Updated November 12, 2021

Iceland's borders are open to travelers worldwide, who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have immunity from the virus. This includes travelers from non-Schengen countries.

Non-vaccinated Schengen passport-holders and residents are welcome, but must meet testing and quarantine requirements.

All vaccinated travelers, as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19, must present a negative COVID-test before boarding an aircraft or ship to Iceland.

Both PCR test and COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are accepted. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure on the first leg of your journey.

As of July 1, 2021, vaccinated travellers and children are no longer tested at Iceland's borders, although unvaccinated travellers are still required to undergo testing and five-day quarantine upon entering the country.

89% of Iceland’s population aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated.


Iceland has been relatively successful in its response to Covid-19.

The cornerstone of Iceland’s approach has been a policy of early detection, high volume testing, contact tracing, quarantining of individuals at-risk, and isolation of those infected. Iceland has genetically sequenced all its positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Widespread public support and willingness to abide by social restrictions has also played a major role in controlling the spread of the virus.

A strong focus on public education began in March, 2020. This has included press conferences on a near daily basis with Iceland's Chief Epidemiologist and Civil Protection Department broadcast live on Icelandic media outlets.

Government announcements and statistics related to the pandemic are updated daily at

A number of factors have worked in Iceland's favor: Iceland is an island-nation with a limited number of entry points and tightly controlled borders; a small population of 360 thousand people lives in a relatively large area (100,000 sq. km) making social-distancing easier; while a strong healthcare system and supportive population have helped control outbreaks when they occur.

Iceland's health care system has never been overwhelmed and no lockdowns have been imposed. Primary schools have remained open, while secondary schools and universities have relied on distance learning. Various social restrictions -- limitations on large gatherings, the 2-meter rule -- have been imposed and adjusted based on the state of the pandemic at any given time.

The pandemic's impact on the Icelandic economy has been significant, primarily due to the collapse of international tourism. This has been met by forceful government countermeasures.

Vaccinations began in Iceland in December 2020. By November 2021, 89% of Icelanders were fully vaccinated.

Travelers are welcome to visit Iceland, if they can show either:

  • Certification of full vaccination against COVID-19 (using the certified vaccines, below*),
  • Documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.

This includes travelers from countries outside the Schengen area, such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

For travelers who do not have proof of vaccination or of previous COVID infection, the following applies:

From Europe:There are no entry restrictions for visitors holding passports (or valid residency) from EU/EFTA countries, although they are required to undergo two PCR-tests on arrival in Iceland with 5-6 days of quarantine in between. There are other requirements as well.

From the UK, USA and Canada: The external Schengen borders are closed to residents of the UK, US and Canada, who do not hold proof of vaccination or prior infection.

From other countries: Restrictions have been lifted for residents of some non-European countries, which can change with relatively short notice. The countries (note this is not based on nationality, but on provable residency in the country in question) are:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Israel
  • Japan

The list of countries can changes every two weeks; please consult the official website for up-to-date information: Regarding travel restrictions to Iceland as a result of COVID-19.

* Visitors must present proof of vaccination with a vaccine that has been certified by the European Medical Agency, which includes vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinovac and Sinopharm.

Pre-Travel Test

All travelers to Iceland, including those who have been vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19, must present a negative COVID-test before boarding an aircraft or ship to Iceland. Both a PCR test and a COVID-19 rapid antigen test are accepted. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure on the first leg of your journey.

Pre-Travel Registration

All visitors to Iceland are required to fill out a registration form prior to arrival.

Download App

Visitors are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19 (available for Android and iOS). The app contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact health care services in Iceland.


  • Special rules apply to children born 2005 or later. Please see Do children need to be vaccinated or tested? in this FAQ.

Passengers not vaccinated against COVID-19 and not previously infected

  • Iceland's borders are closed to travelers from outside the Schengen Area, who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have not previously had the disease.
  • Unvaccinated travelers from within the Schengen Area are allowed, but these travelers must submit a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • Furthermore, these travelers will be tested at the border, must undergo 5-6 days of quarantine, and then be tested again. The first COVID test is at the border on arrival and the second by the primary healthcare service 5-6 days later.

Further Reading

This quick guide to COVID-19 border measures will help you find our what general rules apply when entering Iceland.

Travelers born prior to 2005 must bring proof of vaccination or immunity (prior infection).

Travelers born 2005 or later do not have to be vaccinated but until July 1st will be tested upon arrival (at the airport). They can travel with their family to their accommodation but will have to be in quarantine (i.e. not go to public areas) while they wait for their test results. Results are expected to be delivered within 6-24 hours. Most US travelers arrive in the morning and we expect results to be delivered later that same day.

If children test positive, they will have to go into isolation in Iceland for 14 days. Their family must go into quarantine for 7 days and then be tested again

Currently those who are vaccinated will also be tested upon arrival and must wait for test results (at accommodation) before they can travel freely. This rule is expected to be lifted on July 1st.

The Icelandic government has imposed a variety of social restrictions since Covid-19 was first detected in Iceland in late February, 2020. Further details can be found at

Vaccinations began in Iceland in December 2020.

Vaccinations are free and optional. Surveys indicate that 90% of the population are in favor of being vaccinated.

89% of Iceland’s population aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated as of November 2021.

Strong government support has helped the Icelandic travel industry survive a near complete collapse in business due to Covid-19.

According to the Icelandic Tourist Board, 480 thousand travelers visited Iceland in 2020, compared to almost 2 million in 2019, representing a drop of over 75%.

To counter the economic effects of Covid-19, the Icelandic government has introduced a number of economic stimulus measures, including:

  • Furlough scheme for workers of hard-hit companies
  • Government-backed bridge loans for businesses
  • Offset 2019 taxes with 2020 losses
  • Defer 2020 tax payments to 2021
  • Year-end grants to SME’s who suffered significant losses in 2020 due to Covid-19
  • Increase in unemployment benefits and extension of eligibility period.

The government’s goal has been to help companies and core staff weather the storm and preserve necessary infrastructure, knowledge, and experience until the pandemic has been brought under control, so that firms are ready to rehire and resume operations when international travel returns.

These programs have in general been deemed a success. At year-end, bankruptcies within the travel industry were far fewer than had been predicted last spring.

Tourism has in recent years become one of the main pillars of the Icelandic economy, accounted for over 8% of GDP in 2019. In 2019, approximately 20-thousand people were working in the travel industry, or 1 in 10 working age Icelanders.

Due to the collapse in tourism, the rate of unemployment in Iceland rose considerably in 2020 (from 3.9% in December 2019 to over 10.7% one year later), but has mostly recovered and stood at 5.0% in September 2021.

Yes. Registration is done at or