Vaccinated travellers must show a negative test starting July 26th

Icelandic authorities decided today to introduce stricter measures to stem the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The new measures require that vaccinated travellers now show a negative PCR or antigen test at the start of their journey to Iceland. The antigen test usually costs much less than the PCR test and is offered in the departure area of many international airports with results ready in about 15 minutes. The test must be done no more than 72 hours before arrival in Iceland.

Those who reside in Iceland or plan to see friends and relatives during their stay are also advised to get re-tested on arrival in Iceland even if they are free of symptoms. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine on arrival.

These rules will take effect on July 26th.

Unvaccinated visitors will continue to be required to show negative results from a PCR test at the start of their journey to Iceland. They must also be re-tested at the border and spend five days in quarantine before getting tested for the third time. Children born in the year 2005 or later are exempt from all requirements regarding vaccinations, testing and quarantining.

Iceland Monitor and Mbl.is have previously reported that stricter measures were likely to be put in place as Iceland has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases in the past couple of weeks. ai@mbl.is

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