Have you been dreaming of visiting Reykjavik to learn more about Viking History? Or perhaps, visit Selfoss for the sightseeing pleasure of magnificent geysers, waterfalls, and volcanoes? The good news is, you can now go to Iceland because this Nordic country has already reopened its borders for tourists.
Iceland has been allowing the entry of tourists since June of 2020, but due to the Covid-19 situation, travel restrictions and requirements keep on changing ever since. According to the latest update, Iceland will allow restriction-free entry for travelers from many countries, if they can show proof that they have been fully vaccinated. To find out more about this, here’s everything you need to know when traveling to Iceland.
Who Can Enter Iceland?
All travelers, regardless of the country they came from, are welcome to visit Iceland restriction-free if they can show either of the following:
- Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19.
- Certificate proving recovery from previous COVID infection.
The vaccine certificate should be approved by the European Medicine Agency and that it’s already 14 days since the last dose was administered. For more information about this, refer to the official Directorate of Health page. The certificate must be shown prior to boarding your airline to Iceland, and present this at the border. Border guards will evaluate if your vaccination certificate is valid.
As per the latest update, from July 27, 2021, all vaccinated and recovered travelers will now be required to submit a negative COVID (PCR or antigen) test taken within 72 hours of departure to enter Iceland. They no longer need to undergo COVID tests upon arrival in Iceland.
Unvaccinated Travelers and No Prior Infection
Travelers who have not been vaccinated and those who cannot show proof of prior infection will have to adhere to testing and quarantine regulations when entering Iceland. Additional restrictions may be imposed, depending on which country the traveler came from.
Those who came from within the EEA/EFTA countries (EU member states plus Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) are welcome to visit Iceland for non-essential purposes including tourism but they must present a negative PCR test certificate taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure. Rapid antigen test results are not valid.
For those who came from outside the EU and are not fully vaccinated or have no previous infection, they will need to present a certificate of negative PCR-test before departure, undergo two PCR-tests upon arrival, and go on a 5-day quarantine in between tests. However, they will only be allowed to enter as tourists if they came from any of the following third countries:
- Bosnia and Hercegovina
- Hong Kong (SAR)
- Macao (SAR)
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
Requirements Before Entering Iceland
Before flying to Iceland, make sure you have all the requirements ready. So, here’s a checklist of travel requirements when visiting Iceland as tourists:
Pre-register – all travelers are required to fill out a pre-registration form on https://www.covid.is/english before departing to Iceland. You must enter your personal details, contact information, and travel plans. Take note that this form cannot be submitted earlier than 72 hours before your flight to Iceland.
Documents – just like traveling before the pandemic, you are required to submit important travel documents when entering Iceland, such as your passport and visa. Take note that foreign travelers who are exempt from the Covid-19 entry ban but are subject to a visa requirement are still required to have a visa to be allowed entry into Iceland.
COVID-19 test – as per the latest update, all travelers will be required to undergo a Covid-19 test when entering Iceland. Vaccinated travelers and those who have recovered from the virus must submit a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) taken within 72 hours of departure. Unvaccinated travelers and those who have no previous infection will need to present a certificate of negative PCR-test before departure, undergo two PCR-tests upon arrival, and go on a 5-day quarantine in between tests.
Download tracing app – all visitors entering Iceland are encouraged to download the country’s official Covid-19 tracing app, Rakning C-19. This app contains all important information about the COVID-19 situation and how to contact the healthcare service in Iceland.
Remember that you are solely responsible for your safety when traveling to Iceland during this Covid-19 pandemic. It’s also important to keep in mind that rules and regulations could change very rapidly, so you must keep yourself updated on the latest restrictions.
For the latest updates, see Iceland’s detailed restriction information on our live map.