Before we begin, Hidden Iceland would like to say a big thank you to all our guests, past and present, who are standing by us and showing their support during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. Whether you have already joined us and continue to promote our great service, or you are patiently waiting to rearrange that planned trip, THANK YOU! We are truly grateful for your business and support.
Restrictions Easing from May 1st 2021! From May 1st cautious steps will be taken to ease restrictions at the border. With the ongoing vaccination programs throughout the world, a gradual improvement in the situation is expected. It will be possible for those that that have been vaccinated and/or have certificates showing that they have recovered from COVID (with antibodies) to travel without any restrictions. This should also make it possible to ease restrictions for people travelling from areas where the pandemic is under control.
Countries will be risk-assessed into green, orange, and red zones according to data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Passengers from low-risk countries will be exempt from quarantine and a second screening if they can provide proof of a negative PCR test prior to departure. For more information on the border restrictions, and the criteria for countries according to risk zones, read more here.
Been Vaccinated or Recovered from COVID-19? If you can answer yes to the above question then you are exempt from border testing or restrictions. People who are in possession of valid documentation that proves prior infection (and recovery) or vaccination against covid-19 are free to enter Iceland. Currently, the only accepted forms of proof of this are positive PCR-tests and certificates of presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 from a laboratory within the EEA/EFTA-area. In regards to proof of vaccination the only accepted form is the international certificate of vaccination. Further conditions and specifications regarding other types of certificates are looking to be considered, and will likely be accepted in time.
Tight Border Restrictions Until May 1st 2021 The Icelandic Government, along with the EU, has proposed that travellers from within Schengen, UK and EU countries, as well a select list of safe countries (as designated by the EU) are able to travel to and enter Iceland. However until May 1st 2021, the following restrictions apply in order to be able to enter Iceland. Upon arrival you will need to be tested for COVID-19 at KEF Airport, this is then followed by 5 days of ‘hard’ quarantine, and then a second PCR test on the 5th day of quarantine. Once the second test results are confirmed negative you are free to travel in line with the social distancing requirements that are expected by all in Iceland. As of the 19th of November 2020 all border testing is free on arrival.
Border Testing & Quarantine Details Pre-registration prior to traveling to Iceland is required to provide your contact information, address during your stay in Iceland and declaration of health. You can fill out the required pre-registration form online here. The first test is at the border on arrival and the 2nd test is by the primary health care service on the 5th day of quarantine. The second test results should be expected back within 24 hours. In between the two tests it is required to quarantine as per the requirements detailed here. The second test can be done in Reykjavik, and at health care services all over the country. Those born after 2005 do not need to take a test to avoid quarantine. Travellers are also requested to download the Icelandic contagion tracing app.
Still Unsure? Get in touch! These restrictions are not completely straightforward, and will ultimately depend on where you are travelling from. If you have questions about your upcoming tour, or are looking to travel to Iceland and want assistance working through these entry requirements please contact our team who are happy to answer any questions. Read on for what Hidden Iceland is doing in response to COVID-19
Hidden Iceland measures due to COVID-19
Taking into consideration the spread of COVID-19, we at Hidden Iceland are doing everything we can to minimize the risk of infection on our tours, following the guidelines of our health authorities, so that you can enjoy your adventure with an ease of mind. Hidden Iceland fully suspended operations from March 15th until June 18th. At time of writing we are taking bookings for 2021 and operating small group and private tours (cautiously).
With this in mind, we have reviewed our tour operations with safety of our guests and employees. Below is what we are doing, and require you to do, to maintain yours and our guides safety:
No handshakes! Sorry! Limiting physical contact is an easy and effective way to minimise the risk of infection.
Maintain a 2 meter distance between you and others. At times this may not be possible, for instance at restaurants, within the bus and on glacier hikes. Where you cannot maintain 2 metres distance you will need to wear a mask.
We require you to comply with the requirement of wearing a mask when it is unavoidable to be within 2 metres of people from a different household. Please bring mask(s) if you have them, if not we can provide masks.
We have reduced group sizes to try and space guests out over the bus. We kindly ask clients to enter and exit the vehicle in a controlled manner in order to avoid passing others too often, and sitting spread out over the bus. At times on the bus it may be necessary to wear a mask where you cannot maintain 2 metres distance. Please use the same seats all day. Families and people who live in close proximity (couples for example) are fine to sit together within 2 metres and without a mask, if they are more than 2 metres from people from another household.
We have placed sanitising stations by the entrance of the vehicle and we please ask that you sanitise your hands when entering and leaving the vehicle as well as practicing hand washing when possible throughout the day
Helmets, glacier crampons, ice axes and other safety equipment is cleaned after each use according to manufacturer’s technical notes
All shared contact surfaces in the vehicle are cleaned with disinfectant after each tour as well as at various times during the day.
What can you do?
Keep at least 2 metre distance from others at all times possible. If this is not possible please wear a mask.
Bring a mask to wear. If you do not have a mask tell us before your tour and we can provide you with one.
When going on a glacier hike or other activities that require you to wear a helmet, wear a buff or a beanieunderneath. We do clean them well, but an extra layer helps minimise contact.
Wearing gloves minimises your risk of infection when touching common surfaces throughout the day.
Wash your hands with soap and water, and use a disinfectant frequently. A disinfectant sanitiser is available in each vehicle at the entrance.
Avoid shaking hands, hugs, and kisses. Smiles and waving are the trends of the year.
If you need to sneeze or cough, try to do it into your elbow or in a napkin.
Follow common guidelines for sanitation and measures to reduce spread of COVID-19 (WHO, CDC, UK NHS).