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titleSource: Source: European Union / Re-open EU

22.07.2021

What are the rules to enter this country from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?


Iceland adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Iceland are not based on the common ‘EU Traffic Lights’ map.

All countries and territories of the world, except Greenland, are currently classified as risk areas.

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.

Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

Rules at the borders are in force until 15 August 2021.


Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate


Travel restrictions do not apply to:

  1. Vaccinated people
    Travellers with a certificate do not have to present a negative PCR test. To have a valid certificate, 14 days have to have passed from the second dose (or 14 days from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson dose). If the time is shorter than 14 days, the travellers need to undergo testing at the border and follow rules on home quarantine until a negative result is obtained. If a certificate is not valid, the travellers need to undergo 2 tests and quarantine for 5 days in between.
    All vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organisation are accepted.
    The vaccination certificates must fulfil the requirements described here.
  2. People that have been infected with COVID-19
    They must provide a certificate that fulfils the requirements described here.
    These travellers do not have to present a negative PCR test.

As of 27 July, all vaccinated travellers, as well as those with a confirmed previous infection, are required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, in addition to the certificate regarding their vaccination or a previous infection.

The certificate must be submitted in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, or French. A certificate in another language may be valid if submitted along with a translation in one of the approved languages and verified by a certified translator.

If the slightest suspicion arises that an individual has presented a forged certificate, he/she will be obliged to be tested twice with quarantine in between.

Testing and quarantine of children

  • Children born in 2005 or later do not have to be tested on the border. They are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. If a child travels with a person required to be quarantined, the child stays with that person and is released from quarantine if the second test from the companion is negative. If the companion is exempt from double screening and quarantine, also the child is exempt.
  • Children born in or before 2004 need to undergo testing at the border, quarantine for 5 days and then have a second test unless they have a certificate of full vaccination. Children who have not reached the age of 18 are permitted to travel to Iceland with their parents, given the parents are exempt from travel restrictions to Iceland.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Certificates
Are you travelling to Iceland?
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
Travel restrictions to Iceland
FAQ regarding disease control measures at the border


Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements


If travelers don’t have any vaccination certificate or a certification that proves a previous COVID-19 infection or have a certificate that is not valid, they need to present a negative PCR test certificateagainst COVID-19. Rapid antigen tests are in this case not considered valid. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure.

The result of the test must be pre-recorded. The certificate must be submitted in either Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or English. Certificates in other languages are not considered valid.

Additionally, passengers arriving in Iceland without proof of vaccination or prior infection, must undergotwo more PCR tests: one on their arrival and a second one after a quarantine of 5 days.

Everybody must quarantine for 5 days and go for another test at the end of quarantine. Please note that a new day begins at midnight. People may quarantine at home provided that their accommodation meets certain conditions. If not, they need to stay at the government’s quarantine facility during their quarantine. Here is a list of accommodations that accommodate guests in quarantine.

The second testing is done at health centres around Iceland. A bar code is sent to a mobile phone the night before testing. Those people who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must continue self-isolation.

Testing and quarantine of children

  • Children born in 2005 or later do not have to be tested on the border. They are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. If a child travels with a person required to be quarantined, the child stays with that person and is released from quarantine if the second test from the companion is negative. If the companion is exempt from double screening and quarantine, also the child is exempt. A child travelling alone is neither tested nor needs to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival.
  • Children born in or before 2004 need to undergo testing at the border, quarantine for 5 days and then have a second test unless they have a certificate of full vaccination. Children who have not reached the age of 18 are permitted to travel to Iceland with their parents, given the parents are exempt from travel restrictions to Iceland.

A tourist is obliged to pre-register a departure date from Iceland if it is available. If the length of stay is shorter than the required time in quarantine, it will be examined separately, as there is a risk that the person in question will not follow the rules on quarantine.

Please note that violations of quarantine or isolation rules are subject to fines and the involvement of the authorities to prevent violations.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Certificates
Are you travelling to Iceland?
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
Travel restrictions to Iceland
FAQ regarding disease control measures at the border
Quarantine at home
List of accommodations that accommodate guests in quarantine
Testing centres

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?



Travel restrictions do not apply to other EEA/EFTA-citizens and citizens of Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican.

Third-country citizens are still not authorized to travel to Iceland unless exemptions apply. Note: As of 1 January 2021, UK nationals have the status of third-country nationals.

Third-country nationals who can provide appropriate proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or prior infection, are exempt from the travel restrictions. As of 27 July, these travelers are also required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test (taken within 72 hours before departure).

All countries and territories of the world are currently classified as risk areas, except Greenland.

Rules at the borders are in force until 15 August 2021.

Travelers from outside the EEA/EFTA area who are not relatives of an EEA/EFTA citizen and not from exempted countries may not enter Iceland unless the provide a valid reason. Valid reasons fall into the following categories:

  • Passenger in airport transit
  • Employees in healthcare services and geriatric services
  • Employees responsible for the transportation of goods and services
  • Individual travelling because of an acute family incident (i.e. serious illness, accident or demise)
  • Individuals and delegations who travel to the country under the aegis of the Icelandic government, staff of diplomatic missions and other representatives of foreign countries; international organisation staff and their guests who need to travel to the country due to the activities of these organisations; members of armed forces travelling to Iceland for duty; humanitarian aid workers; staff of civil protection; and family members of the aforementioned parties
  • Students (≠ Class trips are not considered to be an exemption from travel restrictions)
  • Persons who essentially need to travel to Iceland for business purposes of short duration and it cannot be postponed or performed abroad.

RULES AT BORDER

Is a coronavirus test required?

All arriving passengers, who are not vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19, are required to present a negative result to a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure to Iceland. Rapid antigen tests are in this case not considered valid.

Additionally, these passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo two more PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 6 days later. Between the two tests, a quarantine of 5 days is mandatory.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

Provisions for vaccinated people

Children born in 2005 and later, as well as those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR test before boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The exemption also applies to those who can provide valid proof of prior infection. Documentation on prior infections must follow the requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist.

As of 27 July, those who provide valid proof of vaccination against COVID-19 are required to present a PCR or rapid antigen test (taken within 72 hours before departure), but are exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. These measures also apply to those who can provide valid proof of prior infection.

Is a quarantine required?

Arriving passengers, who are not exempt on the grounds of age, vaccination, or prior infection, are required to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.

Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Certificates
Are you travelling to Iceland?
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
Travel restrictions to Iceland
Defined areas with risk of infection and rules regarding border crossing

May I transit this country?


Yes


Transit passengers who do not leave the terminal facilities at the border are not required to undergo screening or quarantine. 

General measures


Current measures


Use of facemasks


Masks are not mandatory anywhere.


Physical Distancing


Social distancing rules have been removed.


Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events


No more limits to the number of people at gatherings.

Social distancing rules are removed.

Masks are not mandatory anywhere.

Restrictions on any kind of operations are no longer applicable, neither the obligation to register guests nor restrictions on opening hours.

Information on Tourism at National level


Useful Info for tourists


Useful Info for tourists

EU Digital COVID Certificates


This country is already connected to the Gateway and is issuing and/or verifying at least one EU Digital COVID Certificate (Vaccination, Recovery, Test)


The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into force on 01 July 2021. EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. 

The certificate provides a standardised recognition of the holder's status related to vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or test result. Despite the European Digital COVID Certificate, each country continues to be responsible for the definition of its own entry requirements and rules, which are not standardised at the EU level. This means that what is required to enter upon presentation of this certificate, depends on the measures and entry rules in place at your destination. 


Find out more: 

Information on the "EU Digital COVID Certificate" 

Press Release 

Questions & Answers 

Factsheet 

Further information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ISL/7011


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18.06.2021


What are the rules to enter this country from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?



Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate



As of 1 June 2021, Iceland can verify "EU Digital COVID certificates" issued by other countries.

Holders of "EU Digital COVID certificates" have to undergo only one PCR test upon arrival, and self-isolate until they have the result, if their certificate contains either:

  • Proof of full vaccination. The vaccination is considered completed after the second dose of vaccine (for Johnson&Johnson, the vaccination is considered completed after the single dose has been taken).
    All vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organisation are accepted.
    The validity of the vaccination is 365 days.
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 (14 days must have elapsed from the positive result to a COVID test).

Holders of "EU Digital COVID certificates" have to undergo 2 PCR tests upon arrival, with 5-6 days self-isolation in between, if their certificate contains:

  • a negative result to a COVID-19 test. Only PCR tests are accepted. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

Children under 16 years old are exempted from the pre-departure testing requirement and are subject to PCR test(s) upon arrival.


Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements



Iceland adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Iceland are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

All countries and territories of the world, with the exception of Greenland, are currently classified as risk areas.

Travellers are allowed to enter Iceland by presenting either:

  • Proof of full vaccination
    Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from quarantine measures at the border. Until 1 July, they are still subject to a PCR test upon arrival. After 1 July, all travellers arriving in Iceland will be exempt from border screening if they present a certificate of vaccination.
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19
    Those who provide valid proof of having recovered from COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from quarantine measures at the border. Until 1 July, they are still subject to a PCR test upon arrival. After 1 July, all travellers arriving in Iceland will be exempt from border screening if they present a certificate of recent recovery from COVID-19.

All other travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

Additionally, all passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo two more PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 5-6 days later. All travellers must remain in isolation until they receive a negative result to the second PCR test.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

Children born in 2005 and later are exempted from the pre-departure test requirement.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.
Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
Instructions for quarantine


What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?




Travel to Iceland from outside the EEA/Schengen area is still restricted.

However, on March 26 a government regulation will come into effect that allows non-essential travels to Iceland from outside the EEA/Schengen-area for passengers who can provide valid proof of vaccination or prior infection, in addition to those on essential business.

All countries and territories of the world are currently classified as risk areas.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All arriving passengers are required to present a negative result to a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland.

Additionally, all passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo two more PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 5-6 days later.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

Children born in 2005 and later, as well as those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. 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.


Is a quarantine required?

All arriving passengers have to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding, and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.
Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Entry rules from 16.3.2021
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine
Instructions for quarantine


May I transit this country?


YES


 Transit passsengers who do not leave the terminal facilities at the border, are not required to undergo screening or quarantine.



General measures



Current measures


Use of facemasks



Masks must be worn wherever the 1-metre social distancing rule cannot be kept between individuals. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children born 2005 or later.

Face masks shall cover the nose and mouth.

Exempted from masks are those individuals who have already been infected with COVID-19 and completed isolation. Furthermore, those who are unable to wear a mask due to health reasons are also exempt from this obligation.


Physical Distancing


At all workplaces and in other activities, 1-metre distance between people must be ensured.

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events



The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is 300 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations.

Limits to the numbers of children, social distancing and obligation to wear a mask do not apply to children born 2015 or later.

Restrictions on the number of people do not apply to public transport, coach travel, domestic flights, passenger ferries and the work of response units such as the police, fire-fighters, Civil Protection assistants and healthcare workers.


Information on Tourism at National level



Useful Info for tourists



Useful Info for tourists


EU Digital COVID Certificates


THIS COUNTRY IS ALREADY CONNECTED TO THE GATEWAY AND IS ISSUING AND/OR VERIFYING AT LEAST ONE EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE (VACCINATION, RECOVERY, TEST)



The EU Digital COVID Certificate (available from 1 July 2021) provides proof that a person has either:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19 (vaccine type and manufacturer, number of doses, date of vaccination);
  • received a negative test result, PCR or rapid antigen, with the name of the test, date and time of test, test centre and result (self-tests are not valid);
  • recovered from COVID-19.

When travelling, holders of the EU Digital COVID Certificate will have the same rights as citizens of the visited Member State who have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.

The certificate provides a standardised recognition of the holder's status related to vaccination, recovery from COVID or test result. Each country continues to be responsible for the definition of its own entry requirements and rules, which are not standardised at the EU level. This means that what you will be eligible for, upon presentation of this certificate, depends on the measures and entry rules in place at your country of destination.


How does it work:

  1. Member States issue a certificate automatically or upon request, which is issued either digitally or on paper, and has a QR code with an electronic signature;
  2. Citizens store the certificate in their digital app or wallet and can use it when they travel;
  3. When the verifier asks the citizen for the certificate, the QR code is shown and the digital signature is verified.


Find out more:
Information on the EU Digital COVID Certificate

Press Release
Questions & Answers
Factsheet


                                                                                                     

06.05.2021

From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


No


Iceland adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Iceland are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

From 1 May 2021, travel restrictions will be based on the EU Traffic Lights map. From that time, travellers from low-risk areas (green and yellow) will be exempt from quarantine measures if they present a negative PCR result at the border.

All countries and territories of the world are currently classified as risk areas.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

Additionally, all passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo two more PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 5-6 days later.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

Children born in 2005 and later are exempted.

 Provisions for vaccinated people

Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border.
The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection.


Is a quarantine required?

All arriving passengers have to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test.

 Provisions for vaccinated people

Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding, and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.
Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Entry rules from 16.2.2021
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine
Instructions for quarantine


What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?




Travel to Iceland from outside the EEA/Schengen area is still restricted.

However, on March 26 a government regulation will come into effect that allows non-essential travels to Iceland from outside the EEA/Schengen-area for passengers who can provide valid proof of vaccination or prior infection, in addition to those on essential business.

All countries and territories of the world are currently classified as risk areas.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All arriving passengers are required to present a negative result to a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland.

Additionally, all passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo two more PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 5-6 days later.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

 Provisions for vaccinated people

Children born in 2005 and later, as well as those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. 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.


Is a quarantine required?

All arriving passengers have to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test.

 Provisions for vaccinated people

Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding, and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.
Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Entry rules from 16.3.2021
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine
Instructions for quarantine


May I transit this country?

Yes

 Transit passsengers who do not leave the terminal facilities at the border, are not required to undergo screening or quarantine.


General measures



Current measures


Use of facemasks



Face masks should be used on public transport, in shops and other services and whenever it is not possible to ensure a 2-metres proximity restriction, such as in healthcare facilities, taxis, group cars, domestic flights, hairdresser and beauty saloons and similar establishments. Face mask should cover nose and mouth. This obligation does not apply to children born as of 2015 as well to people who have recovered from COVID-19 and completed the isolation period and to people with disabilities.

Find out more:

Masks (in Icelandic)


Physical Distancing



A 2-metres safety distance must be respected. Where it is not possible, masks are required. Children born in 2015 and later are exempted from the 2 metres rule

Source: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ISL/7001

                                                                                                     

31.03.2021

From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


NO


Iceland adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Iceland are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Iceland will implement a new system, based on the ECDC colour scheme, on 1 May. From that time, travellers from low-risk areas (green and yellow) will be exempt from quarantine measures if they present a negative PCR result at the border.

All countries and territories of the world are currently classified as risk areas.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

Additionally, all passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo two more PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 5-6 days later.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

Children born in 2005 and later are exempted.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border.
The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection.


Is a quarantine required?

All arriving passengers have to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding, and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.
Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Entry rules from 16.2.2021
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine
Instructions for quarantine

Documents you need to travel in Europe


What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?




Travel to Iceland from outside the EEA/Schengen area is still restricted.

However, on March 26 a government regulation will come into effect that allows non-essential travels to Iceland from outside the EEA/Schengen-area for passengers who can provide valid proof of vaccination or prior infection, in addition to those on essential business.

All countries and territories of the world are currently classified as risk areas.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All arriving passengers are required to present a negative result to a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland.

Additionally, all passengers arriving in Iceland must undergo two more PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 5-6 days later.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

Children born in 2005 and later, as well as those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19, are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. 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.


Is a quarantine required?

All arriving passengers have to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding, and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All passengers born before 2005 are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires them to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.
Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Entry rules from 16.3.2021
Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19
List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine
Instructions for quarantine


May I transit this country?


YES

 Transit passsengers who do not leave the terminal facilities at the border, are not required to undergo screening or quarantine



General measures



Current measures

Health cover for temporary stays


Use of facemasks



Face masks should be used on public transport, in shops and other services and whenever it is not possible to ensure a 2-metres proximity restriction, such as in healthcare facilities, taxis, group cars, domestic flights, hairdresser and beauty saloons and similar establishments. Face mask should cover nose and mouth. This obligation does not apply to children born as of 2015 as well to people who have recovered from COVID-19 and completed the isolation period and to people with disabilities.

Find out more:

Masks (in Icelandic)


Physical Distancing



A 2-metres safety distance must be respected. Where it is not possible, masks are required. Children born in 2015 and later are exempted from the 2 metres rule.


Source: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ISL/7001

                                                                                                     

16.03.2021

From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


NO


Iceland adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Iceland are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

All countries and territories of the world are currently classified as risk areas.

All passengers arriving in Iceland and born before 2005 must pre-register to be screened for COVID-19.


Is a quarantine required?

All arriving passengers must choose between a 14-day quarantine and a double testing procedure along with a quarantine of 5-6 days (see: border-screening measures)


Is a coronavirus test required?

As an alternative to a 14-day quarantine, the double border-screening procedure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR tests: one upon arrival, and another one 5-6 days later.

Those who test negative in the second PCR test are no longer submitted to special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate. Children born in 2005 and later, as well as those who demonstrate to have recovered from COVID-19, are exempt from the double border-screening procedure.

From 01.12.2020 until 31.01.2021, the screening procedure will be free of charge. In case of non-compliance with the screening procedure, fines may apply.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during the stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival.
Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?


From 19/8/2020, all countries and territories of the world are classified as risk areas.

All passengers arriving in Iceland and born before 2005 must pre-register to be screened for COVID-19. 

The Government of Iceland has decided to impose more comprehensive border-screening measures as of 19 August. All arriving passengers must choose between a 14-day quarantine and a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days.

The double border-screening procedure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 5-6 days later.

During this period, all arriving passengers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection. Those who test negative in the second PCR-test are no longer required to take special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from the double border-screening procedure.

From 01.12.2020 until 31.01.2021, the screening procedure will be free of charge. In case of non compliance with the screening procedure, fines may apply.

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.


May I transit this country?

YES

 Transit passsengers who do not leave the terminal facilities at the border, are not required to undergo screening or quarantine.


Find out more:
www.covid.is
Double screening until December
List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine
Instructions for quarantine

Documents you need to travel in Europe


                                                                                                     

25.01.2021


From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


Partially


Note: Iceland adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Iceland are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Entry Restrictions

From 19/8/2020, all countries and territories of the world are classified as risk areas.

All passengers arriving in Iceland and born before 2005 must pre-register to be screened for COVID-19. 

The Government of Iceland has decided to impose more comprehensive border-screening measures as of 19 August. All arriving passengers must choose between a 14-day quarantine and a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days.

The double border-screening procedure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 5-6 days later.

During this period, all arriving passengers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection. Those who test negative in the second PCR-test are no longer required to take special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from the double border-screening procedure as well as those who demonstrate to have recovered from COVID-19.

From 01.12.2020 until 31.01.2021, the screening procedure will be free of charge. In case of non compliance with the screening procedure, fines may apply.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

Find out more:

www.covid.is

Double screening until December

List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine

Instructions for quarantine

Documents you need to travel in Europe


What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?


From 19/8/2020, all countries and territories of the world are classified as risk areas.

All passengers arriving in Iceland and born before 2005 must pre-register to be screened for COVID-19. 

The Government of Iceland has decided to impose more comprehensive border-screening measures as of 19 August. All arriving passengers must choose between a 14-day quarantine and a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days.

The double border-screening procedure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 5-6 days later.

During this period, all arriving passengers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection. Those who test negative in the second PCR-test are no longer required to take special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from the double border-screening procedure.

From 01.12.2020 until 31.01.2021, the screening procedure will be free of charge. In case of non compliance with the screening procedure, fines may apply.

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

Find out more:

www.covid.is

Double screening until December

List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine

Instructions for quarantine


May I transit this country?


Yes


 Transit passsengers who do not leave the terminal facilities at the border, are not required to undergo screening or quarantine.


General measures



Current restrictions (in Icelandic)

Health cover for temporary stays


Use of facemasks



Face masks should be used on public transport, in shops and other services and whenever it is not possible to ensure a 2-metres proximity restriction, such as in healthcare facilities, taxis, group cars, domestic flights, hairdresser and beauty saloons and similar establishments. Face mask should cover nose and mouth. This obligation does not apply to children born as of 2015 as well to people who have recovered from COVID-19 and completed the isolation period and to people with disabilities.

Find out more:

Masks (in Icelandic)


Physical Distancing



A 2-metres safety distance must be respected. Where it is not possible, masks are required. Children born in 2015 and later are exempted from the 2 metres rule.

                                                                                                     


15.12.2020

From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


PARTIALLY

Entry Restrictions

From 19/8/2020, all countries and territories of the world are classified as risk areas.

All passengers arriving in Iceland and born before 2005 must pre-register to be screened for COVID-19. 

The Government of Iceland has decided to impose more comprehensive border-screening measures as of 19 August. All arriving passengers must choose between a 14-day quarantine and a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days.

The double border-screening procedure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 5-6 days later.

During this period, all arriving passengers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection. Those who test negative in the second PCR-test are no longer required to take special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from the double border-screening procedure as well as those who demonstrate to have recovered from COVID-19.

From 01.12.2020 until 31.01.2021, the screening procedure will be free of charge. In case of non compliance with the screening procedure, fines may apply.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?



From 19/8/2020, all countries and territories of the world are classified as risk areas.

All passengers arriving in Iceland and born before 2005 must pre-register to be screened for COVID-19. 

The Government of Iceland has decided to impose more comprehensive border-screening measures as of 19 August. All arriving passengers must choose between a 14-day quarantine and a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days.

The double border-screening procedure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 5-6 days later.

During this period, all arriving passengers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection. Those who test negative in the second PCR-test are no longer required to take special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from the double border-screening procedure.

From 01.12.2020 until 31.01.2021, the screening procedure will be free of charge. In case of non compliance with the screening procedure, fines may apply.

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

May I transit this country?


YES

 Transit passsengers who do not leave the terminal facilities at the border, are not required to undergo screening or quarantine

Find out more:

www.covid.is

Double screening until December

List of accommodations that receive guests for quarantine

Instructions for quarantine

Documents you need to travel in Europe



                                                                                                     

13.11.2020

Entry Restrictions

From 19/8/2020, all countries and territories of the world are classified as risk areas.

All passengers arriving in Iceland and born before 2005 must pre-register to be screened for COVID-19. 

The Government of Iceland has decided to impose more comprehensive border-screening measures as of 19 August. All arriving passengers must choose between a 14-day quarantine and a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days.

The double border-screening procedure requires all passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 5-6 days later.

During this period, all arriving passengers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection. Those who test negative in the second PCR-test are no longer required to take special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from the double border-screening procedure.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

Find out more:

www.covid.is 

Double screening until December

Travel to/from Iceland (in Icelandic)


Source: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ISL/7001

                                                                                                     

11.09.2020

Third-country nationals

Non-essential travel to and from “third countries” remains largely prohibited and it is allowed only for essential reasons or for those with a permanent residency in Island or within the EU/Schengen Area. Foreign nationals, who are neither EU/EEA nor EFTA nationals, therefore continue not to be allowed to enter Iceland unless they can demonstrate that their travel is essential.

However, Iceland has lifted travel restrictions for residents of twelve states outside the EU/Schengen Area in line with the decision of EU Member States.

For further details please visit Coronavirus informations


                                                                                                     

28.08.2020

Travelling to Iceland
Travelling from Denmark, Norway, Finland and Germany is allowed without restrictions until 18/8.

From 19/8all countries and territories of the world are classified as risk areas.


Travelling from Iceland or returning to Iceland
Inhabitants of Iceland are advised not to travel to risk areas.

From areas classified as risky, Icelandic citizens and residents of Iceland who choose to be tested will have to take special precautions during the first five days after arrival in Iceland, until they can be tested for the second time. These precautions are specified at: Special precautions on arrival in Iceland.
Those with a negative test are no longer required to take special precautions, while those with a positive test must self-isolate.

Rules and Exceptions
All passengers arriving in Iceland from high-risk areas can choose to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival or to undergo a quarantine for two weeks. Children born in 2005 or later, as well as passengers not arriving from areas defined as "high risk" of infection, are exempted from both testing and quarantine.

Mandatory Travel Documentation
Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.

Links to national sources
www.covid.is

Documents you need to travel in Europe

Source: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ISL


Info
titleSource: The Directorate of Health and The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management of Iceland

17.03.2021

The Directorate of Health and The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management of Iceland

Travel to and within Iceland

Travel restrictions apply to all third-country nationals, i.e. persons who are neither citizens of EEA/EFTA nations, nor nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, or the Vatican—regardless of whether they require a visa or are permitted travel within the Schengen area without a visa.

Everyone Traveling to Iceland Must:

Preregister electronically before departure. Pre-registration does not constitute a travel authorization.
Submit a certificate of a negative PCR-test for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) before boarding an aircraft or ship to Iceland and again upon arrival. The negative test result must have been collected no more than 72 hours before departure (on the first leg of the journey). Rapid antigen tests are not valid. The certificate must be submitted in either Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or English. Certificates in other languages are not considered valid. The results of the test must be pre-recorded. The fine for violating the rule requiring a negative PCR test is 100,000 Icelandic Krónur (ISK) for residents and Icelandic nationals. Non-citizens and non-residents without a negative PCR tests will be refused entry at the border.
Take two tests to screen for the presence of COVID-19 after arrival in Iceland, with a mandatory 5-6 day quarantine between each test. Sampling is free of charge. Note exceptions to the rule below.
Complete quarantine with a negative result (no virus is found) following the second screening.
We recommended that all travelers download the "Rakning C-19" app. This app is intended, among other things, to communicate negative results from COVID-19 screenings and assists the health authorities with the tracing of infections when necessary.
Travel directly to the quarantine station after arriving at the border stop, by airbus, taxi, rental car, or a private vehicle that has been left for you at the airport. Travelers are advised to stay overnight at a guesthouse near the border station if they are tired from their journey or in the case of unfavorable weather conditions.
Persons who are unable to demonstrate an adequate isolation/quarantine location are required to stay in a quarantine facility. Those who are diagnosed with a variant of the virus that is more contagious and/or leads to a more serious illness are unconditionally required to stay in a quarantine facility.

Children Born in 2005 and Later

If the children are traveling with a parent/guardian, they are taken into quarantine with the parent/guardian but are not required to submit to sampling.
If a child travels without parents/guardians, the child must undergo a 5-day quarantine and submit to a second sampling. If the result is negative, the quarantine is concluded.
If a child travels with a parent/guardian who has a certificate of exemption at the border, then the child must undergo a 5-day quarantine and submit to a second sampling.

Exemptions from border screening and quarantine rules do not provide exemptions from travel restrictions.

Passengers arriving from Greenland who have not stayed outside Greenland for the past 14 days.
Travelers with connecting flights, who do not leave the border crossing point in question, are not required to submit to screenings and quarantine.
Passengers on connecting flights who stay in Iceland for less than 48 hours have the option of quarantining instead of submitting to sampling.
Those who are able to submit proof of a prior COVID-19 infection with a PCR test or an antibody test issued by an EEA/EFTA country. Note that a positive PCR test must be at least 14 days old.
Those who have a valid certificate of full vaccination issued by an EEA/EFTA country with an approved vaccine against COVID-19.
Those presenting a valid full vaccination certificate with an approved vaccine against COVID-19.

A certificate of derogation at the border crossing point must meet the following criteria:

Certificate for a previous COVID-19 infection

Certificates must be issued in Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English.
First name and last name (comparable to travel documentation).
Date of birth.
When the sampling took place (Date).
Where the sampling took place (Country/City/Address).
Name of testing facility / Certificate issuer.
Date of certificate.
Telephone number of the party responsible for issuing the certificate or the testing facility.
Type of test (PCR test or antibody test by ELISA blood serum test).
Test result (a positive PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 or proof of the presence of antibodies).

Vaccination certificate

A vaccination certificate issued by an EEA/EFTA State with one of the following vaccines with marketing authorization in Europe:

1. Comirnaty; Pfizer BioNTech

2. COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

3. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

The International Certificate of Vaccination (“the yellow book”) issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) is also valid in those cases where WHO has discussed and approved a vaccine that is listed on the certificate, regardless of where the vaccination was made. Here is a list of vaccines that may be listed in the yellow book:

1. Comirnaty; Pfizer/BioNTech

2. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

3. Covidshield COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

Certificates can be hard copies or electronic. Border guards will assess whether a certificate is valid and will contact a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (a health care professional) as necessary, and the Chief Epidemiologist issues a final decision regarding the validity of the certificate. If a passenger presents a certificate that is deemed invalid, i.e., if any of the required conditions are not met, the person concerned shall be subject to the quarantine measures imposed on other passengers, i.e., to present a certificate for a negative PCR test and undergo double screening, with a quarantine between those screenings.

Vaccination certificates must fulfill the following criteria:

Must be submitted in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, or French. A certificate in another language may be valid if submitted along with a translation in one of the approved languages and verified by a certified translator.
First name and last name (comparable to travel documentation).
Date of birth.
Nationality
Passport number.
Name of the vaccinated disease (COVID-19).
When the vaccinations took place (dates)
Vaccination must be completed; see below for the number of doses required to complete the vaccination for each vaccine.
Information on the issuer of the certificate (Healthcare Professional/Institution), along with a signature in the case of an international vaccination certificate.
Name of the vaccine.
Manufacturer of vaccine and batch number.

Dual Screening and Quarantine

The first screening takes place at the border, after which the arriving passengers must be quarantined for 5-6 days according to Instructions for Residential Quarantine.

List of accommodations that accommodate guests undergoing quarantine.

The quarantine facilities operated by the authorities will only accept visitors who have a referral from the health authorities and border officials.

The second screening takes place at Clinics all over the country, and bar codes are sent to mobile phones the night before the sampling is to take place. Please note varying opening hours for sampling.

A positive screening result will always lead to isolation, and then it is necessary to adhere to Instructions for Residential Isolation. Should a person be diagnosed with a variant of the virus that is more contagious and/or leads to a more serious illness, they are unconditionally required to stay at a quarantine facility.

We would emphasize that a breach of quarantine or isolation may lead to fines and the involvement of authorities to prevent violations.

Other Important Information

We recommend that individuals who are traveling familiarize themselves with the Government Travel Council in connection with COVID-19.

Icelanders and residents of Iceland needing assistance to travel home, can submit queries to the Consular Services of the MFA by e-mail at hjalp@utn.is and through  Facebook. Requests are dealt with during office hours.

In emergencies, Icelanders abroad can call the Consular Services 24/7 on  +354-545-0-112. Key Information on People's Rights while Travelling can be found on the website of the Icelandic Tourist Board.

Defined High-Risk Areas - Traveling from Iceland

It is important to know what applies at any given time regarding areas with a high risk of infection and rules for cross-border movement. Nations are constantly being reassessed for their risk status.

Icelandic residents are advised against traveling in high-risk areas.


Effective restrictions on gatherings

The Regulation on the restrictions on gatherings due to the pandemic enters into effect on 18 March and applies to and including 9 April 2021.

The Regulation does not apply to international airports or ports or to aircraft and ships on international routes or to fishing vessels. The Regulation also does not apply to healthcare institutions, nursing homes and other comparable institutions. These institutions should set special rules on infection prevention measures.

Limits on the number of people and rules on social distancing do not apply to children born 2005 or later.

A separate regulation has been adopted for school activities. This regulation will be in effect from 24 February up to and including 30 April 2021. See below.

Number limits, proximity limits, mask use

Limits on the number of people:

The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is 50 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations. This limit, however, does not apply to persons in the same household. Special rules apply to events where guests are allocated booked seats.

Children Limits on the number of children, rules on social distancing and the obligation to wear a mask do not apply to children born 2005 or later.

Limits on the number of people do not apply to public transport, coach travel, domestic flights, passenger ferries and the work of response units, such as the police, the fire brigade, Civil Protection assistants and healthcare workers. Nor does it apply to the work of the government, the State Council, Alþingi (the Icelandic Parliament), the National Security Council, or courts exercising their judicial powers.

Social distancing rules

At all workplaces and in all other activities, e.g. teaching, lectures and church services, the two-metre distance requirement between people who are not closely linked must be observed. Exceptions are made to the rules for events where guests are allocated booked seats.

Use of face masks

Masks must be worn wherever the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot be kept between individuals who are not closely linked, with the exception of schools and certain events where guests are seated in booked seats. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children born 2005 or later.

Face masks shall be used in public transport, in shops and other services. Face masks shall also be used where it is not possible to observe the two-metre social distancing rule, such as in health services, domestic flights and ferries, public transport, taxis and coaches, in practical driving lessons and flight training, as well as at cultural activities, hairdressers, beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, dog grooming salons, tanning salons and other similar activities. Face mask shall cover the nose and mouth.

Exempted from masks are those individuals who have already been infected with COVID-19 and completed isolation. Those who lack the understanding or maturity to use a face mask correctly or are unable to do so for other reasons, such as health reasons, are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask.

Operations involving particular infection risk

Events with seated guests: Up to 200 persons may be present during the ceremonies of religious and life stance ceremonies; stage, cultural and sports events; conferences; lectures; and comparable events provided that the following conditions are met. NOTE! If it is not possible to fulfil the conditions, the rules on a 50-person maximum shall apply for the event in question.

Guests may Guests may not sit across from each other unless two metres separate them.
Permitted proximity conditions between unrelated parties are, at present, 1 metre in seats
The participation of all guests must be registered to numbered seats and must state their name, ID No. and telephone number. The information is to be preserved for two weeks.
Everyone must use a face mask and it ensured that the distance between unrelated parties is more than 1 metre.
Intermissions during shows are permitted although refreshments (whether alcoholic or others) during events is not permitted, irrespective of whether such refreshments are for sale or not. During intermissions guests are to be advised to stay in their seats. Alternatively, the 50 person maximum number of guests and the 2 metre distance applies.
Every effort must be made to prevent crowd-gathering, whether before, after or during intermission.
Mixing between sections is to be prevented. This includes both before and after the event.

Note! If it is not possible to fulfil the above conditions, the rules on a 50-person maximum shall apply for the event in question.

Performing arts, cinema theatres and other cultural events may have up to 50 persons on stage, i.e. during rehearsals and shows.  Up to 200 seated guests may be accommodated. Such guests must wear face masks. In addition, children born in 2005 or later are not included in this number. Intermissions during shows are permitted although refreshments (whether alcoholic or others) during events is not permitted, irrespective of whether such refreshments are for sale or not.
Restaurants that are allowed alcohol sales, including bars and nightclubs, may stay open to 23:00 on all days but must comply with the 50-person limit rule and the 2-metre proximity limit between unrelated persons. 23:00 on all days but must comply with the 50-person limit rule and the 2-metre proximity limit between unrelated persons. New guests may not be admitted after 22:00, and all guests must have left the location at 23:00. Only seated guests may be served. Buffet meals may be served however, provided that guests disinfect their hands before and after the use of shared utensils. Mask use is mandatory when guests are not in their seats. Take-away meals may be served until 23:00.
Gambling machines and gambling halls may remain open to 23:00 every day but must comply with the 50-person limit and the two-metre social-distancing rule between unrelated persons. Patrons may not enter after 22:00.
Pharmacies, grocery stores and other stores may accept 5 persons for each 10 m2 of space and may have up to 200 customers in their premises, as long as it is possible to ensure at least 2 metres between persons who are unrelated.  In addition, up to 50 members of staff may be in the same area as customers in shops provided that it is possible to maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule between individuals.
At the ceremonies of religious and life stance associations, up to 200 persons may attend, while general restrictions apply to funeral receptions, i.e. 50 persons.
Swimming pools are open and may admit up to 75% of their maximum number of customers according to their operating permit.
Health and physical fitness centres may open their changing rooms, and training in gym equipment halls is permitted provided that there are no more than 50 persons in each area and that they have registered their participation in advance. The permitted maximum number of attendees is 75% of the number stated in the operating permit. All equipment must be disinfected between users and it ensured that members to not travel between areas. Children born in 2005 and later are not included in this number. Here you can find instructions for the operation of health and physical fitness centres.
Ski slopes: Ski slopes are permitted to accept 75% of their maximum acceptance limit for each area. Children born in 2005 and later are not included in this number.

Sporting activities of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ)

The sports activities and competitions involving children and adults, both indoors and outdoors, with or without contact, are permitted. The maximum number of participants in each location is 50. The authorities allow 200 seated audience members during sporting events, providing the above conditions are met. If spectators are standing, the 50-person rule applies.  

The same rules as apply to sports training and competitions apply to e.g. chess, bridge and comparable events.

Infection prevention: Shared equipment must be disinfected at least twice a day, ventilation must be in order and the area must be regularly ventilated with fresh outside air.

As regards sports that do not belong within the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, guidelines shall be established to ensure compliance with the same guidelines as comparable sports disciplines within the Association.

Workplaces, shops, public buildings and services


The 2-metre distance rule must be ensured between persons in the same area, as must the appropriate maximum number.  There should be no contact (mixing)between compartments.


Infection prevention

Surfaces commonly touched by many people, such as door handles and handrails, must be properly cleaned and disinfected as often as possible.
Access to disinfectant at entrances and near surfaces touched by large numbers of people, such as touch keypads, shopping trolleys and cash registers must be ensured.
Remind the general public and employees of personal infection prevention measures with markings and signs.
Face masks must be used in shops and other service outlets.

 

Current restrictions on school activities



- applicable from 24 February until 30 April 2021.

The regulation issued by the Minister of Health on the restriction of school activities due to infection prevention measures is effective to 30 April 2021.

Pre schools and day-care parents
Maximum number of employees in an area: 50
Minimum distance between employees: 1 metre
Use of masks by employees: Where a 1-metre distance limit between employees is not possible
Transfer of employees between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented
Maximum number of children in an area: None
Minimum distance between children: None
Use of face masks by children: None
There are no restrictions on interactions between and the number of nurseryschool children.

Primary schools and after-school activities

Grades 1 to 10
Maximum number of employees in an area: 50
Minimum distance between employees: 1 metre
Use of masks by employees: Where a 1-metre distance limit between employees is not possible
Transfer of employees between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented
Maximum number of children in an area: 150
Minimum distance between children: None
Use of face masks by children: None
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways): Deviations from maximum numbers are permitted
if employees use face masks.
Physical education and school swimming lessons: Allowed
Mixing between groups: Allowed

After-school activities

The same restrictions apply as apply to nursery schools and primary schools.

Upper secondary schools
Maximum number of employees and students per room: 150
Minimum distance between individuals: 1 metre
Use of face masks: Where a 1-metre distance limit is not possible
Transfer of employees and students between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented and disinfection measures are employed between groups.
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways):  Deviations from maximum numbers are permitted
if face masks are used
Physical education: Allowed with the same restrictions as other teaching measures.

Universities
Maximum number of employees and students per room: 150
Minimum distance between individuals: 1 metre
Use of face masks: Where a 1-metre distance limit is not possible
Transfer of employees between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented
Transfer of students between groups: Not permitted
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways):  Deviations from maximum numbers are permitted if face masks are used
Physical education: Allowed with the same restrictions as other teaching measures.

Fines may be imposed for violations of infection prevention me Fines may be imposed for violations of infection prevention measures

Penalties for offenses related to gathering restrictions, distance limit restrictions, quarantine and isolation.

Border measures


Travel to and within Iceland

‍Source: https://www.covid.is/sub-categories/visiting-iceland



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titleSource: WCO/Iceland Customs

17.04.2020

Iceland has introduced various health and safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Most of the measures are aimed at residents of Iceland and have to do with social distancing
and public gatherings. The Icelandic government has published useful information regarding
health and safety measures, public announcements and statistic on COVID-19 in Iceland in
several languages on the website www.covid.is


Iceland Revenue and Customs has adjusted its work environment and modus operandi to
comply with the measures introduced by the government. This includes restructuring the
work stations to comply with mandatory social distancing and partial ban on public
gatherings. Up until 4 May 2020 a maximum of 20 people can gather in any given place,
including workplaces (with some exceptions). No movement between work stations and
designated 20 person compartments is allowed. All business travel has been
cancelled/postponed until further notice.


Operating procedures regarding responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of customs
clearance and enforcement have been issued as well as plans regarding continuity of
operations.


The Icelandic government has not introduced any additional import restriction on imported
goods due to the pandemic. However, Iceland has introduced additional export restrictions
on medical supplies and equipment in collaboration with the European Union and several
European countries. For further information please see EU regulation 2020/402 of 14 March
2020, Iceland’s implementation regulation on the multi-national cooperation on export
restrictions on medical equipment No. 301/2020 and an amendment to the Icelandic law on
medicine, No. 13/2020.


The Icelandic government has introduced several economic measures to support the private
sector. Many of the measures are available in English at the Prime Ministers homepage. The
most useful measures for importers and exporters are the amendments to the current
settlement system for import charges. The new economic measures allow importers to split
the current bimonthly payment into two payments. For example, all import charges for
January and February, can have two due dates, 15 March and 5 April.


Air Traffic has dropped radically due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The passenger air traffic
through the international airport has decreased enormously and has led to less air cargo both
in import and export. Iceland can however rely on scheduled air-cargo flights and special air
cargo flights. We have not recognized changes in the maritime transport. No major changes
have taken place regarding the clearance speed since the outbreak of the pandemic.




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titleRemarks from the International Road Transport Union

Forthcoming