All information, developments, and advice about Iceland and COVID-19 can be found at the website of the Directorate of Health and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management as well as the designated COVID-19 website for Iceland maintained by these institutions.
Icelandic authorities have taken preventive steps to contain the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country. As Iceland has few entry points and the lowest population density in Europe, the country has been able to move swiftly to identify, communicate with and, where necessary, quarantine Icelandic residents.
Iceland has implemented the travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area and the European Union. Foreign nationals - except EU/EEA, EFTA or UK nationals - are not allowed to enter Iceland. These travel restrictions are valid until 15 May 2020.
Travel restrictions to be lifted in June with conditions.
On 12 May, The Government of Iceland announced that it expects to start easing restrictions on international arrivals no later than 15 June 2020, while from 15 May some professionals arriving in Iceland including scientists, filmmakers and athletes will be eligible for a modified quarantine. The exact details of the revisions will be decided by the Government’s multisector working group, however it is expected they will give travelers the choice between a test for the virus on arrival or a two-week quarantine. More information here.
We encourage everyone to take good care of their health, wash their hands thoroughly and be mindful of cleanliness.
You can find further information on these pages:
- Official website for Iceland and COVID-19
- Testing for international arrivals could start in June
- Iceland implements Schengen and EU travel restrictions
- Large scale testing of general population in Iceland
- Response from Icelandic Authorities
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Those who have traveled from areas with a high risk of infection and have cold-like symptoms should contact the Healthline 1700 (+354 544 4113 for those calling from a non-Icelandic phone number). The helpline is always the first point of contact and people must always call before going to hospitals or clinics to avoid possible spread of infection.