COVID-19 Testing at Iceland Airport

Everything Airport Passengers Need to Know about Coronavirus Testing

|July 2, 2020
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Passengers flying to Iceland can now get tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, bypassing the country’s two-week mandatory quarantine.


So you’ve booked your plane tickets and have already set one foot in Iceland. But the question remains: What do you need to know about the COVID-19 tests at Iceland airport? 

Here’s important information about airport testing procedure if you’re traveling to Iceland after June 15.

Before Traveling to Iceland: Fill Out A Pre-Registration Form

Persons hand filling form

Iceland’s borders have remained open to citizens of other EU/EEA/EFTA states throughout the coronavirus pandemic, under the condition that travelers quarantine for two weeks from the day of arrival. As of June 15, travelers can choose to be tested for COVID-19 at the airport instead of going into quarantine with some exceptions.  

As of July 16, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Germany are no longer categorized as high-risk countries. Travelers from these countries, as well as people coming from the Faroe Islands and Greenland, are exempt from all quarantine and screening requirements.

While Iceland remains closed to most non-EU/EEA/EFTA travelers, as of July 15th, the country is open to citizens and residents of 14 non-EU/EEA/EFTA states, as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican.

The 14 states include:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

The list will be revised regularly. For the most recent updates, follow the Directorate of Immigration’s official site.

Before traveling to Iceland, you’ll need to fill out the pre-registration form that you can find at www.covid.is/english. The form asks you to provide your contact details and information about your flight dates and where you’ll be staying during your visit.

You’ll also be asked about your recent travel and health. Namely, you’ll need to say if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, whether you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 before, and if you have been in close contact with an infected individual.

Good job! Now you’re even closer to your journey.

Upon Arrival: Get Tested For Covid-19

Keflavik airport Railing Sign

On your arrival at Keflavik International Airport or Seydisfjordur, you’ll be given two options:

  • Undergo molecular-biological COVID-19 testing (PCR test) 
  • Self-quarantine for two weeks

The fee for a single test is ISK 11,000 (€70; $80) if paid on site or ISK 9000 (€58; $65) if paid in advance. (Get your free COVID-19 test with us) 

  • If you choose to pay for your test in advance, you can do so during the online pre-registration process. Payment must be made at least one day before arrival. 
  • If you choose to pay at the border, you can pay by cash or credit card at the testing station. 

Groups that are exempt from COVID-19 testing include:

  • Children born in 2005 or later.
  • People who have not been in high-risk areas for 14 days before arrival. Currently, only Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Finland aren’t classified as high-risk areas.
  • Flight and freight ship crews who are residents of Iceland.

Now you wait for your test results, which won’t take long!

Note: Testing will be available at Keflavik Airport and Seydisfjordur harbor (for travelers arriving on the Smyril Line). Passengers arriving in other international airports (Reykjavik, Akureyri, Egilsstadir) or ports will be tested at the closest local healthcare center.

Once You’ve Taken the Test, You Can Travel to Your Accommodation

Road near Vatnajokull Glacier

After you’ve taken the test, you can continue your journey to your registered address provided in the pre-registration form. You don’t need to self-quarantine until you receive your test results. However, you should take extra caution to protect yourself and others from infection.

Test findings will be available within 24 hours. This means you can expect to get your test results on the same day of your arrival. However, if you arrive later than 5 p.m. (17:00), you’ll get your test results the next day.

How will I receive my test results? If you your test comes back negative, you'll receive your test results through text message or Iceland’s official contact tracing app, Rakning C-19. In the unfortunate event of you testing positive, you will be informed by a phone call, so make sure you provide accurate contact information.

If you test negative, you can go freely enjoy the Land of Fire and Ice!

What Happens if I Test Positive for COVID-19?

Travelers who test positive will receive a phone call notifying them. In such a case, you may need to take some additional tests to confirm you have an active infection.

Additionally, the contact tracing team will ask you about your movement and close contacts during the two days before the onset of your symptoms.

If you have a confirmed COVID-19 infection, you must self-isolate. If you don’t have a suitable location to self-isolate, you’ll be given free accommodation at an isolation center. You won’t be charged for medical treatment and supervision related to the coronavirus.

What if I’ve Been Exposed to Someone with Confirmed COVID-19?

If you’ve been in close contact with someone with a confirmed coronavirus case, you might need to self-isolate for two weeks from the time of last contact. This might be the case if you’ve:

  • Been within 2 meters of an infected person for more than 15 minutes.
  • Sat within two rows of an infected person on an airplane.

So you need to be aware that even if you test negative at the airport, you may still be required to self-quarantine. If you’ve been exposed to coronavirus, the contact tracing team will give you a call and interview you to decide whether you need to self-isolate.

COVID-19 Tracing App Rakning C-19

All travelers are invited to download the contract tracing app Rakning C-19. The app was created using the strictest privacy requirements and helps trace any potential infections.

Downloading Rakning C-19  is optional but highly encouraged. The app contains important information on coronavirus and how to contact the local health care services.

Is There Anything Else I Should Know Before Traveling to Iceland?

Behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall covid social distancing

Once you get tested and know you don’t have an active infection, you can go enjoy your well-deserved holiday. But let’s not forget about safety precautions to protect ourselves and others:

  • Frequently wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
  • Try to keep a two-meter distance from other people whenever possible
  • Make sure to follow the latest info on COVID-19 in Iceland on the covid.is website
  • Monitor your health. If you think you’re ill, contact the health care service via the Rakning C-19 app or phone by dialing 1700 (+354 544 4113). You can also use the online health portal Heilsuvera or the information portal www.covid.is.

Now you’re ready for once-in-a-lifetime adventures!

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