Data Last Updated: September 20, 2020
Iceland has reopened the country's borders to tourists since June 15, 2020.
Passengers will be given two options on arrival - be tested for Covid upon arrival (15000 ISK/ $110 USD) or go into quarantine for two weeks.
Starting August 19, 2020, arriving passengers will get a PCR test at the airport upon arrival and another test 4 to 5 days upon arriving in the country. During the first 4 - 5 days, they must go on self-quarantine. They will only be allowed to go out once both tests turn out negative.
If they don’t want to get tested, travelers can opt to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Authorities in Iceland previously eased most restrictions nationwide. All businesses have been allowed to reopen with additional health and social distancing measures.
Measures that remain in place in Iceland include:
A ban on gatherings of more than 200 people
Encouraging individuals to leave 2 meters (6 feet) of space between each other.
Officials could reintroduce restrictions if infection rates rise.
Airlines & Transport
Flights to and from Iceland has since reinstated. Six airlines have resumed flights to Iceland. These include Faroese flag carrier Atlantic Airways, Czech Airlines, Icelandair, SAS, the Dutch low-cost airline Transavia, and Wizz Air, with their currently confirmed destinations being the Amsterdam, Copenhagen, the Faroe Islands, Milan, and Prague.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Isle of Man
Have you been dreaming of visiting Reykjavik to learn more about Viking History? Maybe of going to Selfoss for the sightseeing pleasure of magnificent geysers, waterfalls, and volcanoes? Or could it be majestic whale watching and seeing the Aurora Borealis in Husavik?
The good news is you can now go to Iceland because this Nordic country has just opened their borders for tourists as of June 15, 2020
Getting Tested For COVID-19
Tourists arriving at Keflavik Airport (KEF) are required to take a COVID-19 test at their own expense. Tourists will be released to their lodging once their results are out, which is usually on the same day too. Except if you arrive after 5 p.m. then your results will come the following day.
If by any means you opt out of being tested, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. So it’s basically paying around $100 USD for a quick result or being locked up for 2 full weeks waiting if you ever have the symptoms or not.
Which Countries Can Travel To Iceland?
Iceland had opened its borders to the citizens of Schengen Area and the European Union countries. For now, the government also opened its doors for the residents of the following countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
The list of countries exempted from Iceland’s travel restrictions will be reviewed at least every two weeks.
Filling Out The Pre-registration Form
Passengers are also required to fill out a pre-registration form on https://www.covid.is/english before departing to Iceland. It will require you to provide your personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, addresses during your stay in Iceland, and information on countries you have visited before your arrival.
Contact tracing is one of Iceland’s most important links in the chain of response. Everyone is required to install the government’s official app Rakning C-19. With your consent, this application will keep your location data on your device and will allow you to be contacted in the event of a positive result or to help facilitate further contact tracing efforts if there are visitors coming down with symptoms themselves.
And of course, even though Iceland opened its borders for travel doesn’t totally mean there’s not a pandemic still happening.
Everyone is asked to follow new protocols and safety measures such as wearing face masks at all times, limiting contact with people outside of your travel group, and respecting the 2 meters or 6 feet social distance as much as you can.
Your Safety is Iceland’s Priority
After all, it is your own responsibility to prioritize your own safety. Iceland does not take unnecessary risks and is only asking you to maintain the great progress that they have maintained so far by listening to experts and staying safe.
So whether it is you want to see the glaciers, the whales, or the northern lights, we hope that you have an amazing COVID-free summer trip to Iceland.
Your Safety is Iceland’s Priority
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Information for Non-Tourists
Icelanders and residents in Iceland to take special precautions after arriving in Iceland.
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