This page is updated regularly based on the latest government news (22nd December 2021).
Please keep in mind - these changes only apply for traveling to Iceland. When traveling back to your country, consult with your local authorities on the current safety measures.
Your safety and health during travel continue to be top priorities for us at Adventures.com. The latest news about Covid-19 in Iceland will keep you informed and up-to-date. Below find important travel details, answers to all your health questions, and how to stay safe during your travels.
Iceland's government decided to accept valid vaccination certificates or certificates confirming antibodies for passengers entering the country from countries outside Schengen.
Thus, those who are vaccinated against the coronary virus in, for example, the United Kingdom and the United States may enter the country.
Icelandic borders are OPEN, but there are new measures due to COVID-19:
- Starting November 27, 2021, you will have to present a negative COVID-19 rapid test at the border when entering Iceland if you don't have any close ties with Iceland (regardless of your vaccination status);
- Vaccinated travelers who are residents of Iceland or are closely related are not required to present a negative COVID-9 test when entering Iceland at the border. (You must take the test within 48 hours in Iceland);
- If you were born after 2005, you are not required to take the test;
- You must register with Icelandic authorities by filling out an electronic form before arrival in the country.
From November 27, 2021, Iceland has stricter entry requirements due to the COVID-19 Omicron Variant. Svands Svavarsdóttir, Iceland's Minister of Health, has confirmed this decision.
For travelers who spent more than 24 hours in the territories that are considered to be highly affected by the virus:
- You are obliged to undergo COVID-19 testing requirements upon your arrival in Iceland, regardless of your vaccination status;
- You are obliged to follow a five-day mandatory quarantine rule and then take another PCR test;
- You are obliged to fill in an electronic pre-registration form stating where you intend to stay self-isolated in Iceland. (You must fill out an electronic form before arrival in the country).
According to a statement provided by the Ministry of Health, countries that are considered to be highly affected by the virus are Botswana, Lesotho, Esvatn, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa.
Starting December 21, 2021, new pandemic restrictions go into effect:
- The maximum number of people who can attend a social gathering has been limited to 20.
- The two-meter rule of social distance has been reinstated.
- The number of persons who can attend social gatherings will be limited to 200.
Before boarding a plane to Iceland: Before flying to Iceland, you are required to have a negative PCR test 72 hours or earlier before departure.
When arriving to Iceland: Upon arrival to the country, you are required to get tested in the airport, quarantine for 5-6 days and then get tested the second time.
Accommodation for quarantine: After the first test in the airport, you are required to go straight to the accommodation you will be quarantined at. For those that can not isolate at home, travelers can stay at a quarantine hotels that meet the safety requirements.
In quarantine you may:
- Go for a short walk close by your place of quarantine;
- Use the Flybus from the airport;
- Drive a private car from the airport;
- Take a taxi from the airport;
- Go to the doctor, but call first.
In quarantine you may NOT:
- Go to touristic places or go sightseeing;
- Go to the volcanic eruption site;
- Be in crowded places;
- Use the bus, domestic flights or public transportation;
- Go for a drive;
- Go shopping or to a restaurant;
- Stay in a mobile home;
- Stay in a hostel.
Before you cancel your trip in these difficult times, take a second to consider your alternatives.
If you come from areas with no or limited travel restrictions to Iceland, we will do everything in our power to make your adventure as safe as possible.
Some of you, however, find it uncomfortable to travel or cannot do so because of travel restrictions. Please consider not cancelling your trip altogether and postpone instead. You will have a dream vacation to look forward to and will contribute to helping Iceland’s tourism industry stay afloat.
If you decide to postpone, we offer a free option to reschedule your day tour for any date you find suitable by logging into My Adventures. If you encounter issues, reach out to our Customer Care team.
Stay safe, hopefully, we’ll see you soon!
If you’re looking for more in-depth information, updates regarding a specific topic or medical assistance, here is what you can turn to:
Official government sites:
Coronavirus (or Covid-19) is a novel virus from a broad group of coronaviruses which can infect humans and cause coronavirus infection. While most cases are asymptomatic, typical signs of infection are cough, sore throat and fever.
To this day there is no direct treatment for coronavirus although there are many on-going clinical trials for potential drugs. So far symptomatic and supportive treatments are the cornerstone of management. Fortunately, most patients get well on their own and mortality rate is up to 1,3% (which was considerably higher for MERS and SARS).
According to the latest data, coronavirus stays on clothes for about 2 days.
For now, it’s not clear whether you can get infected with Covid-19 more than once. Investigations are ongoing.
Yes, according to WHO and CDC hand washing with hand sanitizer for 30 seconds is one of the main methods of coronavirus transmission prevention.
This depends on your airline policy. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, some airlines introduced flexible booking policies, allowing travelers to change their flights. If your airline hasn’t relaxed its ticket-change policy, we recommend paying more for a fully refundable ticket.
If you’re planning to visit Iceland, we have good news for you. Icelandair, the flag carrier airline of Iceland, recently announced that you’ll be able to book another flight, receive a credit, or get a full refund in case your flight is cancelled.
Whether you can travel or not depends on your destination. As the summer season approaches, most European countries plan to reopen for tourism by mid-June. Iceland will open its borders no later than June 15. Canada remains closed for foreign tourists, meaning only domestic travel is available at the moment.
During the coronavirus pandemic, health and safety are the primary focus. If you feel symptoms of cough, sore throat, and fever you should immediately contact your local health care facility and refrain from traveling abroad.
You should also carefully consider traveling abroad if you have chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung diseases.
Also, make sure you’re not traveling against your government’s guidelines.
If you feel secure health wise and your destination is not classified as a high-risk area, you can go enjoy your holiday.
According to WHO, following good hand hygiene and cough etiquette can protect you from the virus. These are the safety tips on how to stay healthy while traveling:
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