Iceland Welcomes Non-Schengen Citizens with Vaccination Certificates

Vala Hafstað

Travelers from the UK, the US, and other nations outside the Schengen Area with valid certificates of either vaccination or prior infection will be allowed to visit Iceland, Morgunblaðið reports. A regulation to that effect will be published today. It will take effect immediately, states Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir.

“I concluded there were no factual reasons for discriminating against nations outside the Schengen Area,” Áslaug Arna states.

The government website just posted the following statement:

“Iceland has not required those with immunity to undergo border measures.

From 18 March this exemption will apply to citizens outside the Schengen area, including the UK and USA.

“The Icelandic government has announced that all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to border measures, such as testing and quarantine. Until now, this exemption has only applied to those presenting certificates from the EU/EEA Area but will now apply equally to everyone who can provide proof of a full vaccination with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medical Agency as well as requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist of Iceland and Icelandic regulations. Certificates from the the World Health Organization (WHO) (the International Certificate of Vaccination or the Carte Jaune/Yellow Card) are also accepted for vaccines the WHO has validated. 

The exemption also applies to those who can provide valid proof of prior infection. Documentation on prior infections must be in accordance with the requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist.”

The statement continues:

“Iceland has announced that from 1 May it will use the ECDC risk assessment colour code at the border. From that time travellers from low-risk areas (green and yellow) will be exempt from quarantine measures if they present a negative PCR result at the border.
Since 16 February, a negative PCR test is required prior to departure when travelling to Iceland. Additionally, a PCR test is mandatory at the border followed by a five-day quarantine and a second test. Vaccinated individuals and those with prior infection are exempt from the measures.”

For more detailed information, please visit the government website.




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