As of this Friday, October 1, travellers arriving in Iceland who have ties to the country will no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate when entering the country. Travellers stopping over in Iceland who are not leaving the airport or other border point will also be exempt from this requirement. Those with ties to Iceland will still be required to undergo COVID-19 testing with 48 hours of arrival to the country, with the exception of children born in 2005 or later. The new regulation will remain in force until at least November 6, 2021.
People with ties to Iceland include Icelandic citizens and residents; but also anyone intending to study or work in Iceland for more than seven days; people with work permits in Iceland or those applying for such permits; people seeking asylum in Iceland; and families and relatives of anyone who belongs to the above categories.
Unvaccinated must undergo quarantine
Vaccinated travellers without ties to Iceland as well as those with certificates of previous COVID-19 infection are still required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate no older than 72 hours. Unvaccinated travellers are also required to present a negative test certificate as well as to undergo testing upon arrival, five days of quarantine, and a follow-up test. Travellers must pre-register before arrival to Iceland.
Border measures key to domestic freedom
In his memorandum outlining the proposed changes to border regulations, Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated that COVID-19 infections continue to cross the border, in both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. Viral sequencing conducted by deCODE genetics shows that it only takes a few infected individuals to launch a large wave of infection within Iceland. Þórólfur says maintaining strict border measures is, therefore, the prerequisite for keeping domestic restrictions to a minimum.
Iceland Review regularly updates our page on Iceland’s travel requirements.