On this page, you can find up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 in Iceland and what impact it may have on your travel plans when visiting Iceland. This page was last updated on April 19, 2021, and will be updated daily.
Below you can read about the latest COVID-19 numbers in Iceland, the current Icelandic border policy, how to safely travel in Iceland during COVID-19, the vaccination progress in Iceland, and the COVID-friendly policies at Guide to Iceland, among others.
Iceland has been following a strict testing and tracing protocol through this pandemic.
With a population of only 340,000 people, Iceland is a relatively small country that has worked hard to tackle the spread of COVID-19. As of April 19, 2021, there are 97 active infections in Iceland.
Health authorities are processing hundreds of tests per day and have asked everyone to download a tracking app to help with contact tracing. With these practices in place, leaders can quickly isolate new cases to lessen the virus’s spread.
Every country in the world is dealing with COVID-19 in one way or another. There are a few things that make Iceland a safer place to visit than other countries.
With only 340,000 people, Iceland is one of the smaller countries in the world. Having a smaller population makes the virus easier to track and allows travelers to travel without interacting with many people.
Low population density
Almost 70% of the population lives in the capital area. This leaves so much of the country to explore without many people. The population density is low at three people per square kilometer. As a comparison, China’s population density is 153 people per square kilometer and in the United States is 36 people per square kilometer.
Typical exploration activities in Iceland
Iceland is known for its vast open spaces and unique landscapes. The majority of the activities are centered around nature. Whether hunting the Northern Lights or exploring the 10th waterfall of the day, travelers will likely be spending most of their vacation outside in nature. This gives them a unique opportunity to protect themselves by keeping a safe distance from other people.
29,686 people have been fully vaccinated as of April 19, 2021. With such a small population, authorities are optimistic about how quickly the majority can be vaccinated, and herd immunity could be achieved in the summer of 2021.
As of April 19, 2021, the Icelandic border is open to visitors from approved countries. Travelers are required to undergo 2 COVID-19 tests, with a 5-day quarantine between or provide a certificate proving you are either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have previously contracted and recovered from COVID-19.
Passengers will also need to provide negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours before entering Iceland. Travelers from abroad who do not come with a negative COVID-19 (PCR test) certificate may be fined up to 100,000 ISK ($788).
Icelandic borders will be open to anyone who can provide certificates showing proof of vaccination or proof of COVID-19 antibodies. Travelers must register with Icelandic authorities by filling out a pre-registration form before arrival, indicating their arrival and departure dates. You can find more information on restrictions on traveling to Iceland on the police forces website.
Option 1: Present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
Travelers must present a valid certificate showing full vaccination with an approved COVID-19 vaccine. The administered vaccine must be approved in Europe: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Janssen. The Directorate of Health has the specific requirements of the certificate listed on their website. The certificates can be in electronic or paper form.
Travelers who provide a vaccination certificate will still have to be tested at the airport for COVID-19. These travelers must then go to their accommodation to wait for the test results but do not have to quarantine beyond that.
Option 2: Provide the Icelandic health authorities with a certificate from the EEA/EFTA proving that you have previously contracted COVID-19 with a confirmed antibody test
A certificate showing a positive PCR-test for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 that is older than 14 days or showing the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 measured by ELISA serologic assay is accepted. A rapid diagnostic test will not be accepted. The Directorate of Health has the specific requirements of the certificate listed on their website.
Option 3: Take 2 COVID-19 tests with a five day quarantine period between them
Iceland continues to process over 1,000 tests per day, the majority of which are from the airport. If you choose the 5-day quarantine option, you will have to take a quick test at the border. After you are tested, you must proceed to your accommodation to quarantine until you receive your second test results. Even if your first test is negative, you cannot leave quarantine until the second test results are negative.
You can check the official COVID-19 information website for more details on the certificate requirements and current border policy.
Important Information Regarding Certificates
Border control will review the certificate and contact a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (health care worker) as needed. If the certificate is deemed invalid, the traveler will have to take 2 COVID-19 tests with the 5-day quarantine in between and provide a certificate of negative PCR testing.
Travelers must provide an address where they will be spending their quarantine. If unable to demonstrate an adequate quarantine location, local authorities may require the traveler to quarantine at an official Red Cross quarantine center.
Travelers can choose to quarantine at a privately rented location or stay at a quarantine facility. The stay in a quarantine facility is free of charge. The Icelandic health authorities can also require travelers to quarantine at a quarantine facility if they breach quarantine rules.
Almost every traveler must take a COVID-19 test upon entry and another after a 5-day quarantine. Any travelers with a preexisting medical condition can choose a 14-day quarantine instead of testing.
Children born in 2005 or later must go into quarantine with their parents or guardians when they arrive in Iceland.
Many different hotels and guesthouses have made changes to ensure a safe quarantine. If you have already booked accommodations, please reach out to them to make sure they accept quarantined travelers' responsibility. If you are looking for a place to quarantine, you can find the list of businesses here.
Many countries are requiring travelers to have a negative PCR test taken within a certain time period before traveling back from Iceland, for many it is within 72 hours of departure. Please be sure to check your specific home country requirements to know how close to your departure you need to take the test.
There are multiple testing centers around the country where you can go for your PCR test.
If you purchase a day tour, multi-day tour, or rent a car on Guide to Iceland, but test positive on arrival to Iceland or your flight gets delayed or canceled, you can choose to reschedule your trip to another date. If that is not an option for you, you will get a full refund. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. The cancellation insurance is available for purchase during the booking process while you book your trip.
Guide to Iceland has honored all refund requests for COVID-19 related cancellations to date. To cancel and get a full refund after arrival, please contact us via email with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after receiving the test result.
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Guide to Iceland makes sure that every customer receives the services they have purchased. If a customer books a service with a company that can not deliver it, Guide to Iceland will always offer alternative options or free upgrades.
As in many countries, COVID-19 has put a strain on Icelandic businesses. However, many continue to offer tours and other services throughout the country and are excited to welcome travelers back. These tour companies operate under the Icelandic health authorities' guidance and work hard to ensure everyone's safety.
The current regulations state:
These regulations will remain in effect until May 5, 2021.
Iceland's main attraction - nature, remains open even when restrictions are in place.
Please visit Iceland's Official Ministry of Health website for the most up-to-date information on Iceland's COVID-19 restrictions.
Yes, you can. But we highly recommend that you book in advance. If your flight gets canceled or you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you will get a full refund. Booking after arrival will limit your options as availability is limited in Iceland right now.
If you have further questions, please drop us an email, and we will help you with your trip.
Iceland's flag carrier airline now runs flights from 10 destinations, including Amsterdam, Boston, Copenhagen, and London.
Other airlines have already started flying again or are planning to soon. For example:
You can visit Keflavik International Airport's Airlines and Destinations page for the most current information on airlines and flights traveling to Iceland.
Yes, absolutely. Here at Guide to Iceland, we're committed to ensuring those enjoying our experiences' safety and welfare. We are honoring our cancellation policy fully, which you can read more about in our terms and conditions. In short, you can never lose a booking with us. If you choose to cancel your booking, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will process your request.
We look forward to seeing you in Iceland!