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Iceland and COVID-19

Visiting Iceland

Before travelling to Iceland we highly recommend you go through this official quick-guide on COVID-19 border measures to help you find out what general rules apply for visitors when entering Iceland.

For further information, developments, and advice about Iceland and COVID-19, visit the designated COVID-19 website for Iceland, the Directorate of Health and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

Rules on the border

Updated September 13

All travellers must do the following:

Pre-register before arriving in Iceland and confirm their departure day, if available.

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 boarder 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 traveller 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.

Testing and quarantine of children: 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, have to go for one test.

Children that are 16 years and older need to undergo testing at the boarder, 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.

Check out the official quick guide to see which rules apply for you.

It is recommended that travelers download the Rakning C-19 app. It is used, amongst other things, to communicate negative testing results and helps to trace infections if necessary.