COVID-19 Information – ICELAND
Last updated: 12/03/2021
Effective Monday, December 6, 2021:
Beginning early next week, all travelers will be required to present evidence of a negative COVID test taken within a day before departure, regardless of vaccine status. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
Covid-19 statistics in Iceland:
1577 individuals are in isolation.
1943 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
Effective October 1st, travelers arriving in Iceland who have ties to the country will no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate when entering the country. Travelers stopping over in Iceland who are not leaving the airport or other border point will also be exempt from this requirement. Those with ties to Iceland will still be required to undergo COVID-19 testing with 48 hours of arrival to the country, with the exception of children born in 2005 or later.
Vaccinated travelers without ties to Iceland as well as those with certificates of previous COVID-19 infection are still required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate no older than 72 hours. Unvaccinated travelers are also required to present a negative test certificate as well as to undergo testing upon arrival, five days of quarantine, and a follow-up test. Travelers must pre-register before arrival to Iceland.
Children born in 2005 or later will continue to be exempted from all border measures.
- 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.
- Visitors with significant ties to Iceland have to get tested within 48 hours of arrival to Iceland
- 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.
- 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
- 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? No, unless they are unvaccinated. Then they have to quarantine for 5 days.
- 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