Many highly infectious animal diseases can easily be carried on live animals, animal products such as raw meat and milk, people, clothes and shoes. Vehicles, including bikes and cars can also carry infectious diseases.
It is therefore most important that travellers take every precaution to prevent the introduction of infectious animal diseases into Iceland.
The Chief Veterinary Officer urges all travellers coming to Iceland to follow strictly the following precautionary measures:
1. There is a TOTAL ban on taking any raw meat or raw milk products to Iceland.
Meat and milk products must be clearly marked "FULLY COOKED/STERILIZED"
or "PASTEURIZED/MADE FOM PASTEURIZED MILK". If food is carried in
your car or in luggage, please declare this to Customs.
2. Only clean clothes and shoes, that have not been worn on farms or around farm animals, should be taken and worn in Iceland.
3. Only clean cars and other vehicles should be taken to Iceland. If they are dirty on arrival to Iceland, they will be cleaned and disinfected at the owners expense. It is prohibited to bring to Iceland cars or trailers that have been used to transport animals.
4. It is forbidden to bring live animals to Iceland.
5. Direct contact with farm animals should be avoided for the first two (2) days in Iceland.
Please note that on arrival in Iceland neccessary precautionary measures, before customs clearance, will involve inspection of your car and luggage and disinfection of vehicles and this may take some time and be of some cost to you.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in keeping infectious diseases out of Iceland.