Iceland to Reopen. What you need to know.

Travel restrictions in Iceland are beginning to ease. In fact, as of June 15, 2020, Iceland began to welcome passport-holders from the Schengen area and UK. However, AAA Travel wants our members to know that North American passport-holders must wait until July 1. However, this is highly subject to change. The flight schedule for US gateways is dependent on the easing of local restrictions, and flight availabilities. This seems to be evaluated daily. But, if everything goes as hoped, we are on our way. We’ve all waited this long, what is a few more days?

In an attempt to control the outbreak and minimize the strain on the healthcare system, Iceland implemented various testing and tracing measures, together with social gathering bans and social distancing measures. The Icelandic approach has been hailed as a success. Due to the low number of new COVID-19 infections in May, gathering restrictions were eased, and most businesses have reopened.

For international travelers, there is a catch.
Passengers arriving in Iceland from June 15 can choose one of the following options:

  1. Be tested for COVID-19
  2. Go into a 14-day quarantine

The test is free of charge until July 1 and will cost 15,000 ISK (110 USD) from then on. Children born in 2005 or later will be exempt from the test. There is not an option to bring a test result from your home to be exempt from testing upon arrival. Travelers to Iceland are required to fill out a pre-registration form before their arrival in the country.

Detailed, up-to-date questions and answers regarding the testing policy can be found online at the official COVID-19 site published by the Icelandic authorities:

Airlines are preparing in response, including Icelandair.

Icelandair is temporarily allowing customers to bring one personal item onboard, which must fit under the seat. This policy, in place of the standard two personal item allowance, aims to reduce the number of touchpoints while on board. Accordingly, Icelandair will accommodate approved carry-on baggage in the hold free of charge until further notice.

But be prepared to have your facial mask with you. The wearing of face masks is required for customers and cabin crew on all Icelandair flights, covering both the nose and mouth. While face masks are mandatory from the time one boards our aircraft until they disembark, the airline also recommends using facial masks during your time at the airport.

As you plan for Iceland, or Ireland, or any land – you may have questions. To speak to a AAA Travel Counselor call 1-800-222-7448.