Are you on your way to Iceland or you’re dying to go but you still have some questions unanswered regarding COVID-19 in Iceland, testing at the airport and/or other tips on travelling in these times?

We asked our followers on Instagram what they would like to know about Covid-19 in Iceland, and in this article, we’ve answered their questions.

We hope they will help you in your future travels! don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions!

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KEF airport. Photo: Golli

Do you have to be tested at the airport upon arrival?

Yes – you will have to be tested for COVID-19 if you do not want to go into a two-week quarantine.

If you do not choose, you have the risk of being sent back to the country you came from. Children born in 2005 or later do not have to be tested nor have to go into quarantine.

While waiting for your test results, you will not have to self-quarantine but we recommend that people take caution, and wash their hands regularly.

Before entering the country, you will need to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival for the process going faster.

If I test positive in Iceland, I will have to be in 14 days’ isolation, but who will pay for everything?

Passengers should expect their test results to come in within 24 hours. In case of a positive result, tourists will be given accommodation at an isolation center with no extra cost. The same goes for treatment or medical supervision.

Do you need to account for where you stay during your whole visit to Iceland?

You are not required to do so, though travelers are encouraged to download the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19 which many Icelandic people are using, as it contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact health service. 

People are also encouraged to social distance as much as possible and to keep a 2-meter distance from others. 

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Photo: Golli

Is a 100 euro not too much for tests? Will the price go low in the future, do you think?

It is indeed a high price for some, but it will cover some of the costs that will go into these procedures. The people on the frontlines must be paid for their work just like everybody else and the equipment used is not free. 

It is unclear if and/or when the prices will go down, you can contact us for further updates. 

How are you guys in Iceland? Any restrictions on daily life? Masks in public etc?

We are doing quite OK. Gathering bans and restrictions are being lifted, the most recent one was on Monday 15th when 500 people were allowed to gather. People are in general also more relaxed, though with caution. There was never a requirement for people to wear masks, but people were encouraged to wash their hands and sanitize before going into shops, etc.

Are your locations downtown still open?

Yes! Normally we are open every day 9 am – 10 pm but during the pandemic, we have been open with restricted hours. Now we are however gradually increasing our opening hours and are getting closer to normal. We do recommend that you contact us if you have any further questions regarding your trip to Iceland.

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Our office at Laugavegur 5 in Reykjavík.

Is Iceland also preparing for a second (possibly bigger) wave in autumn, like some other countries?

It is always at the back of everyone’s head, that we might get a second wave of COVID-19, but with the precautions being taken by the people and the government we hope that it will not happen. Travelers should though be careful when traveling, and if they feel any symptoms they should follow the instructions in the app recommended above. 

Are Belgians allowed to enter Iceland?

Yes! If you are from Belgium you can enter the country, and the same goes for most countries within the Schengen agreement. Countries outside the Schengen agreement cannot enter the country until the 1st of July. 

Icelandair has confirmed that they fly from Belgium once per week from 29th June to 5th of July, three flights per week between July 6th and 12th, and from July 13th till July 19th they will fly four times per week. 

Nurses are set to go on strike on the 22nd of June. How will tourists get tested upon arrival?

If it so happens that nurses go on strike, it will in some ways affect the testing at the airport, though it has been mentioned in Icelandic media that they will find a way to do the testing despite the strike. Hopefully, the wishes of the nurses will be met in some way which would get in the way of a strike.

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Photo: Golli

Do you need to account for where you stay during your whole visit to Iceland?

You are not required to do so, though travelers are encouraged to download the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19 which many Icelandic people are using, as it contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact health service. 

People are also encouraged to social distance as much as possible and to keep a 2-meter distance from others. 

Contact us if you have any more questions regarding COVID-19 in Iceland or anything else.

What's On locations in downtown Reykjavík

  • Laugavegur 5 (Main Office)
  • Laugavegur 54 (Trip)

Opening Hours:

  • Main office (Laugavegur 5) - open every day 8:30 - 22:00
    Laugavegur 54 - Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00, Sat 9:00-14:00

Contact What's On

The official source for safe adventure in Iceland is safetravel. It’s located in our Laugavegur 54 location.