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Iceland - your guide to 2021 travel

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Travelling to Iceland - your complete guide to entry requirements, restrictions and recommendations

Iceland has been on the UK’s green list since it was first implemented. The entry requirements are favourable for those fully vaccinated. This blog will give you a rundown of the entry requirements for travel to Iceland, any restrictions that are in place and a couple of recommendations to get you dreaming of your Iceland adventure.

What tests do you need to travel to Iceland?

To enter Iceland, you need to have had both doses of the vaccine or have proof of a previous positive Covid-19 test (meaning you will have antibodies). If you have either of these, you do not need to show a negative PCR test result to enter. When you arrive in Iceland, you will need to take a PCR test (this is free of charge) and wait at your accommodation while the results are being processed. If it is negative, you will then be free to begin your holiday.

Before your departure, you must take a Return to the UK test. This is due to Government regulations stating that all arrivals must have tested negative for Covid-19 within 72hrs of their arrival. Qured’s LFD test can be used for Return to the UK. You should order this test before you depart from the UK and take it with you. While you are in Iceland, you will have a video consultation with one of our Health Advisors while you take your test.

Once you arrive back in the UK, you are required to take a Day 2 test. This is a PCR test and must be booked before you arrive in the UK (border control will ask for proof of purchase). You do not need to quarantine when you arrive, unless your Day 2 test comes back positive.

Don’t forget to fill in your passenger location forms for both legs of the journey!

Social distancing measures in Iceland

Iceland has lifted the majority of their restrictions; however, there are still some to be aware of. They include:

  • The general gathering limit is 150 people.
  • Restriction numbers do not apply to public transport and domestic flights.
  • The 2-meter social distancing rule remains in force except in restaurants, at events where guests are seated and in bathing facilities. There, the requirement is 1 meter.
  • The obligation to wear face masks is relaxed (it is required at some events but abolished in shops and restaurants)
  • Stores have limits on customer numbers based on their size.
  • Swimming pools and bathing facilities, campsites, skiing facilities, galleries and museums can admit their total capacity of visitors.
  • Restaurants, nightclubs and bars can be open until 11pm, with guests needing to have left the premises by midnight.

For up-to-date restrictions, please visit Iceland Air.

Iceland recommendations

Iceland is an incredible adventure destination, perfect for those who love to see the wonders of the world and want to have some once in a lifetime experiences. See my recommendations below.

A nice landscape shot of Iceland

Reykjavik

It is an excellent base for your Iceland adventure, with colourful houses, amazing views from the cathedral and waterfront, and world-famous hot dogs. Make sure you spend a day enjoying this vibrant city.

Swim between two tectonic plates at Silfra Fissure

Book in for a snorkel at Silfra Fissure and experience the incredible blues and greens found in the water between the North American and European tectonic plates. Have a drink while swimming to taste pure glacial water.

Explore black sand beaches

Walk on Iceland’s famous black sand beaches made up of volcanic ashes, see the stunning panoramic views over the Atlantic, and watch the waves crash.

Hike on a glacier

Go on a trip to hike over a glacier. You will be treated to exceptional views and a truly fantastic experience. The hikes themselves are a couple of hours long, with tour guides providing an in-depth knowledge of the glacier and how it has changed.

Written by Lauren MacEwan, Business Development at Qured


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