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06/09/2020 | 4:00 PM

Iceland to ease restrictions on international arrivals by mid-June

Last updated July 3, 2020

On June 15, Iceland eased its travel entry requirements, and travelers have been welcomed from Europe (the EU/EFTA and UK) with the option of a COVID test at the airport, or 14-day quarantine. 

Note that Iceland continues to implement travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area, which have been extended until July 1. This means that passport-holders from North America are not yet permitted to visit Iceland (unless they have residency in Iceland or one of the Schengen member states, or can demonstrate that their travel is essential). 

Read more about the reopening of Iceland to visitors.

Rules for arrivals from June 15

Passengers arriving in Iceland from June 15 can choose one of the following options:

  • be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. On July 3, Icelandic authorities decided that Icelandic nationals and people with permanent residence in Iceland, would have to take a second test 4 - 5 days after arrival in the country and stay in quarantine from arrival until the results of the second test are in. These rules will come into effect no later than July 13.
  • go into 14-day quarantine.

A single test at pre-registration costs 9,000 ISK, but 11,000 ISK if paid on arrival although no more than 22,000 ISK every 30 days for each individual. Children born 2005 or later will be exempt from the test.

Note: there is not an option to bring a test result from your home country to be exempt from testing upon arrival in Iceland.

Travellers to Iceland are required to fill out a pre-registration form before their arrival in the country.

Detailed, up-to-date information regarding the testing policy can be found online at the official COVID-19 site published by the Icelandic authorities. Also a useful source of information is the FAQ page of the official COVID-19 page.

We at Icelandair can't wait to welcome you back when you're ready.

Iceland’s fight against COVID-19

There have been few new COVID-19 infections confirmed in Iceland in May (check updates on the official covid.is website). On May 8, gathering restrictions were eased in Iceland, and businesses have begun to reopen. 

Learn more about how Iceland has confronted the pandemic, and read our collection of media stories from around the globe reporting on the Icelandic approach.