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Last updated 4 October 2021
As of 17 May 2021, there is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, non-essential travel by British citizens from the UK is only permitted, if you are resident in Iceland, or can adequately demonstrate you have either been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or previously recovered from a Covid-19 infection.
Covid-19 antigen tests are not accepted for those travelling to Iceland from the UK. Alternatively, you can test for Covid-19 using one of our PCR test kits which must be taken within 72 hours before departing the UK. Failure to provide a negative Covid-19 test may result in travellers being refused entry to Iceland.
From 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England have changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Fully vaccinated travellers can book a day 2 test with free delivery. Not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers can book their return antigen tests and day 2 and 8 travel packages with Medicspot. Further details can be found on our Covid test page.
As of 25 May 2021, all non-essential travel by British citizens from the UK to Iceland is only permitted if you are resident in Iceland, can adequately demonstrate you have either been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or previously recovered from a Covid-19 infection, or fall under their exempt category of traveller. Further information can be found on the Iceland government website.
Unless you have been fully vaccinated, when flying into Iceland you must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your time of departure to Iceland. You are also required to pre-register before arrival in Iceland.
If you have had a full course (two doses) of the Covid-19 vaccine, you will only be required to have a test on arrival and follow quarantine measures until the result is known (usually within 24 hours).
You will be asked to provide proof of vaccination which must contain the specific Covid-19 information Iceland requires. If you live in England, Iceland will accept the NHS app or your NHS letter to demonstrate your vaccination status. Please note, you cannot use an NHS vaccine appointment card to demonstrate your vaccine status.
Upon arrival you will be encouraged to sign up to the contact tracing app Rakning C-19. Further information is available on the Rakning C-19 website.
Upon arrival, you’ll need to take 2 Covid-19 tests, one on arrival and another 5-6 days later and quarantine between tests until you have received your results. Failure to comply with these rules could result in a ISK 100,000 fine for residents or refusal of entry for visitors.
If you test positive on arrival you will be required to enter self-isolation (at your hotel or government-provided accommodation) unless further tests determine the infection is inactive. You may also need to be tested again or enter self-isolation if you are exposed to a possible infection during your trip e.g during the flight to Iceland.
If you are travelling to Iceland, a Covid-19 test costs £75. This covers the PCR test as well as a Fit to Fly certificate.
Yes, Medicspot tests and Fit to Fly certificates are universally recognised by both Icelandic airlines and the Iceland government.
If your Covid-19 test is negative, Medicspot will provide you with negative test results as well as a Fit to Fly certificate within the 72 hour testing requirement window.
Travellers from the UK to Iceland must take a negative PCR test 72 hours before their flight.