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Iceland travel restrictions: Can I visit Iceland from England?

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland Photo by Robert Lukeman on Unsplash

Iceland is an undeniably fascinating, gorgeous and adventurous place to travel to.

It’s known for its capital Reykjavik, Eurovision movie location Husavik, geysers, otherworldly lagoons, and dramatic fjords, volcanos and national parks.

And of course: the dazzling Northern Lights. With autumn, the ideal time to see them, on the horizon, many are curious to see if Iceland still has travel restrictions in place.

If you want to holiday in Iceland, here’s what you need to know.

Can I visit Iceland from England?

Some good news: At the time of writing, those living in England can plan a holiday to Iceland. It’s on the government’s green travel list.

But like all travel right now, it’s not as simple as booking your flight and hopping over there.

Iceland currently will let in fully-vaccinated (double-jabbed) Brits, or residents of Iceland who have been in the UK.

They have specific requirements for proof of vaccination here – and luckily they will accept proof of vaccination on the NHS Covid Pass.

You can also show evidence that you’ve already been infected with Covid-19 in the form of a certificate.

Everyone travelling to Iceland must also show proof of a negative PCR test, taken 72 hours before departure (or closer to your departure date).

Kirkjufell, Iceland Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash states visitors must ‘present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of your time of departure to Iceland (or get a ISK 100,000 (£573) fine for residents or a refusal of entry for visitors)’.

From August 16, it’s also required that the double-jabbed take a PCR or rapid antigen test within 48 hours of arrival in Iceland. These tests are free, and you won’t need to quarantine while you await the results.

These rules apply to all those who can prove their full vaccination status, or can prove they’ve been previously infected with a certificate.

If you do not have an acceptable certificate of vaccination or of previous infection, and are not a resident of Iceland, you can only travel for a very limited number of essential reasons to be given permission to travel.

The un-jabbed will need to do three tests to gain entry into the country: the pre-departure PCR test, as well as take another test on arrival, quarantine for five to six days, then a third test.

Once the result is proven negative, then you’ll be able to leave quarantine.

Finally, anyone entering Iceland is encouraged to download and use Rakning-19, the country’s Covid-tracing app.

Remember: travel rules are changing rapidly, so get the most up-to-date guidance and entry requirements on the FCO website and

When is the next travel review?

Every three weeks, the government makes an announcement about the traffic light system and if any countries are changing colour.

The last update was on Wednesday, August 4, so the next update will be on Wednesday, August 25.

Credit: Original article published here.

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