What are the current rules for school trips travelling to and from Iceland?

13 Dec 2021, 12:14 by Kate Moore


Are school trips to Iceland allowed in 2022?

School trips to Iceland are allowed for fully vaccinated teachers and unvaccinated/partly-vaccinated children travelling with them. These are the current requirements for school groups travelling to Iceland from December 2021.

This is our interpretation of the rules to enter Iceland. COVID-19 travel rules may be subject to change at short notice and may be different by the time your trip departs. 

What COVID-19 paperwork do school groups need to enter Iceland?

Non-vaccinated students, travelling from the UK with a fully vaccinated teacher, are permitted to enter Iceland for the purpose of an educational trip. 

This is the additional COVID-19 paperwork required for school trips to Iceland:

  • Children born in or after 2005 are exempt from travel restrictions but will need this consent form to enter Iceland completed and signed by their parent or guardian
  • All adults born in or before 2004 must be fully vaccinated to visit Iceland and must complete a pre-registration form before departure
  • The party leader must present this declaration, on behalf of the whole group, that states that they are exempt from travel restrictions
  • The party leader must also carry a letter from the school confirming the importance and purpose of the study visit to Iceland

Further information on travel restrictions to Iceland due to COVID-19 can be found on the website of the National Commissioner of Iceland.

The rules for school groups returning from Iceland

The Department for Transport has confirmed that children returning to England with a fully vaccinated teacher as part of a school trip will benefit from the same rules as the fully vaccinated adult, regardless of their vaccination status.

All travellers must complete and submit a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before returning to the UK. Through our industry body, the School Travel Forum, we are working with the Department for Transport to simplify the passenger locator form process for school groups.

The rules for school groups returning home from Iceland have changed. Click here for the testing requirements for school trips returning to the UK from abroad.

Can I travel to Iceland if I'm unvaccinated?

The current rules mean that unvaccinated adults cannot travel to Iceland without an essential reason to travel. The only exception is adults who can demonstrate that they have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

Children born in or after 2005 are currently allowed to travel to Iceland—vaccinated or not—when travelling with a fully-vaccinated teacher on a school trip.

Please bear in mind that travel restrictions could be imposed on unvaccinated children and adults in the future. Read more about vaccination requirements for school trips

More information from the COVID-19 Travel Hub

 

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