Iceland has opened up its borders. All travelers who have been vaccinated or those who have had covid-19 and have antibodies can now travel to Iceland.
TRAVELLING TO ICELAND IN 2021
Updated: 20 July 2021
The UK government has reopened for international travel from 17 May, allowing people to go on foreign holidays. Iceland is on the UK Government’s list of ‘green’ countries meaning you do not need to self-isolate on return. All travelers who have been vaccinated or those who have had Covid-19 and have antibodies can now travel to Iceland. Children (born after 2005) traveling with a parent who has been vaccinated will also no longer be required to test upon arrival.
Below follow the rules set by both the UK and Icelandic governments that you'll need to adhere.
Before departing the UK
- Pre-register electronically no more than 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Iceland.
- You need to pre-order your return to England Covid-19 test so that you can take this whilst in Iceland as it needs to be done within the 3 days before you return to England. Qured is one example test provider, their tests cost £39.
- And you will also need to pre-order your PCR test to take on Day 2 of your return to England.
- If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 you will need to demonstrate this status on arrival in Iceland.
- 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.
- We would also advise that in addition to one of the above you also take with you your NHS vaccination cards.
Upon arrival in Iceland
I am fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (+ 14 days since fully vaccinated)
Starting 26th of July, if you are fully vaccinated you must also carry a negative PCR test or antigen (rapid test) that is not more than 72 hours old before departure to Iceland.
You must be fully vaccinated and have a valid vaccination certificate. In Iceland, the vaccination certificate you receive when you have been vaccinated at your health center is accepted. The earliest possible departure is 14 days after the second dose. 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. If it is less than 14 days, you also need to be tested at Keflavik, go to the hotel and wait for results.
I have had Covid-19
Starting 26th of July, you must also carry a negative PCR test or antigen (rapid test) that is not more than 72 hours old before departure to Iceland. You also need to have a valid certificate that you have had Covid-19 and have antibodies, with a valid certificate you can travel to Iceland. The certificate must show that you have had Covid-19 and have recovered and that it has been issued from a country within the EEA. 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
On arrival in Iceland you must show a negative PCR test done within 72 hours before departure, and undergo double tests with a five-day quarantine in between. If all these test results are negative, you can continue your trip in Iceland. As these restrictions are so strict, we recommend that you wait to travel until you are fully vaccinated. All tests in Iceland are free.
The regulations will be reviewed, and revised if necessary, on August 15.
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:
- take a pre-departure Covid-19 test whilst you are still in Iceland. It needs to be done within the 3 days before you return to England. Qured is one example test provider, their tests cost £39.
- take a PCR test on day two of your arrival back to England.
- 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.
Iceland has lifted all its domestic Covid restrictions
On the 26th of June Iceland lifted all its domestic Covid restrictions in accordance with recommendations made by Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason. Now, travellers and locals can enjoy Iceland without mandatory use of masks, social distancing rules and limits on the number of people allowed to gather. All services, such as activities, swimming pools and restaurants operate now without restrictions.
Iceland currently has very low spread of infections, and is now marked as a so-called green zone by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Recently, few new cases have been registered and vaccination has begun. Restrictions are eased and life is now beginning to return to a more normal state.
Iceland is a country that has been mentioned as a role model in the international press for its handling of reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
ABOUT OUR ICELAND HOLIDAYS FOR 2021
- As we currently have free cancellation and 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 2021.