New border measures will come into force on February 19 which requires all arriving passengers in Iceland to present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland. This is in addition to the current system of double screening, that also requires all arriving passengers to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test. Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection.
All arriving passengers who have stayed in a risk area for more than 24 hours are obligated to undergo two tests for the detection of COVID-19 after arrival in Iceland with a quarantine between tests. Children born 2005 or later who travel with parents/guardians go into quarantine with them. The first test is at the border and the second one 5 days later. Children born 2005 or later who travel alone are obligated to undergo a test after 5 days in quarantine upon arrival. The same applies to children who travel with parents/guardian who have certificates for exemption. The quarantine is lifted when a negative result (virus not detected) is obtained from the second testing.
Connecting passengers who do not go beyond the respective border-crossing point neither have to quarantine nor undergo testing. Connecting passengers who go beyond the border-crossing but stay in Iceland for less than 48 hours are allowed to quarantine instead of undergoing a test according to this provision.
Those who have confirmed with PCR-testing or antibody testing from an EU/EFTA state that they have previously had a COVID-19 infection are exempt from quarantine. All those who present a valid international vaccination certificate for full vaccination with an approved vaccine against COVID-19 are exempt.