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Ice­landic author­i­ties have intro­duced mea­sures to min­i­mize the impact of the COVID-19 pan­demic on film pro­duc­tion in Ice­land. These range from avail­able exemp­tions from tem­po­rary travel restric­tions to mod­i­fied quar­an­tine pro­ce­dures ensur­ing that film crews from abroad can start work from day one in Ice­land. We highly rec­om­mend work­ing with Ice­landic Pro­duc­tion Ser­vice Com­pa­nies. They have expe­ri­ence work­ing with pro­duc­ers on var­i­ous pro­jects dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic and know the reg­u­la­tions well.

Travel to and within Iceland

As of March 18 2021, all those who have been fully vac­ci­nated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Ice­land with­out being sub­ject to bor­der mea­sures, such as test­ing and quar­an­ti­ne. This includes cit­i­zens out­side the Schen­gens area, such as the UK and the USA.
Oth­er­wise the same rules apply, where arriv­ing pas­sen­gers in Ice­land must pre­sent a neg­a­tive PCR taken within 72 hours of their depar­ture to Ice­land. In addi­tion, arrivals are required to quar­an­tine for 5-6 days and then take another PCR test. The quar­an­tine is lifted when a neg­a­tive result (virus not detect­ed) is obtained from the sec­ond test.

Those who have con­firmed with PCR-test­ing or anti­body test­ing from an EU/EFTA state that they have pre­vi­ously had a COVID-19 infec­tion are exempt from quar­an­ti­ne. All those who pre­sent a valid inter­na­tional vac­ci­na­tion certificate for full vac­ci­na­tion with an approved vac­cine against COVID-19 are exempt.

For the most cur­rent infor­ma­tion on bor­der reg­u­la­tions and pro­ce­dures, please see Ice­land's offi­cial COVID-19 website.

Applications for a mod­i­fied quar­an­tine to avoid delay of pro­duc­tion

The Direc­torate of Health has pub­lished guide­lines for a mod­i­fied quar­an­tine for film pro­duc­tion, enabling pro­duc­tion teams to avoid delays after arriv­ing in Ice­land. Appli­cants must sub­mit a mod­i­fied quar­an­tine request to the Direc­torate of Health. It is essen­tial to review all the guide­lines and sub­mit all infor­ma­tion requested before send­ing in the appli­ca­tion.

Request for mod­i­fied quar­an­tine for film pro­duc­tion pro­jects (word doc­u­ment)

Mod­i­fied quar­an­tine for film pro­duc­tion pro­jects (pdf)

Check­list for work­place quar­an­tine prepa­ra­tion (pdf)


Before plan­ning to film in Ice­land in the few months (Feb­ru­ary – May) we rec­om­mend that you con­tact Film in Ice­land for fur­ther infor­ma­tion since rules are sub­ject to change quick­ly.
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