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Information regarding the Coronavirus - Covid -19

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Restrictions eased on May 1st for international arrivals to Iceland

(Updated Jan 18th, 2021)


Travelers with valid documentation, proving prior infection or vaccination, will be exempt from quarantine and PCR tests

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

From May 1st, arriving passengers who are in possession of valid documentation that proves prior infection or vaccination against covid-19 are exempt from all border measures.

Thus, travelers with valid documentation will not have to undergo PCR testing or be quarantined.

Other travelers, that have not been vaccinated or previously infected must undergo a screening process upon arrival. Border measures for screening depend on the departure country's risk assessment. The risk level of departure countries will be color-coded, see details below.

These are cautious steps for now but we are optimistic and hope that restrictions can be eased even more and simplified in the near future.

The Government of Iceland anticipates that vaccination will gradually reduce the risk that stems from the pandemic. In light of this, the border measures will be reviewed monthly, primarily with the aim to implement easing of restrictions if the situation allows.


Risk category rules for passengers

Country of departure. Color-coded risk level

After May 1st, passengers that have not been vaccinated or previously infected must undergo a screening process upon arrival. The screening process depends on the country of departure's risk level.

Departure countries will be risk-assessed into green, orange, and red zones.

Travelers departing from:Low and medium risk countries (green and orange): Can provide valid proof of negative PCR-test results to be exempt from a 5-6 day quarantine and a second screening. Passengers need to undergo one PCR test on arrival.High risk countries (red): Must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Iceland, followed by a 5-6 day quarantine and a second screening at the end of the quarantine period.All passengers that have not been vaccinated or previously infected and can not provide a valid negative PCR-test result upon arrival must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Iceland, followed by a 5-6 day quarantine and a second screening at the end of the quarantine period.



Updated on August 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 Arcanum 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 on our clients we ask our guests to be sensible in regards to their own health and of their fellow travelers when deciding on joining a tour. If you are unsure you can call us at +354 587 9999.

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: 

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


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.

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