Lifting of travel restrictions to Iceland - Guidelines to tourism companies

The preparation for lifting travel restrictions in Iceland is well on it´s way. Íslandsstofa (Promote Iceland) will take care of providing the necessary information to foreign tourists and foreign tourism providers. The Icelandic Tourist Board will provide Icelandic tourism companies with the necessary information regarding the arrangement and answer queries as much as possible. Please keep in mind that the arrangement will be re-evaluated periodically and may change rapidly if necessary.

 Lifting of travel restrictions in brief:

  • Passengers from EU and other Schengen states arriving in Iceland from June 15th 2020 and later will be given the option to choose between being tested  for COVID-19 or self-quarantine for two weeks. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from these measures.
  • The border are still closed to citizen form outside of EU and Schengen states.  
  • Passengers will be required to fill out a re-pregistration form on the website covid.is before arriving in Iceland. The form will be available 72 hours before a scheduled flight.
  • Estimated waiting time for testing at the border is one hour.
  • Following the test, passengers can travel onward to their registered address (provided in their pre-registration form).
  • Passengers do not need to self-quarantine until they receive their test results, but should take preventive measures to protect themselves and others from infection. 
  • Passengers can expect to receive their test results within 24 hours, usually on the same day, or the following day for those arriving later than 5 PM. Passengers will receive their test results through the app (Rakning C-19), or through text message.
  • Everyone is encouraged to take preventive measures to protect themselves and others from infection. Frequent washing of hands, use of disinfectants and the two-meter social distancing is required. It is important that tourism companies send this message to customers and visitors. There are various posters available on covid.is that can be printed and used for this purpose.

Please pay attention to the following:

  • Detailed information about the lifting of travel restrictions can be found on www.covid.is under the link marked Travelling in Iceland
  • News of changes regarding the opening arrangements will be sent to the tourism service providers registered in the Icelandic Tourist Board´s database.
  • After the weekend, an informative e-conference is planned for tourism providers, further details will be announced shortly.
  • The Icelandic Tourist Board will also publish news on the Agency´s website, under the button labelled COVID-19 where you will find various practical information for travel agents.
  • Inquiries regarding the opening and related questions should be directed to covid@ferdamalastofa.is

Information to foreign tourists 

Íslandsstofa (Promote Iceland) will take care of providing the necessary information to foreign tourists and foreign tourism providers. We understand that the current COVID-19 pandemic raises a lot of questions regarding your travel plans to Iceland. We will do our best to answer your question and help make your trip as pleasant as possible. We want to ask you to first go through the Frequently Asked Questions section on our Covid-19 information site, www.covid.is where most COVID-19 related travel questions have been answered. If you do not find an answer to your inquiry there, please submit an inquiry through www.covid.is/contactus.


We are all following new paths and we realize that you have many questions. Many answers can be found on covid.is and we encourage you to browse the website before sending an inquiries.


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