A tiny piece of good news from Iceland. Border rules will be slightly relaxed for some people from Friday, 1st October.

All travellers with personal connections to Iceland, will no longer need to show negative COVID-19 test results at the border when entering Iceland. However, they will still have to undergo testing upon arrival, whether they are vaccinated or not.

This refers to:

  • Citizens of Iceland.
  • People who live in Iceland.
  • Anyone intending to work or study in Iceland for more than 7 days.
  • People with a permit to work in Iceland, including applicants for such permits.
  • People seeking asylum in Iceland.
  • The families and relatives of those travelling with anyone who belongs to the categories above.


All vaccinated passengers that have no personal connections to Iceland, such as tourists, will still need to provide negative COVID-19 test results that are no older than 72 hours when entering the country. Vaccinated tourists will then be free to move around.

On the other hand, all non-vaccinated passengers will need to spend five days in quarantine and be double tested.

The rules remain unchanged for vaccinated people and those with certificates of the previous infection. Also, children born in or after 2005 and passengers in transit who do not leave the airport are exempt from Iceland’s COVID-19 border controls.

To sum it up...

Vaccinated people with connections to Iceland must undergo testing within 48 hours of arrival, but will not need pre-departure tests before flying to Iceland.

Vaccinated people without personal connections to Iceland will still need pre-departure testing before travelling to Iceland, but will not need to undergo any testing at the airport or during their first two days in Iceland.

All non-vaccinated adult travellers will still require double testing and five days of quarantine.




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