Entry requirements to Iceland to visit in 2021
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Iceland has reopened its doors to tourism and allows visitors from all countries to enter from April 2021, but of course with some requirements. Below we have explained all of Iceland’s entry regulations and rules, which differ from most other countries that have reopened as well, especially other EU countries.
At the end of April, Iceland updated its entry rules, making them more complex to understand than ever. To easily summarize the changes: They have made entry for vaccinated travelers easier, but all travelers will still be tested upon arrival.
Iceland is open to tourists from all countries … sort of
Iceland allows visitors to all the countries of the world, provided that they meet one of the following two requirements:
- They were fully vaccinated and can show proof, or
- they have already recovered from the virus and can show evidence of a positive PCR test, older than 14 days
If a tourist wants to come from a country outside the EU, say Canada for example, and has not been previously vaccinated or recovered from the virus, he is not eligible to enter Iceland at this time. .
Unvaccinated and previously uninfected EU tourists strength be able to enter.
Iceland initially reopened tourism to other EU countries in June 2020 and has remained open to EU travelers ever since. Now, as of April 27, 2021, EU / EFTA nationals can still surrender, as long as they are not currently considered a “ high risk ” country.
Iceland says any country with a 14-day infection rate greater than 500 people per 100,000 population is “at high risk.” Some countries that currently fit this profile at the time of this publication include: Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, France, Poland, and Sweden, among others. The high risk list will be updated weekly.
Foreign nationals who come from a high-risk country, or who have passed through one in the last 14 days, are currently banned from visiting Iceland for tourism. Some essential travelers from high-risk areas may be allowed entry, but will need to be quarantined at a facility for 14 days.
Iceland PCR Testing Rules
PCR testing is mandatory for everyone, now even for passengers vaccinated with the latest entry requirements update, but the rules are slightly different depending on whether you are vaccinated or not.
2 PCR tests required from:
Tourists from low risk EU / EFTA countries or from the current Safe Third Party List (Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand) who have not been vaccinated or have not been previously infected with the virus.
These passengers will be subject to the “ double test procedure ” which includes:
- 1 Pre-flight PCR test: presentation of proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours before boarding in Iceland
- 1 PCR test on arrival: passengers will be tested again on arrival in Iceland
- Stay in quarantine for 5-6 days upon arrival
1 PCR test required from:
Tourists from any country who have been fully vaccinated or who have already recovered from the virus.
These passengers will only undergo one PCR test, which includes:
- 1 PCR test on arrival: passengers will be tested on arrival in Iceland
- A quarantine of 2 to 24 hours awaits the results of the tests
These passengers do not have to undergo the pre-flight PCR test
Iceland quarantine rules
Each passenger will experience a sort of ‘quarantine’ upon entering Iceland, but some will only have to self-isolate for 2 hours, while others for up to 14 days.
Quarantine from 2 to 24 hours
There is a quarantine of 2 to 24 hours for fully vaccinated or already infected passengers while awaiting the results of the PCR test carried out on their arrival.
5 to 6 days of quarantine
There is a 5-6 day quarantine for EU / EFTA or approved third countries, even if the PCR test results on arrival are negative.
14 day quarantine
There is a full 14-day quarantine at a government facility for essential travelers from high-risk countries, even if their pre-flight PCR and PCR on arrival are negative.
The Icelandic government has been very clear on what quarantined passengers can and cannot do under isolation orders.
You are allowed to:
- take a short walk near your quarantine location
- 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
You are not allowed to:
- going to tourist places or sightseeing
- go to the site of the volcanic eruption
- be in crowded places
- use the bus, domestic flights or public transport
- to go for a tour
- shopping or dining
- stay in a mobile home
- stay in a hostel
Are things open in Iceland?
Yes. Many services and attractions have reopened in Iceland to accommodate incoming tourists.
As of April 2021, here’s what’s open:
- Restaurants and bars for up to 20 people, closing at 10 p.m.
- Cinemas and cultural events / shows with a maximum of 100 spectators
- Swimming pools, gymnasiums and spas with capacity limits of 50%
- Public transport and domestic flights
- Non-essential stores with capacity limits
- Meeting limit of 20 people
- Blue Lagoon is open during restricted hours
What happened to the vaccinated tourists who were allowed to enter without testing / quarantines?
On March 18, 2021, Iceland reopened to vaccinated tourists from all nations without doing a PCR test on arrival, nor quarantine from 2 to 24 hours. However, an increase in cases prompted them to change the requirements and add barriers for vaccinated tourists.
Depending on the epidemiological situation in June, Iceland may be able to lift the PCR test on arrival and return to allowing vaccinated tourists to enter more easily.
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