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Here at Reykjavik Private Tours, we’re committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of those enjoying our private tours. On this page, you can find information regarding COVID-19 and what impact it may have on your travel plans when visiting Iceland.

Is it safe to travel to Iceland now?

Yes, today, Iceland is the top travel destination for vaccinated travelers. If you can provide a certificate proving you are either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have previously contracted and recovered from COVID-19, you're exempt from the 5-day quarantine. After being tested at the airport, you must quarantine at your accommodation until you get your results (sent to you via SMS/email) typically within 12 hours. Afterward, you're free to explore this magnificent island. As of June 26, all domestic COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Iceland. With 87% of the population having received its first vaccine dose and many people now fully vaccinated, Iceland is the first country in Europe to return to pre-pandemic conditions. Mask-wearing, gathering restrictions, and social distancing are no longer required in any circumstances. Shops, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, gyms, and swimming pools may now return to their normal operations. And you once again have the opportunity to experience the beauty and unique culture of Iceland freely.

Safe travels to a safe land

On this page, you can find up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 in Iceland and what impact it may have on your travel plans when visiting Iceland. This page was last updated on July 19, 2021, and will be updated weekly. 

Below you can read about the latest COVID-19 numbers in Iceland, the current Icelandic border policy, how to safely travel in Iceland during COVID-19, the vaccination progress in Iceland, and the COVID-friendly policies at Reykjavik Private Tours, among others.

What is the border policy in Iceland right now?

As of today, the Icelandic border is open. Travelers who are fully vaccinated are exempt from the 5-day quarantine. Those travelers who are not fully vaccinated are required to undergo 2 COVID-19 tests, with a 5-day quarantine between.

The Chief Epidemiologist has proposed to stop testing children and any travelers at the border who have been fully vaccinated or have previously contracted and recovered from COVID-19 by July 2021. 

Passengers will also need to provide negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours before entering Iceland. Travelers from abroad who do not come with a negative COVID-19 (PCR test) certificate may be fined up to 100,000 ISK ($811). 

Who can enter Iceland during COVID-19

Icelandic borders will be open to anyone with a valid visa who can provide certificates showing proof of vaccination or COVID-19 antibodies. Travelers must register with Icelandic authorities by filling out a pre-registration form before arrival, indicating their arrival and departure dates. Please note that foreign travelers who are subject to a visa requirement must have a valid visa issued before traveling to Iceland. You can find more information on restrictions on traveling to Iceland on the police forces website

 

Three options upon arriving at the Icelandic border

Option 1:

Present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination

Travelers must present a valid certificate showing full vaccination with an approved COVID-19 vaccine. The administered vaccine must be approved in Europe: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Janssen. The Directorate of Health has the specific requirements of the certificate listed on their website. The certificates can be in electronic or paper form.

Travelers who provide a vaccination certificate will still have to be tested at the airport for COVID-19. These travelers must then go to their accommodation to wait for the test results but do not have to quarantine beyond that.

 

Option 2:

Provide the Icelandic health authorities with a certificate from the EEA/EFTA proving that you have previously contracted COVID-19 with a confirmed antibody test

A certificate showing a positive PCR-test for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 that is older than 14 days or showing the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 measured by ELISA serologic assay is accepted. A rapid diagnostic test will not be accepted. The Directorate of Health has the specific requirements of the certificate listed on their website. 

Option 3:

Take 2 COVID-19 tests with a five day quarantine period between them

Iceland continues to process hundreds of tests per day, the majority of which are from the airport. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will have to take a quick test at the border. After you are tested, you must proceed to your accommodation to quarantine until you receive your second test results. Even if your first test is negative, you cannot leave quarantine until the second test results are negative.

You can check the official COVID-19 information website for more details on the certificate requirements and current border policy. 

Important Information Regarding Certificates

Border control will review the certificate and contact a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (health care worker) as needed. If the certificate is deemed invalid, the traveler will have to take 2 COVID-19 tests with the 5-day quarantine in between and provide a certificate of negative PCR testing. 

Quarantine in Iceland

Travelers must provide an address where they will be spending their quarantine. If unable to demonstrate an adequate quarantine location, local authorities may require the traveler to quarantine at an official Red Cross quarantine center.

The stay in a quarantine facility is free of charge. The Icelandic health authorities can also require travelers to quarantine at a quarantine facility if they breach quarantine rules.

Almost every traveler must take a COVID-19 test upon entry and another after a 5-day quarantine. Any travelers with a preexisting medical condition can choose a 14-day quarantine instead of testing. 

Children born in 2005 or later must go into quarantine with their parents or guardians when they arrive in Iceland.

Many different hotels and guesthouses have made changes to ensure a safe quarantine. If you have already booked accommodations, please reach out to them to make sure they accept quarantined travelers' responsibility. If you are looking for a place to quarantine, you can find the list of businesses here

Is it safe to travel to Iceland right now?

The latest COVID-19 status in Iceland in November 2021

Iceland has been following a strict testing and tracing protocol throughout the pandemic. With a population of fewer than 370,000 people, Iceland is a relatively small country that has worked hard to tackle the spread of COVID-19. As of November 22, 2021, there are 1,648 active infections in Iceland. Health authorities are processing hundreds of tests per day and have asked everyone to download a tracking app to help with contact tracing. With these practices in place, leaders can quickly isolate new cases to lessen the virus’s spread. Face masks must be worn whenever adequate social distancing of 1 meter is unable to be observed. Public gatherings are currently limited to no more than 50 people. With the face mask policy and 1-meter rule in effect, bars and restaurants may remain open until 10:00. Cultural events of up to 500 people are allowed to take place with the use of rapid testing. Public swimming pools and museums can admit guests up to 75% of their capacity. These restrictions are in place until at least December 8, 2021.

What makes Iceland safe during COVID-19?

Every country in the world is dealing with COVID-19 in one way or another. However, there are a few things that make Iceland a safer place to visit than other countries. 

Small population

With only 340,000 people, Iceland is one of the smaller countries in the world. Having a smaller population makes the virus easier to track and allows travelers to travel without interacting with many people. 

 

What happens if my travel plans are interrupted?

If your plans are interrupted because of flight cancellations or any other COVID-19 related reasons, Reykjavik Private Tours will make sure that you can change your booking to any later date of your choice, free of charge. Or, you can request a refund. In short, you can never lose a booking with us.

Am I safe to make a booking with Reykjavik Private Tours?

Yes, absolutely. We are honouring our cancellation policy fully, which you can read more about in our terms and conditions. If you choose to cancel your booking, please use the following email: contact@rpt.is and we will process your request.

But we look forward to seeing you in Iceland!