The Icelandic authorities have recently announced that arrivals from 30 third countries have been permitted to enter the country starting from this week, as the latest risk assessment revealed that these countries are not epidemiologically risky.
What Does This Mean?
This means traveler from the following 30 countries, that holds vaccination, recovery certificates can enter Iceland without quarantine requirements upon arrival.
|4||Bosnia and Hercegovina|
|8||Hong Kong (SAR)|
|28||United Arab Emirates|
|29||United States of America|
However, passengers from these countries who are not vaccinated or cannot show proof of the previous Covid-19 infection are required to follow these rules:
- Such travellers need to produce a PCR test result taken 72 hours before departure
- Take a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival
- They have to undergo five-day quarantine upon arrival
- Later, take another PCR test on the fifth day of quarantine
Moreover, vaccinated travelers reaching Iceland are divided into two groups, according to the report, and different entry rules apply to them, as the following list shows:
- Vaccinated travelers with ties in Iceland are required to present a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival.
- Vaccinated travelers with no ties in Iceland (no family, spouse or friend) have to undergo a PCR test before departure. Similar rules apply to holders of Covid recovery certificates.
However, those who recently recovered from COVID-19 (14 days to 180 before traveling) have to present the positive test to prove their previous infection which exempts them from pre-departure and upon arrival testing requirements. Refusing to get tested upon arrival is fined ISK 100,000 ( 665), as per the report.
Except for third countries, all EEA/EFTA, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City citizens are also permitted to enter the country free of quarantine requirements, the report mentioned.
Furthermore, travelers with vaccination certificates must be inoculated with one (single-shot vaccines) or two-dose vaccines at least 14 days before reaching Iceland.
The list of vaccines approved by the Icelandic authorities consists of European Agency Medicines (EMA) approved vaccines and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized vaccines for use.