Arctic Council Ministerial

20 May 2021, Reykjavik, Iceland

The 12th Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council will mark the end of the two-year Icelandic Chairmanship term. The meeting will be held on 20th May 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland. It provides an opportunity to review the Council’s activities and accomplishments under Iceland’s Chairmanship. It will also see the Russian Federation assume the role for the next two years.

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Watch the livestream of the Ministerial meeting here on 20 May 2021, 08:30-11:30 GMT.

Media information

Organizing a Ministerial meeting during a pandemic is of course a challenge and it is a top priority for the Icelandic Chairmanship to provide a safe and secure environment and to minimize any risks associated with in-person gatherings. Therefore, Iceland has invited only Ministers and Heads of Delegations of the Permanent Participants to attend the meeting in person with as small delegations as possible, while other delegates are cordially invited to participate in the meeting through an online platform.

The Icelandic Chairmanship, however, welcomes media representatives to Iceland – following the national regulations as outlined below. A program for media representatives is currently under development. Media interested in covering the meeting from Iceland are welcome to submit their details for accreditation in the registration form. The Arctic Council Secretariat will follow up with more detailed information as this becomes available.

All journalists travelling independently from a national delegation will need to show one of the following; a) valid certificate of vaccination, b) valid certificate of prior infection, or c) proof of date of arrival and test results from second screening five days after arrival, in addition to a valid press card, a badge or a mandate issued and signed by the media that you represent, plus an official identity card when you pick up your badge.

Media advisory (please read before registering)

Media registration (online only available)

Add-on media program (registration deadline Monday, 17 May 12:00 GMT)

Media pool application for Ministers' arrival for dinner and meeting May 19 and 20 (registration closed)

Media contact

Kristina Bär
Head of Communications
+47 91 12 03 70


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Covid-19 updates

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, certain health protocols will have to be observed prior and upon arrival in Iceland. Please find the most up-to-date information on entry regulations and quarantine here:

Health protocols the Ministerial meeting

All arriving passengers entering Iceland must present one of the following upon arrival:

  • A negative PCR-test no older than 72 hours prior to departure OR
  • Certification of full vaccination with EMA approved vaccine* OR
  • Test results confirming presence of antibodies* OR
  • Test results confirming prior infection that is at least 14 days old (positive PCR-test result)*

* Please refer to the conditions for valid certification as laid out by the Chief Epidemiologist here.

Additionally, everyone, regardless of immunity status, are required to undergo a PCR-test upon arrival to Iceland. All travelers are in quarantine until the test result is returned negative, regardless of immunity status. Immunity status will decide what happens once a negative PCR-test has been received.

Please note, the modified quarantine for journalists on assignment in Iceland offered by the by the Chief Epidemiologist does not apply to journalists covering the Ministerial meeting.

Journalists who are fully vaccinated, have proof of antibodies or previous infection do not need to quarantine and can move around freely and interact with other locals.

Journalists who are not vaccinated and do not have proof of antibodies or previous infection must quarantine for five days after arrival in Iceland. After five days, journalists may test out of quarantine by undergoing a second PCR-test. Only if and once the second test result is negative are journalists free from quarantine.

Badges can be picked up at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 18 and 19 May. Journalists that need to quarantine for five days, according to the rules outlined above, need to arrive in Iceland no later than 14 May.

When picking up your badge you need to show one of the following upon arrival at the Ministerial venue a) valid certificate of vaccination, b) valid certificate of prior infection, or c) proof of date of arrival and test results from second screening five days after arrival, in addition you are requested to present a valid press card, a badge or a mandate issued and signed by the media that you represent, plus an official identity card.

Rules are frequently being updated, please refer to for the most updated information. Please note that you risk not being admitted into the country and/or the Ministerial meeting venue if you do not adhere to these rules.

To ensure the safety of all delegates and the local community, the Icelandic Chairmanship will continue to work with Icelandic health authorities to define a set of health protocols for the Ministerial meeting. These are likely to include but may not be limited to, the following: strict social distancing protocols, temperature screening, protocols on the use of face masks, and protocols for interaction between delegations. Further details on the modalities for the modified quarantine applicable to the Ministerial meeting will be provided closer to the meeting.

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