Iceland Latest Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Iceland – updated 28 September, 2020

Who can travel to Iceland?

Borders are open to travel for citizens of the EEA, EFTA Member States, the UK, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican.

Foreign nationals from third-countries including Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are permitted to enter, so long as they are arriving from their country of residence.

Foreign nationals other than those listed above are not allowed to enter Iceland unless they can demonstrate a reason for essential travel.

Check Iceland's immigration website for the most up to date information on eligible travelers.

Requirements for travelers

Passengers must fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, and everyone is recommended to download Iceland's contract tracing app, Rakning C-19.

From 19 August, all countries of the world are classified as risk areas.

  • Travelers from a high risk area must self-isolate for 14 days, and follow quarantine measures
  • To shorten quarantine, you must take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival to Iceland, followed by a second test after 5 days. While waiting for results, you must follow quarantine measures until the result of the second test is known
  • A positive result for COVID-19 will lead to isolation.

Quarantine and testing will not apply to anyone born in or after 2005.

Local restrictions have been relaxed in Iceland, however everyone must continue to follow distancing guidelines and hygiene measures.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Previous travel alerts for Iceland

Previous coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Iceland – updated 15 May, 2020

From 24 April, there is a ban on travelers visiting from outside the EU and Schengen Area for a non-essential reason. From 15 May until 15 June, restrictions on entry have been relaxed slightly to allow a wider group of professionals arriving for work. Click here to find out who is eligible for modified quarantine upon arrival in Iceland.

Restrictions within Iceland are still in place. From 4 May, limits on social gatherings have been increased from 20 to 50 people, education facilities and some businesses will be allowed to reopen but must follow physical distancing guidelines.

Bars, nightclubs, swimming pools and gyms remain closed.

By 15 June, the Icelandic Government is hoping to ease restrictions on international arrivals. The exact measures are yet to be announced, but it is likely visitors will have to choose between a coronavirus (COVID-19) test or 14-days of self-isolation.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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