Travelling to Iceland Post Covid-19

September 17, 2020

Iceland has been successful in its response to COVID-19, by pursuing a policy of early detection, high volume testing, exhaustive contact tracing, quarantining of at-risk individuals, and isolation of infected individuals. Primary schools in Iceland have remained open, and no lockdowns have been imposed. Detailed information about the situation in Iceland – including daily statistics – can be found at www.covid.is.

Social Restrictions

Restrictions introduced on September 7 impose a 200-person limit of larger gatherings and instate a 1-meter social distancing rule. This applies to all businesses, workplaces, and public establishments. Where the 1-meter rule cannot be respected masks should be used, such as on domestic flights and ferries. All businesses and establishments open to the public must provide hand sanitizers, and regularly clean and disinfect their premises and equipment. Bars and restaurants must close by 11 PM.

Border Controls

Iceland continues to implement the European-wide travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area. As of early September, Iceland is open to residents of Europe and a select list of other countries. The list of countries will be updated approximately every two weeks.

Pre-Travel Registration

All visitors to Iceland are required to fill out a registration form (at www.covid.is/english) prior to arrival. Visitors are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19 (available for Andriod and iOS). The app contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact health care services in Iceland.

Testing on Arrival and Quarantine

Visitors to Iceland can currently choose between two quarantine options: 1) undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 5 days, and then get tested again; or 2) quarantine for 14 days. The first test takes place inside the terminal of the international airport, while the second test takes place at clinics across the country. Cost for the first test is ISK 11,000 for a single test, but ISK 9,000 if paid online before arrival. The second test is free. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from testing. The Icelandic Directorate of Health has issued detailed instructions for travelers in quarantine, available at www.covid.is.

In the Event of Positive Test Results

If a traveller tests positive upon arrival to Iceland, they may be offered to undergo further tests to determine whether or not they have an active infection. In the case of an active infection, the passenger must self-isolate. Foreign nationals who are required to self-isolate and do not have access to a suitable location, will be provided accommodation at a dedicated isolation center at no cost to them. Infected individuals must provide information to the contact tracing team on who they have come in close contact with during two days prior to the onset of their symptoms. Medical examination, treatment or medical supervision of notifiable diseases, including COVID-19, is of no cost to the patient. This does not apply to an elective PCR test for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

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