Visiting Iceland? You'll Have To Get Tested Twice And Quarantine Between Testing
Photo Credit: Majestic blue glacier. Men admiring the view. Serene scene

Photo Credit: Majestic blue glacier. Men admiring the view. Serene scene

Visiting Iceland? You'll Have To Get Tested Twice And Quarantine Between Testing

Europe , Iceland , news
Kelsey Marie
Kelsey Marie Aug 28, 2020

Iceland is slowly reopening its borders to visitors but has implemented strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19.

When visiting Iceland, travelers will have to get tested twice, with the first time being immediately upon arrival. Travelers will then have to get tested for the second time a few days after arriving. Between testing, travelers will be expected to quarantine for 5-6 days.

Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a phone call from the National Hospital’s out-patient ward. 

According to Iceland’s COVID-19 website, the first test will cost between $65 – $80 while the second test will be completely free. 

Young man resting in her tent. Icelandic nature

While in Iceland, travelers are not able to visit restaurants or the swimming pools that have made Iceland famous. Going for a walk in remote areas is allowed and encouraged as well as taking a drive in a private car. Travelers are not permitted to go sightseeing when in quarantine. 

Iceland’s Directorate of Health does allow travelers to skip being tested as long as they quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

John Hopkins University reveals that Iceland’s COVID-19 cases are much lower than other European countries, with a count of a little over 2,000 confirmed cases and 10 deaths. 

U.S. travelers are still not permitted to visit Iceland at the moment. 

Find out where U.S. visitors are allowed to visit here.