UPDATE: as of 15 June the COVID test at entry will no longer be required for vaccinated passengers
Iceland entry requirements have changed since my first visit in March of this year. Quite a bit, actually.
Here’s an update for you, based on my experience while on my First Date Trip to Iceland.
Entering Iceland has changed since March. When I was the first American to enter Iceland under the new vaccination rules, I handed the customs agent my CDC card and walked through, no testing needed.
That has changed.
Here’s what you’ll need to do, even if you’re vaccinated:
- Download the Rakning C-19 app
- No earlier than 72 hours before your arrival in Iceland, pre-register your trip at visit.covid.is (I did it in the airline lounge at JFK before our flight left for KEF). Select how you’re entering from the options they give you (if you’re vaccinated, you’ll enter under the vaccination exemption from a 5-day quarantine)
- After you pre-register, you’ll receive an email with a barcode. Screenshot this barcode, just to be sure. Delta will check that you have the barcode before you’re allowed to board, just so you’re aware
- When you arrive at KEF, you’ll go to customs, they will check your passport, and then you will get a COVID test. Yes, even if you’re vaccinated. They will scan your barcode and test you, it takes like 10 seconds and is free.
- Until you get your test results you are required to quarantine. This doesn’t mean you have to wait at the airport, though. You are allowed to take a bus or taxi to Reykjavik and are allowed to get a rental car and begin driving to your destination. It took us about 4 hours to get our results and they showed up in the Rakning C-19 app
If you’re vaccinated, once you receive the above you’re released from quarantine.
Getting tested in Iceland for your flight home
I previously wrote that I had a bit of a tougher time in Akureyri getting a COVID test for my flight home. Had I gone through Reykjavik it wouldn’t have been a problem at all, and it would’ve been much cheaper.
- Go to travel.covid.is and book your COVID appointment. You’ll prepay in advance (it runs $55ish)
- With your confirmation you’ll receive another barcode, similar to when you entered the country
- All testing in Reykjavik is done at the same testing centre, fairly close to the town center
That’s really it. Once you get the test, you’ll receive the results a few hours later (via email this time) along with the certificate you’ll need to print out for your flight home. You will need to do this at least 24 hours before your flight home just to be safe.
Iceland is going to be really popular this summer, so make sure you know the procedures before you go! Drop any questions in the comments and I’ll help however I can!