Hello and welcome to our travel guide to Iceland. Today, we will answer the most common question on travelers’ minds, “What is the Covid situation in Iceland?”
General Overview of Covid in Iceland
As of August, 2021, Iceland has had a total of 10,204 confirmed Covid cases, with a current active case count of 246. Unfortunately, Iceland has also experienced 33 Covid-related deaths. These numbers may be lower compared to other countries, but it is essential to note that Iceland has a small population of just over 360,000 people.
Iceland has set travel restrictions in place for those traveling to Iceland due to the pandemic. Currently, the restrictions vary based on the country of origin, and vaccination status. Visitors going to Iceland must either present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure, an approved vaccine certificate containing two doses of the vaccine, or proof of previous Covid infection. Travelers from high-risk countries must also undergo a five-day quarantine which can be shortened to three days if they test negative for Covid on the fifth day.
The current mask mandate in Iceland is that they are strongly recommended in public, especially if social distancing is not achievable. However, there is no mandate requiring their use.
Precautions to Take When Traveling to Iceland
Before traveling to Iceland, make sure you have travel insurance that will cover the cost of a Covid test if required and eventualities related to the virus. It is recommended that you carry disinfectant wipes and/or hand sanitizers to maintain good hand hygiene while out and about. In addition, it is also essential to be aware of the social distancing guidelines and requirements in public areas such as restaurants and shopping centers.
In conclusion, Iceland has managed to control the Covid situation in the country effectively. The number of confirmed cases has been relatively low, and the current restrictions set in place prioritize the health and safety of everyone in the country. If you have specific questions about travel to Iceland and Covid, it is advised to review the most up-to-date information from the Icelandic Directorate of Health website.
We hope this blog post has answered your question on the Covid situation in Iceland. Stay safe and enjoy your travels!