COVID Testing before returning to the U.S.
There has been a lot of discussion about COVID testing before returning to the U.S. We just returned to the States yesterday, July 17, and I thought I would share our experience. Your experience may differ and rules are changing constantly, but I know a lot of people have questions about the process.
We spent 12 days in Iceland driving the Ring Road. Eight days prior to leaving Iceland we went to travel.covid.is and clicked on Order a Test. This testing site is only available in the city of Reykjavik and you can select a test and time slot up to one week in advance. (You can also get a test near the airport in Keflavik, but I don’t know about that process.)
Once you verify your email or phone number, you fill out your information and select either the PCR or Rapid Test. The Rapid Test is accepted in the United States and there is no need to do the PCR test which takes up to 24 hours for results. I just looked on my VISA and the Rapid test cost us $32.00 for each person.
The location of the test is at Sudurlandsbraut 34 in Reykjavik and is only about a 5 to 10 minute drive from downtown. We arrived about 30 minutes before our time slot and there was a very long line, but the line moved fast. When you get to the door you show a person the barcode that was emailed to you and they send you in one direction for a PCR test and another direction for the Rapid test. We were in and out in about 15 minutes. Our results we sent to us via email in about an hour.
When we arrived at the airport to check in, the agent asked us to show them this certificate which we presented on our phone. That was it. A few minutes before our plane landed in Seattle the flight attendant said we needed to show the results again as we left the plane, but this never happened. We just cleared customs and no one asked for the negative test.
I hope this helps.