Quarantine Required for Children Arriving in Iceland

Vala Hafstað

Starting today, January 13, children born in 2005 or later are required to go into quarantine, along with their parents or guardians, upon arrival in Iceland. A new regulation to this effect has been issued by Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir, mbl.is reports.

The regulation, based on recommendations from the chief epidemiologist, will be in effect through January 31.

According to the government website, this new requirement is being made based on the fact that the pandemic has been on the rise abroad recently, largely due to the emergence and spread of a new strain, first identified in Britain. This new strain has been found to be more infectious than earlier strains, and there are indications that children are more susceptible to it than they are to other strains of the virus.

As before, though, children are exempt from being tested for the coronavirus upon arrival in the country. See detailed information here on what to bear in mind when visiting Iceland.

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