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Information on the Coronavirus COVID-19 in Iceland


Before visiting Iceland, please go to covid.is and government.is for the latest updates and travel information.


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Current Covid protocols for Iceland

(Updated July 28th, 2021)

With global vaccinations underway, the Icelandic government has implemented steps to ease restrictions and make international travel to Iceland easier.

Border regulations apply equally to all travelers, including travelers from outside the EU/EEA Area.

All travellers arriving in Iceland must be fully vaccinated and provide a proof thereof ( with vaccines approved by the EU) or provide proof of previous covid infection. Certificate is valid when 14 days have passed form the second dose (or 14 days from Janssens/Johnson and Johnson dose).

Other travelers, that have not been vaccinated or previously infected must undergo a screening process upon arrival and must quarantine for five days and go for another test at the end of quarantine.

All travellers must pre-register before arriving in Iceland and confirm their departure day.

From 27th of July vaccinated travellers (and those with prior infection) born 2004 and earlier must present a negative PCR or antigen test prior to boarding a plane to Iceland.  

From 1st of July fully vaccinated travelers don‘t need to undergo testing when arriving to Iceland. 

What to expect in Iceland

From 25th of July until 27th of August the maximum number of people gathering is 200. Distance limit is 1 meter between people who are not closely linked. Face masks must be worn wherever the 1 metre social distancing rule cannot be kept. This applies to shops, public transport, taxis, coaches, private service such as hairdressers and so on.

As of mid of July 85% of the population over 12 years old has been fully vaccinated and 90% have got their first injection.

More info here https://www.covid.is/categories/effective-restrictions-on-gatherings

Guidelines to maintain health and safety on our tours

(Updated June 28th, 2021)

At Icelandic Mountain Guides, we are aware that even if restrictions have been lifted here in Iceland and things are mostly back to normal the virus does still exist and we want to continue to do everything we can to minimize the risk of infections of all sorts on our tours so you can enjoy your adventure with ease of mind.

Preparing guests for our scheduled departures:

In Skaftafell we operate a shuttle service from our sales house to the glacier.  If customers feel more at ease self-driving to the glacier, following our vehicle, they are more than welcome to do so.

We have gone through all our tour operations with the safety of our guests and staff in mind. To ensure everyone's safety, we have devised three versions of our processes to cover the different services included in each type of tour.

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(Updated Aug 17th, 2020)

What you can do to minimise risk?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, and use disinfectant frequently (hand washing facilities are available at our sales offices).

  • Avoid shaking hands, hugs and kisses. Smiling and waving are the trend this season.

  • Try to minimise touching your face.

  • If you need to sneeze or cough, try to do it into your elbow or in a napkin.

Is it safe go on a tour?

For the moment there is no need to cancel tours if all recommended procedures are being followed. Our team is following the advice of health authorities and monitoring the situation closely.

We are doing everything we can to keep you safe and if you follow official advice on how to minimise risk, you do not have to worry.

What if I booked a tour but don’t feel safe or can’t go?

These are uncertain times to travel or make plans and in light of that Icelandic Mountain Guides have put in place more flexible booking terms for the moment so you can book with ease of mind. 

While we don't make health checks to on our clients we ask our guests to be sensible in regards to their own health and of their fellow travellers when deciding on joining a tour. If you are unsure you can call us at +354 587 9999.

A guide driving a minibus on a day tour with Icelandic Mountain Guides

What should I do if I feel sick while in Iceland? 

If you feel sick with symptoms of the CoVID-19 virus you should remain in your accommodation and seek advice by calling 1700. Do not visit a hospital of health centre before consulting a health professional

What is being done about the Coronavirus in Iceland?

If you have further questions about official guidelines or feel symptoms follow the advise on the official website about the Corona virus in Iceland: covid.is/english

Can I travel to Iceland at the moment?

Yes, if you are an EU/EEA, EFTA or UK national, you are free to visit Iceland.

All arriving passengers must undergo two PCR-tests: one upon arrival and another 4-6 days later to minimize the risk of a false negative causing infection to spread in the community.

During this period, all arriving passengers must stay in quarantine in case of a possible infection.

For further information on visiting Iceland, please see: covid.is/english


Even though these are times of uncertainty we hope you make the best of your stay in Iceland. If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] or call us at +354 587 9999.