Amended rules at the borders on testing and quarantine on the 1st of April

due to COVID-19

Read about amended rules at the borders on testing and quarantine on the 1st of April due to COVID-19

 

  • Children born in 2005 or later shall be tested at the borders of Iceland as from the coming 1st of April.
  • Passengers who submit a vaccination certificate or a certificate of a prior infection will be required to undergo one test upon arrival to the country.
  • Travellers from certain defined risk zones shall stay in quarantine or isolated in a quarantine facility between the first and the second test.
  • All travellers shall preregister the date of their departure, if known, before arrival to the country.
  • As from the 11th of April a fee will be levied on travellers for staying in a quarantine facility.

The Minister of Health issues a regulation on the aforementioned amendments which have been adopted in accordance with proposals from the Chief Epidemiologist.

Testing and quarantine of children: Children born in 2005 or later shall be tested at the borders. A child who travels with an individual who is subject to stay in quarantine shall stay with that person and can leave the quarantine if the second test of its co-traveller is negative. When the co-traveller is not required to stay in quarantine the same shall apply to the child. A child travelling alone is not required to stay in quarantine.

Testing of individuals carrying a certificate: The requirement of testing individuals carrying a vaccination certificate, or a certificate of prior infection is adopted due to indications that those individuals can pass on infections. They are not required to stay in quarantine but shall wait for the result of the test at their place of stay. The requirement is temporary and will be reviewed on the 1st of May.

Defined risk zones: Those arriving from certain defined risk zones shall stay in quarantine or isolated in a quarantine facility. This applies to travellers from countries where a 14 day case notification rate exceeds 500 per 100.000 inhabitants (dark red zones) or where sufficient information is not available (grey zones), according to information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, see accompanying list of the countries in question. The next update of the list is estimated to take place on the coming 9th of April.

Special precautions

Measures to counter forged certificates: If the slightest suspicion arises about the authenticity of a certificate submitted by an individual, the individual in question shall be required to undergo two tests with a stay in isolation in a quarantine facility between the tests.

In case of short stay: A traveller is required to preregister the date of their departure from Iceland if it is known. It will give rise to special examination if the time of stay is shorter than the required period of quarantine as there is a danger that the individual in question will not follow the quarantine rules.

Fees will be levied for staying in a quarantine facility as from the 11th of April.


Those who stay in a quarantine facility shall, as from the 11th of April, pay a fee. The fee amounts to ISK 10,000 per night per room, including food. The same fee applies irrespective of whether one or more individuals stay in the room travelling together. List of dark red/grey countries/territories.

For further information visit Ministry for Foreign Affairs


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