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Border Regulations Updated for Those With Ties to Iceland

By Yelena

COVID-19 test
Photo: A screenshot from RÚV.

COVID-19 testing is now a requirement for all travellers arriving in Iceland who have ties to the country. This includes not only residents but also those coming to Iceland to look for work or who are planning an extended stay. Testing is required regardless of vaccination status and is in addition to the pre-departure test required of all travellers. The new regulations took effect today, August 16.

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As of today, all travellers with ties to Iceland must undergo COVID-19 testing within 48 hours of arrival to the country. This includes citizens of Iceland, residents of Iceland, people with a work permit in Iceland, and several other groups. These travellers are not required to quarantine upon arrival but are asked to limit their interactions in the first few days after they arrive in Iceland.

PCR and rapid tests administered

Testing for this group is available at Keflavík Airport and local healthcare centres. Those tested at the airport will undergo a PCR test, while local healthcare centres will administer a rapid antigen test to fulfill the testing requirement, stated Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir, Director of Nursing at Capital Area Healthcare Centres. Testing can be booked at (with electronic ID) and obtained at the border in Keflavík Airport or as soon as possible after arrival in Iceland, in Reykjavík at Suðurlandsbraut 34 or a primary healthcare centre outside the capital area.

An official quick guide to Iceland’s travel regulations is available on

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