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Visiting Iceland

Last updated: February 24, 2021

Travel is our passion – and that’s why we continue to do it. Through travel we connect people and places, and connections are more important now than ever.

We at Icelandair can't wait to welcome you back when you're ready. Before you book your ticket to Iceland, here's a snapshot of current travel restrictions and entry requirements. 

We offer a friendly reminder to travelers that it is their responsibility to ensure they have the relevant documents and meet the entry requirements for their destination.

Entry requirements: COVID-19 tests and quarantine

From February 19, it is mandatory for passengers to show a certificate of negative PCR test before boarding an aircraft to Iceland, and also upon arrival in Iceland. The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure. Exemptions are listed below.

Note: the negative PCR test requirement is in addition to the requirement for arriving passengers to undergo double screening and quarantine.

It is mandatory for passengers arriving in Iceland to undergo a double COVID-testing procedure along with quarantine for 5-6 days. The first COVID test is at the border on arrival and the second by the primary healthcare service 5-6 days later. In between the 2 tests, arrivals must go into quarantine. More details are below. 


The following are exempt from requirements for both the negative PCR test certificate before boarding and the double screening and quarantine upon arrival in Iceland:

  • children born 2005 or later are exempt from the double screening but are required to go into quarantine along with their parents or guardians after entering Iceland 
  • transit passengers
  • travelers with a certificate of previous COVID-19 infection that meets the government criteria
  • travelers with a certificate of vaccination that meets the government criteria
  • travelers who for valid medical reasons cannot undergo testing

More details are given in response to the questions below.

Travel restrictions

From Europe: There are no entry restrictions for visitors holding passports (or valid residency) from EU/EFTA countries. 

From the UK: From January 1, 2021, there are changes to entry requirements for British citizens entering Iceland. For further information, please see the official websites of the Icelandic Police and the Directorate of Immigration

From USA and Canada: External Schengen borders are closed to USA and Canada, therefore we are currently unable to welcome US or Canadian passport-holders. Note that some exceptions apply for close family ties and for essential travel - read more at the official site: Regarding travel restrictions to Iceland as a result of COVID-19.

Here's what you need to know about visiting Iceland.