The Minister of Justice has decided that travel restrictions that came into effect on 15 June will continue to apply as of 1 July 2020.
According to an announcement of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland will soon lift travel restrictions for residents of fifteen states outside the EU/Schengen Area in line with the decision of EU Member States. Icelandic authorities are preparing the implementation of EU guidelines and a new regulation will be issued within the next few days. The travel restrictions from 15 June will continue to apply until the above-mentioned regulation has been issued.
Foreign nationals, who are neither EU/EEA nor EFTA nationals, therefore continue not to be allowed to enter Iceland unless they can demonstrate that their travel is essential.
To whom do the travel restrictions not apply?
The travel restrictions do not apply to:
- EU/EEA and EFTA citizens
- UK citizens
- Individuals with a valid residence permit in Iceland or any other EU/EEA or EFTA state
- Family members of Icelandic or other EU/EEA or EFTA citizens, in particular spouses, cohabiting partners, direct descendants and dependent direct relatives in the ascending line.
As of June 15, the above-mentioned individuals can choose to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival instead of 14 days of quarantine, see information for travellers to Iceland after 15 June.
Exemptions from travel restrictions
Foreign nationals, who are neither EU/EEA nor EFTA nationals, are exempted from the travel restrictions if they can demonstrate that their travel to Iceland is essential, including:
- passengers in airport transit,
- health and care workers on professional travel,
- transportation crews (airlines and freighters),
- individuals requiring international protection,
- individuals traveling because of acute family incidents,
- diplomats, international organization staff, members of armed forces traveling to Iceland for duty, or humanitarian aid workers,
- students - under the condition that their planned stay in Iceland is shorter than 90 days and that the purpose of the stay is to participate in an organized educational programme
- individuals who need to travel for jobs that are considered to be economically significant and cannot be carried out later or abroad.
Please note that the issuance of visas to Iceland has been stopped temporarily in many countries that issue visas on behalf of Iceland. Individuals who need a visa to travel to Iceland might therefore need to postpone their travel until the issuance of visas starts again.
Foreign nationals covered by the travel restriction, who need to travel to a Schengen Member State through Iceland in any of the above-mentioned purposes, are advised to contact the Member State they are traveling to for a written confirmation of their permission to enter the respective state’s territory. Without such a confirmation, such foreign nationals cannot be authorized to enter the Schengen Area in Iceland.