Important Information for 2021 travellers
Welcome to a special page during special times. We aim to keep the page updated to provide the newest information on how to travel to and from Iceland in 2021.
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The requirement for testing and quarantine after travel:
New border measures will come into force on February 19 2021 which requires all arriving passengers in Iceland to present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland. This is in addition to the current system of double screening, which also requires all arriving passengers to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test. Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection. Read more about this here…
Current rules require all travelers arriving in Iceland from risk areas for COVID-19 to undergo testing for COVID-19 at the border. Currently, all countries and territories are defined as risk areas. All arriving travelers need to pre-register at covid.is . From 12 January 2021 children born 2005 and later need to quarantine with their parent/guardian but are exempt from screening. Children born 2005 and later traveling alone need to undergo testing after 5 days of quarantine after arrival. See details at covid.is .
Certificates accepted at the border for exemption of testing:
- Confirmation of previous COVID-19 infection:
See requirements here .
- Certificates of vaccination against COVID-19:
Certificate of vaccination from the EEA/EFTA-area if they fulfill the requirements as set forth by the Chief Epidemiologist. Those requirements are listed in this document.
Certificates from the World Health Organization (WHO) will also be accepted once WHO has authorized their use for COVID-19 vaccinations and set criteria for which vaccines can be listed in their certificate. Presently, COVID-19 vaccinations registered in the International Certificate of Vaccination (the Carte Jaune or Yellow Card) cannot be accepted as such registration is not done according to WHO instructions.
Certificates may be in paper or electronic format. Border control will evaluate whether a certificate is valid and will consult a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (health care worker) as needed. The final decision of whether a certificate is valid is at the discretion of the Chief Epidemiologist. If a passenger presents a document that is deemed invalid, i.e. if any of the necessary requirements are missing, the passenger must, as other arrival passengers, undergo double testing with quarantine in between.
A vaccine certificate is required to include the following:
- Be in the Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, or French language.
- First name and last name (as in travel documents).
- Date of birth.
- Passport number (or travel document number).
- Name of disease vaccinated against (COVID-19)
- When vaccinations were performed (dates)
- Vaccination must be complete; see below the required doses for full vaccination for each vaccine.
- Information on the issuer of the certificate (supervising clinician/administering center), with signature of the International Certificate of Vaccination.
- The vaccine administered – only vaccinations with vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are valid.
- Manufacturer and batch/lot no. of the vaccine.
Vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency: (Name of vaccine, authorization holder/manufacturer; number and interval between doses for vaccination to be complete)
- Comirnaty; Pfizer-BioNTech; 2 doses with 19 – 42 days apart
- COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna; Moderna Biotech Spain; 2 doses at least 28 days apart
Please note that although these certificates are accepted at the Icelandic border for exemption of testing and quarantine on arrival that does not necessarily apply in general in other countries/territories.
The best way to travel
In a Camper or Motor Home you are able to avoid crowds. The Icelandic government has issued rules how to travel when you are in Iceland. We are happy about our governments decision to keep all travelers save.
Camp Grounds are open
The campgrounds opened early this year due to the fact that many Icelanders decided to stay in Iceland this year. The government issued rules that apply to tourism this year.
Certificates regarding previous COVID-19 infection that are accepted at the border in Iceland from 10 December 2020
Cook yourself & save money
One of the great things about a camper is that you can cook yourself. You can go shopping in the local stores and profit from far better rates then going to a Restaurant.
Iceland is safe and Quarantine needed
All passengers that arrive in Iceland have to undergo a COVID-19 test or to go for a 14-day quarantine. If you choose the test you only need to go to quarantine for 4-6 days (possible in the Motor Home). After that you are tested again. The benefit of knowing that you are COIVID-19 free and you are entering a safe country brings a peace to our minds.
Our vehicles are rented out 13 days average to 5 -8 customers per year. In a Hotel the guest change daily or 75 – 104 times during the same period. Needless to say a camper is a great way to travel.
RECEIVE OUR NEWS, UPDATES AND OFFERS
Especially in times like this we recommend staying informed. Our team sends out news directly from Iceland and normally we are the quickest way to find out what is really going on. At the same time we inform about special deals and interesting news from our company.
What we Do
Camper Iceland is open
Perhaps one of a few years in the history of tourism where the sites are almost empty.
Contact free pick up
You can use our pre checkin system to sign all contracts and add all extras. The instruction can be watched on YouTube.
As usual Camper Iceland provides the best information service on the market. Including the translation of the latest news in the travel industry. Scoll down for more information..
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Please read this carefully
Visit the website covid.is. The Directorate of Health and The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management are responsible for this website. You find all the information on COVID here.
Buy a travel insurance
We offer travel insurances on our website or you can check with your local insurance company. Check the small print whether the insurer refunds if Iceland gets locked down (considered highly unlikely at the moment).
Please read the frequently asked questions to find solutions on traveling in 2020
Dear Customer, dear Guest
Camper Iceland is a strong brand. Not everybody survived the crisis in 2008 and two volcanic eruptions incl. Eyjafjallajökull to say the least. We follow the tourism standards and our policy is comparable with other brands. Let's get through this crisis together folks!
We understand that this is a difficult time for everybody. It is difficult for you, for our employees, for our family and for the company. Everything that is happening right now was probably not caused by you or us. We must rely on our governments to decide the right thing to do. All we can do is follow these rules and hope for a bright future.
Lately we have been reading much promising news that things are going back to normal. Hence, we recommend to everybody to remain calm, and we hope to see you soon.
On this page we try to gather information from the local government and point out what it means in terms of a booking with us. The information is based on research that we do the web. We cannot be held responsible if our interpretation is wrong or outdated.
Travel to and within Iceland
All arriving passengers who have stayed in a risk area for more than 24 hours are obligated to undergo two tests for the detection of COVID-19 after arrival in Iceland with a quarantine between tests. Children born 2005 or later who travel with parents/guardians go into quarantine with them. The first test is at the border and the second one 5 days later. Children born 2005 or later who travel alone are obligated to undergo a test after 5 days in quarantine upon arrival. The quarantine is lifted when a negative result (virus not detected) is obtained from the second testing.
Connecting passengers who do not go beyond the respective border-crossing point either have to quarantine nor undergo testing. Connecting passengers who go beyond the border-crossing but stay in Iceland for less than 48 hours are allowed to quarantine instead of undergoing a test according to this provision.
Those who have confirmed with PCR-testing or antibody testing from an EU/EFTA state that they have previously had a COVID-19 infection are exempt from quarantine. All those who present a valid international vaccination certificate for full vaccination with an approved vaccine against COVID-19 are exempt.
A certificate is required to include the following details:
Be in the Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English language.
First name and last name (as in travel documents).
Date of birth.
When test was performed (date).
Where test was performed (country/city/address).
Name of laboratory/issuer of certificate.
Date of certifcate.
Phone number of laboratory or responsible authority.
Type of test performed (PCR-test or antibody test with ELISA/serologic assay**).
Result of test (PCR-test positive for SARS-CoV-2 or antibodies present).
Important! Certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 or confirmation of previous COVID-19 infection can not exempt individuals from the current travel restrictions. These certificates can only exempt individuals who are already authorised to travel to Iceland from quarantine and testing requirements. Third country citizens who have had full vaccination against COVID-19 or have a confirmed previous COVID-19 infection can therefore still not travel to Iceland unless they can present documents upon arrival to prove to be exempt from the current travel restrictions.
Travel restrictions Icelandic borders are open to the residents and citizens of the EEA and Switzerland, and Iceland follows the travel restrictions of the outer borders of the Schengen area which are in effect at present. Here you will be able to find all necessary information on the travel restrictions applicable for travel to Iceland due to COVID-19.
Pre-registration Pre-registration for arrivals to Iceland. All travellers are under obligation to complete a registration form, follow infection prevention rules and are encouraged to download the Rakning C-19 app (a tracking app). Pre-registration does not constitute travel authorisation.
The Rakning C-19 app The app is used is used to send information on negative results from screening tests and to help track infections if necessary. The Rakning C-19 app – Information and instructions
Border screening and quarantine
The first screening is performed at the border on arrival. Thereafter, arriving passengers are to undergo quarantine for 5–6 days according to the instructions for home-based quarantine or quarantine guidelines for persons traveling to Iceland.
Persons traveling to Iceland may not be picked up at the airport. This includes family members and friends. Arrivals to Iceland must take the flybus, a taxi, a rental car or a private car that has been dropped off at the airport.
Testing at the border is free of charge. It is important to read the instructions on the screening process, i.e. the procedure used after arrival in Iceland.
Main points to keep in mind regarding quarantine:
You may obtain necessary medical treatment services on condition of having first contacted your nearest healthcare centre, Læknavakt/1700, the emergency hotline 112 or + 354 544 4113 if phoning from an overseas telephone number.
You may go for walks in less frequented areas but must keep at least two metres away from other pedestrians.
You may not have physical contact with others who share the home and must take the greatest care to ensure cleanliness and try to maintain a distance of at least 1–2 metres when in contact with other members of the household.
You may not use public transport (domestic flights, buses, coaches), only taxis, rental cars and private cars.
You may not go to restaurants, bars or gatherings of any form, such as swimming pools, cinemas, the theatre, shops or other places where large numbers of people congregate.
You may not undertake personal errands or go shopping. This includes pharmacies, supermarkets, post offices, banks, etc. Delivery services are available from Internet shops and restaurants.
You may not go to work or school.
You may not go on excursions and may not drive long distances, except between a border crossing and your final quarantine destination if such location is in a different region.
Subsequent screening and quarantine until the results are sent
Your second screening test will be performed in a healthcare centre. Screening is performed in a numberof locations around Iceland. Please note that not all healthcare centres have the same opening hours.Your obligation to remain in quarantine will be removed as soon as you receive a negative result from your second screening.
A positive result will always result in isolation, and in such cases, the instructions on home isolation must be followed. The diagnosis, treatment and the monitoring of notifiable diseases, including COVID-19, is free of charge. This does not apply to optional testing for COVID-19. The second screening is free of charge.
A negative result from border screening does not mean that you can ignore the quarantine obligation if it becomes clear that you have been exposed to infection, such as if you sat near an infected person during aircraft travel. Those who are unexpectedly quarantined and who do not have access to a quarantine facility may take advantage of public quarantine facilities.
On offer is a list of guesthouses/hotels that accept quarantine guests.
Please note that violations of quarantine or isolation rules are subject to fines and the involvement of the authorities to prevent violations.
Other important information
People who are travelling are advised to familiarise themselves with the travel advice of the authorities as regards COVID-19.
It is important that persons who find it difficult to leave locations in which they find themselves to contact the citizens’ services by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or sending a message via Facebook. In emergencies, you can contact the emergency citizens’ service of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs by calling +354 545 0112. Information services are provided at any time (24/7).
Principal information on the rights of travellers as regards COVID-19 may be found on the website of Ferðamálastofa.
In closing, it is always worth remembering to ensure general hygiene, particularly washing your hands with soap and water.
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