As of Friday April 24 anyone arriving in Iceland must undergo a 14-day quarantine from their day of arrival. At the same time, temporary internal Schengen border controls will be introduced, according to a joint statement by the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Health. The rules are valid until June 15 2020.
Who is required to go into quarantine when entering Iceland?
The quarantine requirement applies to people, regardless of nationality, arriving from countries and areas defined with high risk of infection. At present, this applies to all countries except the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Which countries and areas are defined as high-risk areas shall be regularly reassessed.
Why does everyone have to go into quarantine?
The COVID-19 outbreak in Iceland has now been largely contained and only a few new cases are diagnosed each day. One of the most important factors in controlling the outbreak and preventing a widespread epidemic in Iceland is to ensure that the disease does not spread from other countries, neither through persons residing in Iceland nor tourists.
How will the quarantine rules be enforced?
Temporary border controls for arrivals from the Schengen area have been established in accordance with the Foreign Nationals Act and the regulation on cross-border travel. Travelers arriving in Iceland will be required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator form and present it at border points.
Thus, it will be a precondition for entering Iceland that necessary information about where a person will stay in quarantine and how it will be organised is made available to authorities.
Who can travel to Iceland?
Travel restrictions to Iceland are effective until June 15, according to which foreigners who are neither EU/EEA nor EFTA nationals, are not allowed to enter Iceland unless they can demonstrate that their travel is essential.