COVID-19 Information – ICELAND
Last updated: 08/04/2021
*** 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.
Effective July 27th, all vaccinated persons and those that can present a certificate of a prior COVID-19 infection must present a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test that is no more than 72 hours old before departure to Iceland. The new measures will take effect as of July 27, 2021.
Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to present negative PCR test results no more than 72 hours old and undergo double PCR screening with a five-day quarantine in between.
Children born in 2005 or later will continue to be exempted from all border measures.
Covid-19 statistics in Iceland:
1329 individuals are in isolation.
1941 individuals are in quarantine.
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
- On March 17, 2021, the Icelandic government announced that all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to border measures, such as testing and quarantine. Until now, this exemption has only applied to those presenting certificates from the EU/EEA Area but will now apply equally to everyone who can provide proof of a full vaccination with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medical Agency as well as requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist of Iceland and Icelandic regulations. Regulation exempting vaccinated non-Schengen travelers from travel restrictions will come into force on the 6th of April.
- Effective July 27th, 2021, all vaccinated persons and those that can present a certificate of a prior COVID-19 infection must present a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test that is no more than 72 hours old before departure to Iceland. The new measures will take effect as of July 27, 2021. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to present negative PCR test results no more than 72 hours old and undergo double PCR screening with a five-day quarantine in between. Children born in 2005 or later will continue to be exempted from all border measures.
- Certificates from the World Health Organization (WHO) (the International Certificate of Vaccination or the Carte Jaune/Yellow Card) are also accepted for vaccines the WHO has validated. The exemption also applies to those who can provide valid proof of prior infection. Documentation on prior infections must be in accordance with the requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist.
- All arriving passengers are obligated to undergo one test for the detection of COVID-19 after arrival in Iceland, quarantining until the results come back . The first test is at the border and is free of charge. Children born 2005 or later who travel alone are obligated to undergo a test.
- 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 are exempt from quarantine, but need to present the negative test as well. 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.
- Those who do not present the negative test upon arrival will be fined.
- The fine for violating the rules at the border is ISK 100,000 or $770.
- Those who do not have a residency permit or legal domicile in this country are deported.
- Icelanders, and others with residency permits, are fined if their offenses are considered serious enough according to the police prosecution department at the border.
- 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.
- Are vaccines available in Iceland for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Iceland? Pfizier, Moderna, Janssen and AstraZeneca
- COVID19 vaccinations
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, if fully vaccinated. See above.
- 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 until the results are back.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- 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.
- Other links:
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19