Travelling to Iceland Post Covid-19
August 3, 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.
Restrictions introduced on July 31 reimpose a 100-person limit of larger gatherings and reinstate the 2-meter social distancing rule. This applies to all businesses, workplaces, and public establishments. Where the 2-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.
Iceland continues to implement the European-wide travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area. As of early August, 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. Since travel restrictions to Iceland were relaxed in mid-June, thirteen different airlines have begun scheduled flights to Keflavik International Airport.
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
Visitors to Iceland are required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. ( Residents of 6 countries are exempt, as of mid-July.) Testing takes place inside the terminal of the international airport. Cost is ISK 11,000 for a single test, but ISK 9,000 if paid online before arrival. Visitors are allowed to head to their accommodation, while they wait for the results of their test, which are normally delivered within 6-8 hours. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from testing.
Follow-Up Test for Long Term Visitors
As of July 31, all travellers arriving from defined high-risk area who will stay in Iceland for ten days or longer must also undergo a follow-up test.
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.