Iceland to Allow Entry of Eligible U.S. Citizens
Starting tomorrow, March 18, 2021, Iceland has announced it will allow the entry of eligible U.S. tourists. Entry will be granted to any visitor that can present valid proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. This includes vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
Visitors can present either an official paper copy or electronic vaccine certificate. Icelandic authorities have updated the requirements to reflect the information listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) certificate; previously the country had listed a requirement that nationality and passport number be listed. These details are not present on the standard CDC card, which caused initial confusion and concern over the feasibility of the measure.
Travelers that have previously been infected with – and recovered from – COVID-19 will be permitted entry to Iceland without an obligatory quarantine period. Valid documentation for this includes either a positive PCR test dated beyond 14 days old, or a positive antibody test.
Iceland has been notoriously tough with its entry requirements and restrictions. Previously, only citizens of EU/EEA countries that presented a negative test result before departure, a second negative result upon arrival, and completed a five-day quarantine period – followed by a third negative test, were permitted to enter the country and circulate.
U.S. travelers hoping to find flights to Iceland might still have a hard time with availability. At the moment, Icelandair operates flights between Keflavík International Airport (KEF) and Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) twice a week, on Monday and Thursday evenings. Return flights are scheduled on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, arriving at Logan Airport that same evening.
However, given this latest news and the upcoming summer travel season, it can be expected that airlines will expand their flight schedules and add more U.S. cities to the list.