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Ministry of Health, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Price for border screening decreases

Starting 1 July, passengers who choose to be tested on arrival will be charged a fee of ISK 11,000 if paid on site, but ISK 9000 if paid in advance. The fee is lower than initially announced (ISK 15000) as the testing has proven more cost-efficient than expected, due to higher testing capacity. 

Icelandic authorities started offering testing on arrival on 15 June. The testing has required good cooperation of many different entities, and so far, the operation has run smoothly. The participation of deCode Genetics has made it possible to analyse up to 2,000 samples per day, instead of the original estimate of a 500 test-per-day maximum. 

Border testing will continue in the coming weeks, but the need for testing will be evaluated regularly. 

Information on testing fees and payments

  • People who need to be tested more than twice in a 30-day period will be able to apply for a refund for the amount exceeding the monthly cap of testing fees, which is ISK 22000 per person per month.
  • Passengers arriving outside of business hours on a non-commercial flight can request to be tested on-site for a fee of up to ISK 30000. 
  • Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from testing and quarantine.
  • Those who choose to pay the screening fee in advance (lower fee) can do so online through a payment processing site. Payment must be made at least one day prior to arrival. 
  • Those who pay at the border (higher fee) can pay by cash or credit card. Cash payments will be subject to a fixed rate in several currencies, independent of the daily exchange rate.

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