COVID-19 Information – ICELAND
Last updated: 02/16/21
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
Waiver of CDC COVID-19 Test Requirement
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at [insert post email address here], and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
Travel to and within Iceland
- As of February 19, all travelers entering Iceland from abroad will be required to provide a certificate of a negative PCR test administered no more than 72 hours before their departure. This measure is in addition to Iceland’s existing double testing and five-day quarantine requirements. Border officials will also have the authority to place certain travelers in government-monitored quarantine hotels, according to new border regulations decided on by Iceland’s cabinet today.
- All arriving passengers are obligated to undergo two tests for the detection of COVID-19 after arrival in Iceland with a quarantine between tests. The first test is at the border and the second one 5 days later. Children born 2005 or later who travel alone are obligated to undergo a test after 5 days in quarantine upon arrival. The quarantine is lifted when a negative result (virus not detected) is obtained from the second testing.
- Connecting passengers who do not go beyond the respective border-crossing point neither have to quarantine nor undergo testing. Connecting passengers who go beyond the border-crossing but stay in Iceland for less than 48 hours are allowed to quarantine instead of undergoing a test according to this provision.
- Those who have confirmed with PCR-testing or antibody testing from an EU/EFTA state that they have previously had a COVID-19 infection are exempt from quarantine. All those who present a valid international vaccination certificate for full vaccination with an approved vaccine against COVID-19 are exempt. Please visit is for more information.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Iceland? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- For information about where and how U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Iceland, please click here: https://www.covid.is/need-assistance.
- Tests that are not conducted upon request are at the citizen’s expense and average 11.000ISK or $85.
- Test results are provided via text message or via the tracking app Rakning C-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Iceland approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- For information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Iceland, please visit: https://www.covid.is/covid-19-vaccine
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, and testing is required upon arrival, free of charge.
- Those citizens granted permission to enter Iceland are required to complete a pre-registration form prior to departure to Iceland
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Contact the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, if they are permitted entry, all citizens must take a COVID test upon arrival and quarantine for 5 or 6 days, then take another test. After two negative tests, the quarantine is lifted.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes, but very few.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required on all public transit buses and in taxis
Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)
- Fines may be imposed for violations of infection prevention measures. Click here for information on penalties for offenses related to gathering restrictions, distance limit restrictions, quarantine and isolation.
- What ACS services are being offered? Limited appointments are available for full-validity passports, emergency passports, and CRBAs.
- What visa services are being offered? Limited appointments are available for those visa categories that are exempt from Presidential Proclamations 9993 and 10052 including students, diplomats, crew members, and some work-related visa categories.
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