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.
From August 19, all passengers arriving in Iceland must choose a 14-day quarantine OR 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.
From Europe: Restrictions were lifted on June 15 to visitors holding passports (or valid residency) from EU/EFTA countries and UK.
From Canada: Travel restrictions were lifted from July 15 for holders of Canadian passports.
From USA: Iceland continues to implement the travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area. Travel restrictions remain in place until further notice for holders of US passports.
Here's what you need to know about visiting Iceland.
From Europe: Restrictions were lifted on June 15 to visitors from within the Schengen area and the UK.
From USA: The EU has delayed the opening of external Schengen borders until further notice, therefore we are currently unable to welcome US passport-holders.
From Canada: Restrictions were lifted from July 15.
From other countries: Restrictions have been lifted for residents of 10 non-EEA and Schengen countries.
The countries are:
From August 19, all passengers arriving in Iceland must choose a 14-day quarantine OR 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.
All travelers to Iceland are required to fill out a pre-registration form before their arrival in the country.
Detailed, up-to-date information on the entry requirements can be found at the official COVID-19 site published by the Icelandic authorities.
If you pay for your airport test in advance while completing your pre-registration, it costs 9,000 ISK, but 11,000 ISK if paid on arrival. There is no charge for the second 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.
Children born 2005 or later are exempt from the screening and quarantine requirements.
Transit passengers who do not leave the terminal facilities are not required to undergo screening or quarantine.
People who have been certified by the Icelandic health authorities, following a PCR test, as having previously been infected with COVID-19 and have completed a period of isolation, or if they have been shown by antibody measurements to have recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from the screening and quarantine requirements.
Detailed rules for quarantine are outlined in a document from the Icelandic Directorate of Health. See the question below for more information.
If you're affected by this new requirement and wish to change your booking, please visit the Change booking section of our website. If you wish to cancel your booking and apply for travel credit, you can do so online.
See the question above for the requirements for arrivals to Iceland regarding COVID testing and quarantine.
The detailed rules for quarantine are outlined in a document from the Icelandic Directorate of Health.
A list of accommodations that welcome guests in quarantine is available from the website of the Icelandic Tourist Board.
Key points for travelers to Iceland:
For information on official procedures if a test returns a positive result, see the covid.is website published by the Icelandic authorities.
At Icelandair, we want to provide extra peace of mind for passengers who might test positive for COVID-19 in Iceland.
We will rebook a passenger for their return home, free of charge, after they have served the mandatory self-isolation period. This applies if a positive result is returned for the COVID-19 test administered upon arrival at Keflavík airport, or the second test 4-6 days after arrival (where applicable).
Terms and conditions:
Checklist: We've put together a ready to fly checklist for passengers.
Documents: The Icelandic government has published a helpful list of the documents you need to be allowed entry into Iceland.
Pre-register: If you're visiting Iceland, it is important to fill in a pre-registration form before you arrive. Here you need to enter your personal details, contact information and travel plans. Please note, that this form cannot be submitted earlier than 72 hours before your arrival in Iceland.
Download app: Visitors are strongly encouraged to download and use the free, official COVID-19 tracing app Rakning C-19. The app contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the healthcare service in Iceland.
From Europe: Restrictions eased on June 15 to visitors from within the Schengen area and the UK.
From Canada: Borders reopened on July 15 to visitors from Canada.
From USA: The EU has delayed the opening of external Schengen borders until further notice, except to residents of specified countries. Therefore we are currently unable to welcome US passport-holders.
Please see the schedule for details of our planned upcoming flights.
In an attempt to control the outbreak and minimize the strain on the healthcare system, Iceland has implemented various testing and tracing measures, together with social gathering bans and social distancing measures.
The Icelandic approach in spring was hailed as a success. Due to the low number of new COVID-19 infections between May and July, gathering restrictions were eased, and most businesses reopened.
However, an increase in new COVID cases has seen measures reintroduced:
We understand the need for reassurance, so we encourage you to read more about the current situation in Iceland. View the statistics for COVID-19 in Iceland in English at covid.is.
covid.is - all information, developments, and advice about Iceland and COVID-19 can be found at the official website maintained by Iceland's Directorate of Health and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.
Government.is - the Icelandic government posts news related to border restrictions and entry regulations.
Icelandair.com - up-to-date information on our flight schedule, safety measures, and more.
Keflavik airport - measures related to COVID-19 at Iceland's main airport.
An increase in new COVID cases has seen measures reintroduced and rules tightened:
Face masks are required on board aircraft. In public spaces in Iceland, masks must be worn where the social distancing rules cannot be respected, such as on domestic flights and ferries, on public transport such as buses, and in hair salons, massage parlors and other personal service establishments.
Please see the answer above for information on new measures and closures, effective October 5.
Tourist websites outline what is open (restaurants, museums, attractions), and the kinds of information you need to know. Facebook pages for local businesses are also very useful.
The opening hours of restaurants and shops have been limited due to the reduction in the number of flights.
In the main shopping area, the Duty Free Store and Mathús (House of Food, self-service restaurant) are always open when flights are on schedule.
More information is available on the Keflavík airport website.
Bus transfers connecting Keflavík airport and Reykjavík are operating on a reduced schedule. See the website of Flybus for details.
Passengers arriving in Iceland who have to quarantine are allowed to use the Flybus.
As countries open up again, travel restrictions are fast-changing. We recommend that travelers look into the up-to-date rules that apply to their trip, such as the need to quarantine after returning home.
See our information on COVID-19 entry requirements for the destinations we fly to.