Is it safe to travel to Iceland during Covid?

Tracking and testing policy

Geographical advantages

Nature tourism

Travel restrictions and border policies

Covid vaccination certificate

The border policies

Current restrictions, Covid in Iceland today

PCR test before departure

 

 

Is it safe to travel to Iceland during Covid?

Here you will find information about traveling to Iceland during Covid, travel restrictions and border policy, and Covid vaccination certificate.

Iceland is managing to keep national infection figures below the average for most countries. This success in containing the pandemic is due to several factors.

Tracking and testing policy

Iceland has put its efforts into a powerful tracking system with great professional teams with very clear protocols, thanks to this it is possible to control and contain any source of infection in the community very quickly.

It is also worth highlighting the ease for the population and the clear organization to access the testing resources, obtaining the results of the samples very quickly.

Geographical advantages

Being an island, it is easier to control the entry of people to the country, since there are only 2 access points to the country, and this advantage makes border controls very efficient.

The low population density is also a key factor for the low spread of the virus. With a total population of about 360,000 inhabitants and a population density of 3.5 / km2, it is easy to contain possible outbreaks of infection, and at the same time allows tourists to move around without the need to interact with large crowds of people.

Nature tourism

Iceland is characterized by its wonderful nature and its wide spaces, which means that people is almost constantly in open and natural spaces, making their trip a safe experience and without worrying about crowds. Iceland offers nature tourism, hikes, outdoor activities... in short, safe and exciting tourism. 

Travel restrictions and border policies

Currently unnecessary travel from high-risk countries is banned, which are the high-risk countries? (Please: note that changes occur on short notice).

The prohibition does not apply to foreigners residing in Iceland, family members of Icelandic citizens and foreigners residing in Iceland, and foreigners who have a long-term domestic partnership with Icelandic.

Covid vaccination certificate

People who present a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection are allowed to enter to Iceland. Here you can find information about the type of certificates and the information they must contain.

The border policies

All travelers must follow the following rules:

-Pre-register before arriving to Iceland. Pre-registration here

-A COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate is required (rapid antigen tests are not valid). The PCR test must be performed within 72 hours prior to the departure of the first leg of the trip. EXCEPTION: Travelers with an approved vaccination certificate or a previous infection certificate do not need to present a PCR test.

-Upon arrival at Keflavík airport, everyone must undergo for a PCR test, no exceptions.

-Travelers must quarantine for 5 days upon arrival and perform another PCR test at the end of the 5-day quarantine. EXCEPTION: passengers who present a valid certificate of vaccination or previous infection only need to quarantine until obtaining the result of the first PCR test (it is less than 24 hours).

-Everyone should quarantine until a negative result is obtained from the border testing. Here is a list of accommodations that welcomes guests in quarantine.

Those who must quarantine for 5 days (because have not been vaccinated or cannot prove a previous infection) may quarantine at home if their accommodation meets certain conditions according to the rules dictated by the Chief Epidemiologist. Or they can choose an accommodation that have been specially indicated to welcome visitors for quarantine from that list. If they are unable or unwilling to isolate themselves in housing on their own, they need to stay at the governments quarantine facility during their quarantine.

-All travelers are recommended to download the app Rakning C-19, is used to communicate negative testing results and helps to trace possible infection outbreaks.

-For detailed and updated information visit the official website of Covid in Iceland: www.covid.is 

Current restrictions, Covid in Iceland today

Due to its low number of infections, the current trend in Iceland is to loosen restrictions little by little. These standards, determined by the authorities, change often and are subject to changes in infection numbers.

Due to its constant change, we ask you to check the official website of Iceland with updated information on Covid-19: Effective restrictions

PCR test before departure

Some countries require negative PCR certificates to enter their borders, if this is the case, travelers can have a PCR test in Iceland before returning home. To request an appointment for the test, you must register on this page: travel.covid.is

After registration, the traveler will be assigned a barcode for the test and a time and address to attend.

The results will arrive via SMS in 24 hours, but keep in mind that not all countries accept SMS certificates, if you need a paper certificate you must contact the health center and you can get the certificate in English or Icelandic.