While Iceland is reopening its borders from June 15, travellers from outside the Schengen Area may still be restricted from travelling to the country, according to a notice posted yesterday by the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The closure of the outer borders of the Schengen Area, which contains 26 European countries, currently stands until June 15, but may be extended until July 1.
“Iceland will continue to implement the travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area, which are currently due to remain in place until 15 June 2020,” the notice states. “These restrictions may be extended until 1 July, but this remains to be decided by Schengen member states. While these restrictions are in place, foreign nationals, other than EU/EEA, EFTA or UK nationals, are generally not allowed to enter Iceland.”
Travel Guidelines Available on Iceland’s Official COVID-19 Website
Icelandic authorities have posted further information for those travelling to Iceland on the country’s official COVID-19 website. As of June 15, travellers can opt for a COVID-19 test upon arrival as an alternative to quarantine. The testing will be free until July 1, from which date passengers will pay ISK 15,000 ($114/€100) per test. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and quarantine.
Passengers will also be required to fill out an electronic form prior to their trip providing contact information and a declaration of health. They will also be encouraged to download the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains information on COVID-19 and Icelandic healthcare in various languages.
Travellers are encouraged to monitor Iceland’s official COVID-19 website prior to and during their trip.