As of today (January 15th 2021) all passengers coming to Iceland have to undergo two tests for COVID-19 with a 5-day quarantine interval between tests until the result of the second test have been discovered. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from testing but as from Wednesday, 13 January 2021, they are required to go into quarantine along with their parents or guardians after entering Iceland.
Same applies to persons who the Icelandic health authorities have confirmed, by means of a PCR test, have previously contracted COVID-19 and completed their period of quarantine or if COVID-19 infection has been confirmed by antibody counts.
Travel restrictions Icelandic borders are open to the residents and citizens of the EEA and Switzerland, and Iceland follows the travel restrictions of the outer borders of the Schengen area which are in effect at present. Here you will be able to find all necessary information on the travel restrictions applicable for travel to Iceland due to COVID-19.
Pre-registration for arrivals to Iceland.
All travellers are under obligation to complete a registration form, follow infection prevention rules and are encouraged to download the Rakning C-19 app (a tracking app). Pre-registration does not constitute travel authorisation.
The Rakning C-19 app The app is used is used to send information on negative results from screening tests and to help track infections if necessary. The Rakning C-19 app – Information and instructions
Border screening and quarantine
The first screening is performed at the border on arrival. Thereafter, arriving passengers are to undergo quarantine for 5–6 days according to the instructions for home-based quarantine or quarantine guidelines for persons travelling to Iceland.
No pick-up at the airport
Persons travelling to Iceland may not be picked up at the airport. This includes family members and friends. Arrivals to Iceland must take the flybus, a taxi, a rental car or a private car that has been dropped off at the airport.
Testing for COVID-19 is free of charge
As of 1 December 2020, testing at the border will be free of charge, or until 31 January 2021. It is important to read the instructions on the screening process, i.e. the procedure used after arrival in Iceland.
Main points to keep in mind regarding quarantine:
- You may obtain necessary medical treatment services on condition of having first contacted your nearest healthcare centre, Læknavakt/1700, the emergency hotline 112 or + 354 544 4113 if phoning from an overseas telephone number.
- You may go for walks in less frequented areas but must keep at least two metres away from other pedestrians.
- You may not have physical contact with others who share the home and must take the greatest care to ensure cleanliness and try to maintain a distance of at least 1–2 metres when in contact with other members of the household.
- You may not use public transport (domestic flights, buses, coaches), only taxis, rental cars and private cars.
- You may not go to restaurants, bars or gatherings of any form, such as swimming pools, cinemas, the theatre, shops or other places where large numbers of people congregate.
- You may not undertake personal errands or go shopping. This includes pharmacies, supermarkets, post offices, banks, etc. Delivery services are available from Internet shops and restaurants.
- You may not go to work or school.
- You may not go on excursions and may not drive long distances, except between a border crossing and your final quarantine destination if such location is in a different region.
Subsequent screening and quarantine until the results are sent
Your second screening test will be performed in a healthcare centre. Screening is performed in a number of locations around Iceland. Please note that not all healthcare centres have the same opening hours. Your obligation to remain in quarantine will be removed as soon as you receive a negative result from your second screening.
A positive result
A positive result will always result in isolation, and in such cases, the instructions on home isolation must be followed. The diagnosis, treatment and the monitoring of notifiable diseases, including COVID-19, is free of charge. This does not apply to optional testing for COVID-19. The second screening is free of charge.
A negative result from border screening does not mean that you can ignore the quarantine obligation if it becomes clear that you have been exposed to infection, such as if you sat near an infected person during aircraft travel. Those who are unexpectedly quarantined and who do not have access to a quarantine facility may take advantage of public quarantine facilities.
Please note that violations of quarantine or isolation rules are subject to fines and the involvement of the authorities to prevent violations.
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