Current Travel Restrictions in Iceland (Covid-19 July 2021) - Hotel Rangá

Current Travel Restrictions in Iceland (Covid-19 July 2021)

After over a year of lockdowns and restrictions, we know that travelers from around the world are itching to explore. Below, we walk through the current travel restrictions in Iceland and some of the key things you need to know when deciding whether to make Iceland your first post-lockdown destination.
The African Suite at Hotel Rangá
The African Suite at Hotel Rangá. A photo by Ása Steinarsdóttir.

What Are the Current Travel Restrictions in Iceland (Covid-19 July 2021)?

Iceland’s borders are now open to visitors from around the world, including citizens from outside the Schengen Area, such as those from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Asia.

Wherever you are coming from, all visitors to Iceland must adequately demonstrate they have:

As of July 27, 2021, fully vaccinated passengers or those who have previously recovered from COVID-19 born 2004 and earlier, must present a negative PCR or antigen test (not older then 72 hrs.) prior to boarding a vessel to Iceland.


If you aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 and have not previously recovered from the infection

According to current travel restrictions in Iceland you must:

  • Submit a certificate of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 before boarding your transportation to Iceland
  • Undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Iceland
  • Quarantine for five days upon arrival, regardless of your PCR test results
  • Undergo a further PRC test five days after arrival

You can find out more about Iceland’s travel restrictions and related details in this blog post: Iceland in 2021 Covid Measures or at


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Planning to extend your travels after visiting Iceland?

Please note that there are active restrictions across Europe that may prevent you from traveling from Iceland to other European countries. You will not be permitted to travel from Iceland unless you can provide proof that you’re exempt from the active travel restrictions at your destination.


Helicopter in Icelandic nature


If you need to take a PCR test upon departure from Iceland, the staff at Hotel Rangá can help you book a test. Learn more about the current restrictions and government guidance for traveling to and within Iceland.


How Has Iceland Handled the Pandemic?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iceland has imposed strict controls, such as restricting large gatherings and requiring masks in public areas. Over the past year, our government has also implemented a series of more intense lockdowns to prohibit the spread of the disease. Icelanders have worked together to reduce the spread by wearing masks and staying home.


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We collaborated with local artists to paint our rooms, making each room unique.


Since December 2020, Iceland has been inviting residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Uptake has been high, with almost 90% of those over 16 years old having received their first dose and 61% of the total population being fully vaccinated. All eligible Icelandic residents are expected to have been offered both doses by the middle of July.

As of June 26, 2021, Iceland has removed all domestic COVID-19 restrictions, including mask-wearing. Read more here.


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Staying Safe at Hotel Rangá

At Hotel Rangá, the health and safety of our staff and guests is our top priority. We have implemented various safety measures that will stay in place throughout 2021.

Our staff uses thorough cleaning and sanitizing protocols to clean all rooms, and we have increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing in all public spaces, especially high-touch areas.

We also provide hand sanitizer for our guests throughout the hotel. Our goal is to make our guests feel safe and comfortable during their entire stay with us. Find out more about our safety measures or contact us if you have specific questions or concerns.


Breakfast in bed at Hotel Rangá
The Icelandic Suite at Hotel Rangá. Photo by Brent Darby


Why Visit Iceland and Hotel Rangá?

As the world begins its return to normality, Iceland’s borders are opening up and the Hotel Rangá family is ready to welcome guests with open arms. Book your stay with us today and discover all that our wonderful country has to offer—from glaciers and waterfalls to hot springs and black sand beaches.



Hotel Rangá is ideally located in the countryside along the southern coast of Iceland. Our property features stunning views of the Rangá River and the Eyjafjallajökul glacier volcano. Top sights along the south coast of Iceland, such as SeljalandsfossSkógafoss, and Vík’s incredible black sand beaches are just a short drive away.


Hotel Rangá at night
Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir


The national park Þingvellir is also nearby, as is the famous Great Geysir and beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. There are plenty of options for discovery—from buggy adventures and horseback riding to snowmobiling.

We know many people worldwide have spent more than enough time indoors due to COVID-19. Iceland offers the perfect getaway for travelers looking to get outside and explore.

Ready for your unique Icelandic adventure? Book your stay at Hotel Rangá today—we can’t wait to welcome you.

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