Iceland opening borders to travelers with vaccination or antibodies certifications
18.03.2021 The Dive team
Iceland will allow travelers that can provide certificates that show they are fully vaccinated or have Covid antibodies and have fully recovered, to enter the country, starting next week!
Following this first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Iceland is now doing well with hardly any domestic infections. Currently there are very strict border controls including testing before arrival, testing on arrival, 5 days of quarantine (full isolation) and a second testing, before release from quarantine. Furthermore, the Schengen area, of which Iceland is a part, also has restrictions on which countries may travel into the area. Of our main visitor countries, none of Asia nor the UK and USA are currently allowed to travel to Iceland.
But starting next week, travelers that present vaccination or antibody certifications will not be required to be tested or go in to quarantine. Same rules will apply for travelers from inside and outside the Schengen area.
For the time being, only certifications approved by the European Medicines Agency will be accepted at the border, although that might change. Accepted vaccines at the moment are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen.
For people that are not vaccinated or do not have antibodies, the current border controls are valid until 1 May. At that time, a colour coding system will be implemented, stating that travelers arriving from EU/EEA countries which are classified as green or yellow on the European COVID-19 infection map will be able to enter Iceland's borders without going through five days of quarantine (though still requiring a negative PCR test to travel and additional testing at the Icelandic border). Current restrictions will remain unchanged for all other countries.
For up to date news, please visit the official site about the Covid-19 pandemic in Iceland.
The team at the DIVE.IS office are excited that we might start seeing travelers in Iceland again in the near future.