Covid-19 Travel Information

Last updated: 17 December 2021


We understand the rules around travel can be confusing. To help, we’ve gathered together useful information on traveling to Iceland during the pandemic on this page.

We’ve also put in place our Book with Confidence promise. This means that if your plans are disrupted due to Covid-19, you can change your dates or get a refund.

Start by reading the checklist below to find out what you need to do to get ready for your trip to Iceland.


In this guide


PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP TO ICELAND

Before and during your travels, we want to help you be prepared for everything. Here are our top tips on preparing for your trip to Iceland:

  1. Check the testing requirements. You may need to take a test before leaving your home country.
  2. Check the vaccine certificate requirements. You may need to apply for a copy of your vaccine certificate before leaving your home country if you do not already have one.
  3. Pre-register for travel with the Icelandic government before you depart your home country. This can take a little while, so it’s best not to leave it until you’re at the airport.
  4. Check current restrictions in Iceland. They change from time to time and may affect opening hours and availability at attractions, bars, and restaurants.
  5. Bring reusable face masks and hand sanitizer. Even though masks may not be required in Iceland at the time of your visit, you’ll need them for your flight and local rules could change during your stay.
  6. Monitor your health. It’s important that you get in touch with us if you’re feeling unwell. With our Book with Confidence promise, rest assured you’ll get a refund on your package if Covid-19 impacts your travels. 
  7. Check with your airline for specific flight requirements before departure.
  8. Purchase travel insurance and check your coverage carefully to see if you’re covered for claims related to Covid-19, including medical costs and repatriation.

You can easily check which restrictions apply to you based on your nationality and vaccine status using the Icelandic government’s “Are you traveling to Iceland?” tool.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To help you travel with confidence, we’ve answered commonly asked questions here. If you’d like more information on our booking policy, see our Book with Confidence promise below.


Pre-departure

1. What are the entry requirements for Iceland?

If you’re fully vaccinated

If you have an international certificate of full vaccination, you are allowed to travel to Iceland. Your vaccination certificate is only recognized as valid once 14 days have passed since your second dose (or full Janssen dose).

Find out which vaccines are recognized in Iceland.

You must present a negative PCR or rapid antigen (lateral flow) test upon your arrival in Iceland. This test must have been taken less than 72 hours prior to your departure for Iceland.

You do not need to quarantine upon arrival unless you’ve recently been in a high-risk country. See the current list of high-risk countries.

If you’re not vaccinated, but have had Covid-19

If you aren’t vaccinated but can present a certificate of previous Covid-19 infection, you’ll follow a similar process to vaccinated travelers. 

Instead of presenting a negative Covid-19 test at the border, you must present a positive PCR test taken more than 14 days ago (self-isolation completed), but no older than 180 days.

You do not need to quarantine upon arrival unless you’ve recently been in a high-risk country. See the current list of high-risk countries.

If you’re not vaccinated, and have not had Covid-19

If you aren’t vaccinated and can’t prove you’ve had Covid-19 in the last 6 months, restrictions will apply to you.  

You must present a negative PCR test result upon your arrival in Iceland, taken no more than 72 hours prior to your departure to Iceland. Rapid antigen (lateral flow) tests are not valid.

You’ll also have to take a test upon your arrival and be required to quarantine for 5 days. 

After this period, you’ll need to take a second test. If it’s negative, you are then free to leave quarantine.

2. Which vaccines are recognized in Iceland? 

Before boarding and upon arrival in Iceland, you’ll need to show a valid vaccination certificate with one of the following vaccines with marketing authorization in Europe:

ManufacturerName
Pfizer/BioNTechComirnaty
AstraZenecaVaxzevria
Serum Institute of IndiaCovishield
Janssen-Cilag (Johnson & Johnson)COVID-19 Vaccine
Moderna BiotechSpikevax
Beijing Institute of Biological ProductsSARS-CoV-2 Vaccine, BIBP/Sinopharm
Sinovac Life SciencesCoronaVac
Bharat BiotechCovaxin

Your vaccination certificate is only recognized as valid once 14 days have passed since your second dose (or full Janssen dose).

Certificates can be hard copies or electronic. Iceland’s border guards will assess whether a certificate is valid and will contact a representative of the Icelandic Chief Epidemiologist as necessary to issue the final decision regarding the validity of the certificate.

The document should include medical information such as the vaccine type, the date of the shot or shots, and where the vaccination happened. Find out what information your vaccination certificate should include on Covid.is.

Examples of recognized vaccine certificates include:

  • CDC card (United States)
  • EU Digital Covid Certificate (European Union)
  • NHS Covid Pass (England)
  • NHS Covid Status app (Scotland)

3. What happens if my flight gets canceled?

Contact us as soon as possible and our travel team will support you and make any rearrangements of your tour details. See our Book with Confidence promise to find out what your options are.

Please note that we are not responsible for any refunds or airfare fees associated with your canceled flight.

4. If I need to cancel my trip due to Covid-19, will I get a refund?

You have several options in the event that Covid-19 affects your travel plans, including a refund. Read more about your options in our Book with Confidence promise.

Don’t hesitate to contact your Iceland Tours travel consultant if you feel unwell in the lead-up to your trip. They will do everything they can to support you during this time.

5. Is it safe to visit Iceland?

Iceland is a developed country with a very high standard of healthcare. Covid-19 vaccination rates are amongst the highest in the world.

By nature, Icelanders like their personal space, which makes social distancing easier. They also like to keep things very clean, as you’ll notice if you ever go to the pool! That same standard of hygiene is maintained across Icelandic society.

That said, you should follow regulations and only take risks you’re comfortable with.

When you arrive

For information on testing and vaccine passport requirements, see “What are the entry requirements for Iceland?” above.

1. What happens if I test positive upon arrival in Iceland?

If you test positive on arrival you will be required to enter quarantine at a participating hotel unless further tests determine the infection is inactive.

If for any reason you are detained at the airport, for example, if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19, contact us on our 24/7 support line. Our travel team will support you and make any last-minute rearrangements of your tour details if necessary.

2. Will children who aren’t vaccinated need to quarantine?

Children born in 2005 or later do not need to be tested.

If a child travels with a person who is required to be quarantined, the child stays with them and is released from quarantine if the second test from the companion is negative. If the companion is exempt from travel restrictions, so is the child.

During your stay

1. What are you doing to ensure high standards of hygiene and safety on your tours?

Our top priority is your and our employees’ health and safety. For that reason, we’ve been proactive in implementing new health protocols across our tours, in line with local laws and regulations regarding Covid-19.

We have adopted the “Clean & Safe” pledge from the Icelandic Tourist Board as a reflection of the steps we are taking to protect our customers. We are committed to increased cleaning, availability of hand sanitizer, and social distancing.

To maintain our high safety standards, we ensure that all our guides and suppliers carry out specialized Covid-19 health and hygiene training.

2. Are accommodation providers applying any health measures?

Rest assured that the accommodations where you will stay during your tour are committed to strict hygiene measures. Our accommodation providers disinfect all major touch points regularly and provide hand sanitizer for guests’ use. Social distancing and wearing face masks may also be required in some locations.

3. What can I expect from a self-drive tour with you?

If you book one of our self-drive tours, your vehicle will be meticulously cleaned before you collect it. This is in line with the Clean Pledge policy that our rental car partner in Iceland, Hertz, is committed to.

4. What can I expect from a city break with you?

If you will be joining day trips and excursions during your stay in Reykjavík, you can also expect to travel in a thoroughly cleaned vehicle. 

Your bus will be disinfected every day and hand sanitizer will also be provided. You’ll have a designated seat and may be asked to wear a face mask.

5. What can I expect from a private tour with you?

On a private tour, your driver-guide will sanitize the vehicle before and after you travel in it.

6. Will I have to wear a face mask on my tour?

You may be required to wear a face mask at certain points during your tour. We are following the rules and regulations set forth by the Icelandic government. If the use of face masks is recommended or required at the time of travel by the local government, we will follow those guidelines.

7. How will you manage social distancing on my trip?

We encourage you to have a look at the latest restrictions in Iceland. Every traveler is individually responsible for following these rules.

8. What procedures are in place if I fall sick during my tour?

Should you become unwell at any point on your trip, contact us on our 24/7 support line. Our team will be there to support you throughout your tour and will react quickly to the situation. They’ll advise you on the next steps, such as where to go to seek medical attention.

They’ll also rearrange details of your tour where necessary and do everything to ensure you are well looked after. If you need to end your trip early after your arrival, you will receive a travel credit for any unused services.

9. Will there be changes made to the itinerary and inclusions of my trip due to Covid-19?

If any changes must be made to your itinerary due to Covid-19, we will contact you to make you aware of this. Rest assured that you won’t incur any extra costs as a result of this. You’ll receive appropriate upgrades or alternative tour options to make up for any changes. 

For example, if an activity that you paid for is no longer available due to Covid-19, you will be given alternative activities to choose from instead.

10. What happens if Iceland’s national guidelines change during my tour?

If tighter restrictions are put in place, your travel consultant will make adjustments to your itinerary, where necessary. They may need to amend the route or make some other changes. You would not be charged any additional fees if rearrangements had to be made.

11. If someone on my trip gets Covid-19 will I get my money back?

Should you no longer be able to continue your tour due to a fellow traveler contracting Covid-19, you’ll receive a travel credit for any unused services. 

Before you leave

1. Where and how can I get my Covid-19 test before I return home?  

Many countries, including the USA, UK, and EU countries, now require passengers to present negative Covid-19 test results before their journey home. The test results must be recent, taken within the last 24, 48, or 72 hours, depending on the rules of each country.

For some destinations, such as Canada, a PCR test is required while for others, like the USA, a rapid antigen test is sufficient. Make sure you choose the test that is required for entering your next destination.

To get tested in the capital area, register online on the travel.covid.is website. Once ready, the certificate will be sent to your email address. Please check with authorities at your destination if they accept an electronic or printed certificate. 

Information on Covid-19 test center opening hours can be found on the Icelandic Directorate of Health’s website.

2. How much does a Covid-19 pre-departure test cost in Iceland?

The cost for a PCR test is ISK 7,000 for those not insured in Iceland. At the time of writing, this is around EUR 47 (USD 55). If you also need to pay for the certificate this should bring you to a total of around EUR 100 (around USD 116).

Rapid antigen (lateral flow) tests are free of charge.


TRAVEL WITH CONFIDENCE

Find out everything we’re doing to keep you safe and happy during your Icelandic adventure.

Our commitment

Your wellbeing and safety are at the heart of everything we do. This is why we’ve updated our terms, to give you flexibility and confidence when booking with us. On top of our risk-free booking, we also care for your peace of mind while you’re in Iceland. Here are our commitments to you.

Skogarfoss

Flexible booking terms

Book now and pay later plan with only a 5% deposit required at the time of booking. We are also flexible in terms of changing your dates or cancellation. View our Book with Confidence promise.

 


Health and hygiene

When you travel with us, you can rest assured we are following and implementing measures that were developed in alignment with government authorities and health providers across our destinations. For example, we have implemented the World Travel & Tourism Council’s “Safe Travels” protocols and the Icelandic Tourist Board’s “Clean & Safe” pledge


Transport

We only work with trusted transport providers. Any vehicle that you travel in will be cleaned to keep you safe. For example, if you are on a self-drive tour, your car will be thoroughly cleaned before you collect it. If you join one of our private tours, your transportation will be equipped with a hand sanitizer and disinfected regularly.


Accommodation

We are working with our accommodation partners to ensure that they meet our new health and hygiene protocols. You can relax knowing that all key touchpoints will be sanitized regularly and hand gel will be provided at the hotels you stay in. When renting camping gear, it will be sanitized in advance.


Glacier Walking Group

Trained guides

In terms of private tours and day trips or excursions, your guide will be well-trained and prepared for any situation. They are there to keep you safe and help you have an unforgettable trip. Leave it to them to provide you with an authentic experience and to support you from start to finish.


Abandoned farm tour, East Iceland

24/7 help for emergencies

We’re with you every step of the way. If you urgently need to contact us, you can access our support line in the case of an emergency. Should anything unexpected occur, we will be there to assists you.



Book with Confidence promise

We welcome our guests to visit Iceland and as your wellbeing, safety and happiness are important to us, we want to make sure you’re able to book your travels with confidence.

In light of Covid-19 we have reviewed our cancelation policy. With our new terms, you’ll never lose your money on your Iceland Tours package. You can cancel or reschedule your tour without any amendment fees in the event of Covid-19 directly affecting your travels.

These terms apply to all our holiday packages (for up to 9 people) for arrivals in 2021/22 and they include:
• Book now and pay later plan with only a 5% deposit required at the time of booking.
• Risk-free booking.


Risk-free booking


In the event that Covid-19 directly impacts your travels, the following terms apply. Otherwise, our general cancelation terms apply.

With risk-free booking, you enjoy the flexibility  of rebooking your tour, on one occasion, without any changing fees, or canceling your tour and receiving a 100% refund.

The new terms provide the following assurances:

  • Option to change your travel dates, on one occasion, up to 72 hours prior to arrival date with no change fees.
  • Option to cancel your tour up to 72 hours prior to arrival date and receive a full refund.
  • Option to cancel your tour with less than 72 hours prior to arrival date and receive an 80% refund with the remaining 20% held as credit for a future trip*.
  • If you need to end your trip early after your arrival, you will receive a travel credit for any unused services.

* Travel credit can be used by you, your friends or family members as a payment toward a new reservation with us within 36 months from the cancelation date.

Iceland Tours reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without notice.


WHY CHOOSE ICELAND TOURS?

Planning a foreign vacation can be stressful, but Iceland Tours makes it easy for you. Here are a few reasons why you should consider booking your trip to Iceland with us:

  • We offer great value at affordable prices, with no hidden fees. You can reserve your trip with a 5% deposit and pay the rest later
  • Book with confidence with our flexible terms. Change your dates or get a refund if your trip is canceled (terms apply)
  • Our tour designers have over 40 years’ experience putting together adventures in Iceland, so you know your trip’s going to be the best it can be
  • Don’t take our word for it – check out our fantastic reviews and see what people say about us!

We want you to have a great time in Iceland and make sure your trip is a memorable one!

Our certifications

Iceland Tours is certified by Vakinn, the Quality System of the Icelandic Tourism Authorities, ensuring our clients that we operate in an ethical, professional, and environmentally sustainable way.

Here below you can see some of the professional certificates pledges that reflect how we are committed to make your travel a safe experience for you.


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