Covid-19 Restrictions on Cruising: UK - Iceland


Status Summary

  1. Can I and my crew get to my boat and back?
    Yes. At no time, even in the height of the general lock-down, did Iceland close its borders. People arriving from certain countries – the list is kept under review but currently includes Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Germany – may arrive freely, but others must undergo a test on arrival to check for Covid19. Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival, which includes their contact information, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and a declaration of health. Information on place of residence for the next 14 days is also required by the Icelandic Public Health and Civil Protection Authorities for registration if quarantine becomes required. There is no special distinction between people arriving by air or by sea, but in small ports the testing facility may be some distance away, for instance in a local medical centre. Children born 2005 or later are exempt.

    Passengers arriving back in the UK from Iceland are not required to quarantine on arrival in the UK as Iceland is on the UK list of exempted countries.

  2. Restrictions sailing in-country and cross-border
    Once legally entered into the country, and having been tested with negative result, travel around Iceland so including sailing, is permitted.

  3. Social restrictions and requirements (and any special points)
    In the few days before the results of the Covid test are known people should:
    • not attend gatherings of more than ten people,
    • avoid close contact with individuals that are at risk of severe illness or otherwise vulnerable to the disease,
    • maintain a distance of two meters when interacting with others,
    • avoid handshakes and hugs,
    • practice good personal hygiene such as thorough hand-washing.
    However, during this period, people can:
    • use public transport to reach their destination,
    • go for a drive,
    • go grocery shopping,
    • meet friends and family with the above-mentioned limitation.

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Reviewed: 04/08/20

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