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Iceland Reopening To Vaccinated Tourists From All Countries With No Testing

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Iceland will reopen to fully-vaccinated travelers from all countries, allowing entry without quarantine or testing requirements. The move comes as the international vaccination count climbs exponentially, inviting nations across the world to reopen borders to inoculated travelers.

The order announced by the Icelandic government on Tuesday will take effect on March 18. Initially, Iceland had shut down borders to all but vaccinated travelers – specifically from EU/EEA nations.

travel landscape in Iceland

With the revised mandate, Iceland is broadening its tourism base by equally welcoming vaccinated travelers from all countries, notably the U.S. and UK, its largest tourism markets in recent years. The exemption also pertains to those who can provide valid documentation of prior infection.

Starting March 18, all travelers – under regular visa requirements – will be permitted to visit Iceland as long as they can provide:

✓ Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19, or
✓ Document of previous COVID infection 

*The document can be in paper or digital format.

digital vaccine passport

Which vaccines are accepted?

1. Comirnaty; Pfizer/BioNTech

2. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

3. Covidshield COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

4. COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

International Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination
  • Certificates of vaccination from the EEA/EFTA-area with a vaccine authorized for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This includes:

1. Comirnaty; Pfizer-BioNTech

2. COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

3. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

4. COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

The certificate is valid regardless of where vaccination took place. 

traveler mask airport passport

A vaccine certificate must include the following:

  • Written in one of the following languages: English, French, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish. A document in another language can be valid if accompanied by a certified stamped translation in one of the aforementioned languages
  • First name and last name (as per travel documents)
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport number (or travel document number)
  • Name of disease vaccinated against (COVID-19)
  • Dates which the vaccinations were performed
  • Information on issuer of the certificate (supervising clinician/administering centre), with signature of the International Certificate of Vaccination
  • Vaccine administered
  • Manufacturer and batch/lot number of vaccine
Iceland waterfalls tourists

Travelers Having Recovered from COVID-19

Travelers with certification showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 in Iceland or in the EEA/EFTA countries (positive PCR test and/or presence of antibodies) are eligible to bypass the entry requirements, namely testing and quarantine, similar to vaccinated individuals, based on presumed immunity to COVID-19.

This document must be issued by a laboratory within the EEA/EFTA-area, or a confirmation from the Chief Epidemiologist in Iceland; Clinical diagnoses are not deemed valid.

passenger on flight mask

The following certificates are considered a valid confirmation of a previous COVID-19 infection:

  • Positive PCR-test result for COVID-19 that is older than 14 days
  • Presence of antibodies against COVID-19 measured by ELISA serologic
  • Rapid diagnostic test

Future Updates

Starting May 1st, Iceland will refer to the ECDC risk assessment color code system to determine border measures. The Icelandic government will lift restrictions off travelers arriving from low-risk countries (green and yellow) as a negative PCR test result will void the mandatory quarantine. 

mountains in Iceland

COVID-19 Response in Iceland

Iceland has done exceptionally well in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and blocking the risk of emerging variants at the point of entry. 

At present, there are a total of 30 active cases in all of Iceland; 24 are in quarantine due to suspected exposure. There are no current hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Iceland. Accordingly, the country is among the top ranks in safety for its response to the pandemic.

traveler in Iceland

In this regard, Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir said:

“The world has been through a lot in the past twelve months, and we are all hoping for a slow and safe return to normalcy. This also includes the resumption of the opportunity to travel, which is valuable to culture, trade and enterprise. The decision to apply border exemptions for vaccinated individuals to countries outside the EU/EEA area is a logical extension of our current policy.”

Reykjavik the capital city of Iceland

Regular Entry Requirements 

Other than vaccinated travelers, Iceland is accepting travelers with passports (or valid residency) from EU/EFTA countries, under the following entry requirements:

  • Completed pre-registration form
  • Negative PCR test result taken no longer than 72 hours of departure
  • Test upon arrival in Iceland
  • Five-day quarantine
  • Followup test on day five/six

For more information, please visit the Iceland Directorate of Health.

For a complete list of countries open to vaccinated travelers, please click here.

Northern Light Aurora borealis Iceland

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JMC

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Did some more research and the Icelandic Government is not REQUIRING the WHO yellow card, it is an accepted document though. All that is required is:

Be in the Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or French. A document in another language can be valid if the original document accompanied by a certified stamped translation in one of the languages required. First name and last name (as in travel documents). Date of birth. Name of disease vaccinated against (COVID-19) Where and when vaccination(s) was/were performed (date(s)). Vaccination must be complete; see below the required doses for full vaccination for each vaccine. Issuer of the certificate (supervising clinician/administering centre), with signature and stamp if the International Certificate of Vaccination. Vaccine administered. Manufacturer and batch/lot no. of vaccine.

Source: (link)

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 22nd of March 2021

wonderful!

Daniel

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Is there a typo under the "Which vaccines are accepted" section? I see Astra Zeneca being listed as 2 and 3, was 2 supposed to be Moderna?

JMC

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Throwing it out there… I see zero people from the US having the required information on their vaccination card. I imagine most states are using the same standard which will have the basic information. I highly doubt any states give a crap about putting the vaccinated person’s passport number on it. Iceland needs to take another look at the requirements or they won’t have any US citizens going!

Stephen White

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Great news. Alas, a planned trip to Iceland for this September was just called off about a week ago, so this news is too late for us. But there's a good chance we'll go next year, so all is not lost. :-)

Brandon

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Ugh my vaccine card doesn't have all the requirements they ask for..

Aaisha

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

@Brandon,

You can get the required document here: (link)