ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ICELAND
It is almost time for your trip to Iceland! As you prepare, please be aware of the new travel requirements and entry screening process for visiting.
Last Updated: September 30th, 2021
1. Pre-register Electronically Before Departure
Fully vaccinated travelers need to present a certificate of full vaccination, or a certificate of previous infection, at the border. If a certificate is not valid the individual needs to undergo 2 tests and quarantine for 5 days in between.
14 days have to have passed from the second dose (or 14 days from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson dose) for a certificate to be valid. If the time is shorter than 14 days, the traveler needs to undergo testing at the border and follow rules on home quarantine until a negative result is obtained. Travelers with a certificate do not have to present a negative PCR test.
If a traveler has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, they do not need to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test at the border. Instead, a positive PCR test must be presented that is older than 14 days (isolation completed) but younger than 180 days. These individuals do not have to take a rapid antigen test or PCR test within 48 hours due to their connection with the country.
Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. If a child travels with a person who has a vaccination certificate, or a certificate of the previous infection, the child accompanies the person in question and does not have to go into quarantine. The same rules apply to a child travelling alone. Children born in 2015 or earlier, with a network in Iceland, must go for one test. Children that are 16 years and older need to undergo testing at the border, quarantine for 5 days and have a second test, unless they are fully vaccinated. Children who have not reached the age of 18 are permitted to travel to Iceland with their parents, given the parents are exempt from travel restrictions to Iceland.
In addition, to , unvaccinated travelers need to submit a negative PCR test certificate against COVID-19. Rapid antigen tests are not valid. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure on the first leg of the journey. A fine for not presenting a negative PCR-test is at the border is 100.000 ISK.
Unvaccinated travelers must undergo testing upon arrival to Iceland. In addition, unvaccinated must quarantine for five days and go for another test at the end of quarantine. Here is a list of accommodations that accommodate guests in quarantine. Go directly to the quarantine location from the border entry point by airport bus, taxi, rental car or private car. Travelers are advised to stay overnight at a guesthouse near the border entry point if they are tired or the weather is bad.
Children born in 2005 or later are not tested at the border. They are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. If a child travels with a person who is required to be quarantined, the child stays with them and is released from quarantine if the second test from the companion is negative. If the companion is exempt from double screening and quarantine, so is the child. A child travelling alone is neither tested nor needs to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. Children who have not reached the age of 18 are permitted to travel to Iceland with their parents, given the parents are exempt from travel restrictions to Iceland. However, children born in or before 2004 need to undergo testing at the border, quarantine for 5 days and have a second test, unless they have a certificate of full vaccination. The second testing is done at health centres around Iceland. A bar code is sent to a mobile phone the night before testing. Please note the different opening hours for testing.
More information and details can be found on https://visiticeland.com/article/iceland-and-covid19-coronavirus
Before returning to the USA effective immediately, the United States requires that all air passengers entering the country will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of our travel suppliers have made arrangements for on-site COVID-19 testing right at your hotel (view these travel supplier policies).