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Travelling to Iceland from the UK

Iceland is open. All travelers who have been vaccinated or those who have had Covid-19 and have antibodies can now travel to Iceland. 

Traveling to Iceland from the UK

Updated: 14 January 2022

Foreign travel advice from the UK government. 

Iceland is on the UK Government’s list of ‘green’ countries meaning you do not need to self-isolate on return. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, non-essential travel by British citizens from the UK to Iceland is only permitted if you:

  • you have either been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or previously recovered from COVID-19 infection.
  • are resident in Iceland.

Below follow the rules set by both the UK and Icelandic governments that you'll need to adhere.

 

Before departing the UK

  1. Pre-register electronically no more than 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Iceland.
  2. You must also carry a negative PCR test or antigen (rapid test) that is not more than 72 hours old before boarding the flight to Iceland.
  3. If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 you will need to demonstrate this status on arrival in Iceland. You are considered fully vaccinated from the 15th day after your second vaccination.
  4. You will need to pre-order your PCR test to take on Day 2 of your return to England.

There are two ways demonstrate your vaccination status:

  • If you have a smart phone or tablet download the NHS patient APP from the App Store or Google Play. It is important to download this as soon as you book your holiday as it can take a while to register. Once the app is registered check that your vaccination status is fully up to date.
  • If you do not have access to a smartphone you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. The letter will take up to 7 working days to reach you. The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. For more information.

 

Entry requirements to Iceland

 

I AM FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 

  • Adults and children born 2004 or earlier must be fully vaccinated. You must have a valid vaccination certificate. Iceland accept the UK’s NHS COVID Pass as a proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.  The earliest possible departure is 14 days after the second dose.
  • You must also carry a negative PCR test or antigen (rapid test) that is not older than 72 hours before departure to Iceland.
  • If you are traveling with children (born in 2005 or later), they do not need to be vaccinated, and in addition, children do not need to take a PCR test on arrival, if they travel with a parent who has been vaccinated.

 

I HAVE HAD COVID-19 

  • You need to have a valid certificate that you have had Covid-19 and have antibodies. Iceland accept the UK’s NHS COVID Pass as a proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.
  • You also need to carry a negative PCR test or antigen (rapid test) that is not older than 72 hours before departure to Iceland. 
  • Exemptions from presenting a negative COVID-19 test and testing upon arrival: Travellers who present a positive PCR-test that is more than 14 days old but less than 180.
  • If you are traveling with children (born in 2005 or later), they do not need to be vaccinated. Children do not need to take a PCR test on arrival if they travel with a parent who has been vaccinated or has a valid certificate that they have had Covid-19 .

 

I HAVE NOT BEEN FULLY VACCINATED OR HAD COVID-19 

  • You are not allowed to travel to Iceland.

 

RETURNING TO THE UK

As Iceland is on the “green” list for travel, you can return from Iceland without needing to quarantine, but you will need to do the following:

  1. all people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test (antigen) within the 2 days before you travel back to England. To take the test in Iceland, you can register for the test here.
  2. complete a passenger locator form 48 hours before you arrive in the UK, which you need to show at the check-in at the airport.
  3. take a PCR test on or before day 2 of your arrival back to England.

For full details visit https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.

Geysir landscape in Iceland.

ICELAND IS OPEN & CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

Updated: 14 January 2022

Like the rest of the world, the spread of infection has increased in Iceland. The vast majority of those infected have mild symptoms and only a few people are hospitalized. The vaccination rate in Iceland is very high and so far over 90% of the population is fully vaccinated (12 years and older). The restrictions in Iceland change continuously according to the prevailing infection situation. For current and updated information, please read covid.is, which is the Icelandic state's information page regarding rules of entry, vaccination requirements  and restrictions.

Iceland is a country that is well prepared to handle crises, and has been set as example in the international press for its handling of reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

Aerial view of Geysir in Iceland.

ABOUT OUR ICELAND HOLIDAYS FOR 2022

  • As we currently have free rebooking on all trips, it is also completely safe to book your trip today.
  • Direct flights from Belfast (BHD), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN). Connecting flights from other airports in the UK are also available.
  • Iceland is still an exclusive destination but gratifying for this year, we see price levels for accommodation and activities that are significantly lower than it has been in recent years. With fantastic landscapes, open spaces and a unique range of attractions and activities, Iceland is the perfect destination for your next trip in 2022.

FREQUENT QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Here are our answers to some of the most frequent questions we get that may be helpful to know when planning your vacation to Iceland 2021.

If you’re aged 16 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad but you should follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Iceland accept the UK’s NHS COVID Pass as a proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Read more here.

For our package trips to Iceland, free rebooking or cancellation is valid until 30 days prior to departure. You can choose to rebook the package trip free of charge. These conditions apply until further notice and apply to all our package trips to Iceland. These conditions apply to new bookings from December 29, 2021, and onwards.

Cancellation terms - Package trips

  • More than 30 days before departure: free rebooking or free cancellation*.
  • 30-16 days before departure: free rebooking* or cancellation fee 50% of the trip price.
  • 15-8 days before departure: cancellation fee 50% of the trip price.
  • 7-0 days before departure: no refund.

*In cases where the package holiday includes SAS airline tickets there is also full cost for these.

 

Conditions for cancellation of package trip if the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) should advise against travels to Iceland:

We always rely on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office´s (FCO) travel recommendations and follow the Package Travel Act. As long as there is no advice against travels to Iceland, all package holidays are operating as planned and our flexible rebooking and cancellation conditions apply. 

  • In case of cancellation as a result of advice against travels to Iceland from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), free rebooking to another travel date applies. There is also a possibility to use the amount paid for a future holiday or receive a refund.
  • We follow the Package Travel Act and rely on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office´s (FCO) travel recommendations, which we apply for bookings with less than 15 days prior to departure.

In case of cancellation as a result of advice against travels to Iceland from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), free rebooking to another travel date applies. There is also a possibility to use the amount paid for a future holiday or receive a refund.

This is provided that you booked before the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) came and that your departure date is or was planned during the time the FCO advises against travel.

OUR ICELAND HOLIDAYS FOR 2021-2022

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