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Travelling to Iceland

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

Updated: 7 oktober 2021

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.

Vaccinated passengers (and those with a prior infection) born in 2004 or earlier, must present a negative PCR or antigen test (not older than 72 hours before departure). You must also show proof of vaccination prior to boarding on your way to Iceland, and you will need to present it at the border. If you have a certificate that meets the criteria you will be able to enter without any problems. Minors under the age of 18 are always allowed entry when travelling with a guardian who is allowed entry. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements.

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. 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: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

4. You will need to pre-order your PCR test to take on Day 2 of your return to England.

Upon arrival in Iceland

I am fully vaccinated against Covid-19
Adults and children born 2004 or earlier must be fully vaccinated (+14 days after). You must also carry a negative PCR test or antigen (rapid test) that is not older than 72 hours before departure to Iceland. 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. 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
Starting 26th of July, you must also carry a negative PCR test or antigen (rapid test) that is not older than 72 hours before departure to Iceland. You also 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. 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. 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.
  2. take a PCR test on day two of your arrival back to England.

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

Geysir landscape in Iceland.

Iceland has lifted all its domestic Covid restrictions

On the 18th of September 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 Department
of Health & Social Care
. 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. 
 

Aerial view of Geysir in Iceland.

ABOUT OUR ICELAND HOLIDAYS FOR 2021 - 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 2021 - 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 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 September 14, 2021, and onwards.

Cancellation terms - Package trips

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

*In cases where the package includes airline tickets or hotel non-ref rooms then 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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