Stricter Border Measures in Iceland as of Friday

Vala Hafstað

Stricter border measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be adopted in Iceland, starting Friday, mbl.is reports. Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir states that the suggestions of Chief Epidemiologists Þórólfur Guðnason to this effect have been approved. The new rules will be in effect through April 30.

Everyone arriving in Iceland will be required to present a certificate, showing negative results of a PCR test, taken within 72 hours of departure. Such a certificate will have to be presented before departure to Iceland and upon arrival. In addition, every arriving passenger must be tested for the coronavirus upon arrival in the country and again four to five days later.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Iceland will be required to stay at a quarantine facility if no other adequate accommodation in isolation is available. If an individual tests positive and has a variant of the virus known to be more contagious or known to cause a more serious illness than do other variants, then he or she will without exception be required to stay at a quarantine facility.

The chief epidemiologist suggested as well that no exemption from disease prevention rules be given to people who present a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination once they arrive in the country. This suggestion has not been approved by the minister of health, who states that it needs further examination.

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