Traveling to Iceland during the COVID Pandemic

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Traveling to Iceland during the COVID Pandemic

Iceland actually sparked the first conversation I ever had with Jacob, so we decided to celebrate our 8th anniversary in the country that started it all!

How did you enter the country?
Any difficulties with your vaccination card when entering the destination?
None at all! They were really great in Iceland.
Did your children need to be vaccinated before arriving? If so, which ages? Also, did they need to wear a mask?
We have a 4 and 6 year old and neither of them had to be vaccinated to travel to Iceland. We did get our 6-year-old tested in advance and they accepted the rapid test for her. They didn't require any COVID testing for our 4-year-old.
Was your COVID test result accepted?
Yes, they were. You can take a rapid test if you're vaccinated, but a PCR test is required if you're not vaccinated.
Did the local government ask for travel or health insurance when you arrived?
They did not.
Did you experience any challenges with customs, immigration, or the health authorities related to COVID?
Nope. They looked at our documents and on we went!
If needed, were COVID tests easy to find and book at your destination?
There are only two places in Iceland that offer a COVID test, but it was super easy to schedule the test and get in and out.
Did you have any difficulties with testing or receiving your results on time?
We were all allowed to take a rapid test and had our results within an hour or so.
Was this destination abnormally crowded or empty?
It seemed normal, but there were not many people traveling with kids.
Did you have to show proof of vaccination on location? For example, when entering restaurants, shops, events, etc.?
Nope. We were never asked again and most places didn't require you to even wear a mask.
Were you required to wear a mask inside restaurants, event spaces, or public transportation? If you were able to choose, did you feel comfortable wearing or not wearing a mask?
We only wore a mask when we took a ferry ride to another island. If you were eating at restaurants, you didn't have to wear it.
Did the destination adapt physical distancing in day-to-day situations?
Most everything we did was outside, but it was never mentioned anywhere when we were inside.
Did restaurants, businesses, and public services take COVID-related sanitary precautions that you noticed?
Yes, most employees wore masks and they were always cleaning.
Were there additional requirements to travel within the region?
Not that I'm aware of. We had a great experience, and even with traveling with kids!
Were most attractions open? Were you able to visit the ones you wanted to attend?
Yep! Everything we wanted to see was open. Even the aquarium on the small island; which we were afraid it wouldn't be since it's so small.
Anything you found to be noteworthy about your trip related to traveling with additional restrictions and policies?
The rapid tests in Iceland go all the way back in the nose, so that was a little unpleasant for our kids.
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