COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Iceland (25 September Update)

Airline Restrictions

  • Airports are open and commercial flights are operating.

  • Atlantic Airways relaunched service between Keflavik and the Faroe Islands.

Border Restrictions

  • All countries are designated as risk areas. Travellers are not allowed to enter Iceland. Exceptions include:

  • Arrivals from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland,
    Vatican City and the EEA Member States;

  • British nationals;

  • Residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay;

  • Military personnel travelling on duty.

  • All passengers travelling to Iceland are required to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival, which includes their contact information, address(es) during their stay in Iceland, and a declaration of health, available at This form does not serve as an application for entry.

  • All arriving passengers must choose either a 14-day quarantine or a double testing procedure along with quarantine for 5-6 days. The double border-screening measure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 5-6 days later. During this period, the travellers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection. The visitors who test negative in the second PCR-test will no longer need to take special precautions. Anyone who tests positive must abide by self-isolation measures. Alternatively, arrivals have an option to stay in quarantine for 14 days without undergoing any tests. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from this double border-screening procedure.

  • Passengers are charged a fee for a single test at pre-registration. If paid on arrival, the fee is higher. The second test is free of charge.

Social Distancing Restrictions

  • At least a two-meter distance is mandatory for the individuals who are not closely linked. Face masks should be worn in public space in circumstances where the two-meter distance cannot be maintained and on public transport journeys lasting more than 30 minutes.

  • All businesses and services are open.

  • Hotels and other accommodations are open.

  • Bars, nightclubs, and restaurants are permitted to open until 23:00 (local time).

  • Social gatherings are permitted up to a maximum of 200 people until 27 September.

  • Colleges and universities are allowed to open with public health measures. In schools, at least one-meter physical distance must be maintained without using face masks.

  • Contact sports are allowed for training and competitions. The two-meter distance rule must be respected in changing rooms and other areas outside competition and training.

  • Contact at performing arts, music, stage performance, filming events, and fitness centres is permitted.

Travel Restrictions

  • There are no restrictions on travel within Iceland at this time.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is changing constantly worldwide. This information is subject to change as the situation evolves. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Some countries are beginning to remove some restrictions gradually. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.