As of tomorrow, June 26, all domestic COVID-19 restrictions in Iceland will be lifted. Iceland will thus become the first Nordic country to lift all pandemic restrictions within its borders. From July 1, vaccinated travellers and children will no longer be tested at the country’s borders, though unvaccinated travellers will still be required to undergo testing and five-day quarantine upon entering the country. Around 88% of the country’s population aged 16 and over have received one or both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
The announcement to lift all domestic restrictions was made at a government press conference this morning by Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir. Iceland’s current restrictions, which include a 300-person gathering limit, mandatory mask use for selected activities, and a one-metre distancing rule, will all be lifted as of midnight. The decision is in accordance with the recommendations of Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason
Border Restrictions Loosened July 1
As of July 1, travellers with valid COVID-19 vaccination certificates will no longer have to undergo testing at Iceland’s borders. The same applies to children born 2005 or later. Children and those who present valid certificates of previous COVID-19 infection will no longer be required to present a negative PCR test certificate upon arrival to Iceland.
Travellers to Iceland born before 2005 who cannot present valid certificates of vaccination or proof of antibodies must present a negative PCR test certificate at the border, as well as undergo testing and five-day quarantine as before. These regulations will apply from July 1 until August 15, at which point authorities will review and revise rules as necessary.