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 May 1st.

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

Persons hand filling form

Iceland has continued to implement the same travel restrictions followed by the Schengen Area. This means that the only arrivals allowed to enter without any restrictions are: 

  • Icelandic citizens
  • EEA/EFTA citizens (including citizens of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican)
  • Relatives of Icelandic or other EEA/EFTA citizens or citizens of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, or the Vatican

While Iceland remains closed to most non-EU/EEA/EFTA travelers, the following is a list of citizens and residents of non-EU/EEA/EFTA states that are currently allowed to enter: 

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

Please note this list can change frequently so visit here for the latest updates and more detailed information.

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

Starting on May 1st Iceland has adopted new border safety regulations that follow the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control color-coding system. Under this system, countries will be assigned colors based on their incidence of infection and proportion of positive samples, to indicate their risk.

  • Arrivals from red countries (high-risk) will be required to double screening with a five-day quarantine in between.
  • While arrivals from green and orange countries are only required to receive one test on arrival, with no mandatory quarantining - on the condition they can provide a negative COVID-19 test that was taken before their departure.

Individuals that will be exempt from border testing include:

  • Those who are certified as having had COVID-19 and recovered.
  • People who have certification of vaccination.

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Testing is available free of charge in numerous locations around Iceland, however, please note that you still might need to make an appointment. For more detailed information check here.

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. If you are arriving from a red country self-quarantine is required for the five days between your two tests. If you are traveling from an orange or green country quarantine is not mandatory. 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. For questions regarding self-isolation or in the case of a positive test result call 1700 (+354 544 41130). 

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 have followed the mandatory testing procedures 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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