk’ areas:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, please present one of the following documents:

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Iceland currently

As of November 2021, the COVID-19 situation in Iceland is moderate. In addition, more than 76% of the local population have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

FAQs

View of Husavik harbor in the summerThe picturesque northern town of Húsavík — Shutterstock

Is it safe to travel to Iceland right now?

International travel to Iceland is safe provided you adhere to the following local restrictions that will be in effect until at least December 8, 2021:
  • A gathering limit of 50 people
  • Restaurants and bars welcome guests until 22:00 and must close by 23:00
  • Masks are required in public places

Is Reykjavik open for travel?

Presently, Reykjavik is open for travelers. Covid-related restrictions in the capital are the same as nation-wide rules: public gatherings are limited to 50 people, restaurants work till 23:00, people should wear masks in public places.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Iceland?

You do not have to self-isolate upon arrival in Iceland if you have:
  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19
  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19
You have to be quarantined if you do not present a certificate of vaccination or proof of previous COVID-19 infection.
The period of quarantine can last:
  • Five days if you get tested
  • 14 days if you do not get tested
Please note that starting from November 26, 2021, Iceland has introduced a list of ‘high-risk’ zones due to the Omicron covid variant. New regulations state that those who visited one of the following countries for more than 24 hours 14 days before arrival to Iceland have to self-isolate:
  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
This rule is mandatory for everyone coming from these countries regardless of vaccination status. The quarantine period ends with a second negative PCR test after five days of isolation.
There are two exemptions from this rule:
  • Children born in 2016 and later
  • Those who have ties to Iceland

How do I get a health pass to travel to Iceland?

It would be a great benefit for you to install the EU Digital COVID Certificate to digitize your vaccination status if you are traveling from:
  • The EU countries
  • The EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)
  • Switzerland
If you are traveling from outside the countries mentioned above, please carry your paper documents with you.

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