Everyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to PCR testing and quarantine, including all United States citizens, the country has announced. Travelers entering the country—beginning Thursday, March 18, 2021—must provide proof of full vaccination with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medical Agency such as Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson’s single dose, and Moderna vaccines, as well as requirements defined by the chief epidemiologist of Iceland and Icelandic regulations.
The exemption also applies to those, including U.S. citizens, who can provide valid proof of prior infection. Documentation on prior infections must be in accordance with the requirements defined by the chief epidemiologist.
“We are excited to safely reopen our borders to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens, as well as those who are no longer susceptible to the virus,” says Sigríður Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, head of Visit Iceland, said in a press statement. “Tourism is a very valuable industry for Iceland, as it contributes to our economy and culture. With the support of approved vaccines, the targeted measures taken by Icelandic officials, experts, scientists and the general population to continuously keep the infection rate down, as well as a focused reopening plan designed to keep the Icelandic people and tourists healthy, we are now able to safely extend an exemption to U.S. travelers.”
Previously, only citizens of the European Union (E.U.)/ European Economic Area (E.E.A.) who showed a negative PCR test prior to their departure to Iceland, a negative PCR test at the border followed by a five-day quarantine, and a third negative test after quarantine, were allowed to enter the country. Iceland has also maintained a policy of exempting from all border measures those who have presented proof of vaccination or prior infections issued in the E.U./E.E.A.