Travelers to Iceland must go to quarantine and to be tested twice.

I am sorry to tell you that Iceland boarders are almost closed.

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced today that starting Wednesday, August 19 2020, every person arriving in Iceland will be tested for the corona virus at the border, required to spend four to five days in quarantine, and subsequently be tested for the virus again.

The decision was made in response to several new domestic cases having been confirmed in Iceland almost daily since July 23, and due to a similar development in other countries.

All information regarding COVID-19 in Iceland is posted on

That means that everyone needs to spend 4 – 5 days (depending on weekend) in quarantine. Quarantine means all visitors must go to their hotel or home and stay there for 4 – 5 days. If you are staying in a hotel you can not leave your room. You are not allowed to go down for breakfast or to the bar or the restaurant. You will need to ask for room service.

You are allowed to go out for a drive if you have a car or can rent one or take a walk with no contact what so ever with anyone. You can not go shopping or sit down at a coffee house or a restaurant.

Directorate of health Chief Epidemiologist for Iceland has created rules for quarantine for all visitors to Iceland. You can read more here

If the rules of the quarantine is broken the individual will be given a ticked for up to IKR. 100.000 (about $ 730).

All that said you can say the country is more or less closed until further notice.

If you have a comment or a question, please leave it below.

Þórhallur / Thorhallur

6 thoughts on “Travelers to Iceland must go to quarantine and to be tested twice.”

    • Hi Emma
      If you have a camper van you can move around more than others. But you still need to be tested twice and you are not allowed to be in contact with anyone. I hope this works out for you.

  1. I’m due to arrive 27/8 for 4 nights for my 10th wedding anniversary, I have tours booked everyday. My holiday operator expects me to travel and stay in my room for 5 days then go home


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