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Iceland Adds 30 Third Countries to Its Safe Travel List

Icelandic authorities have announced that arrivals from 30 third countries have been allowed to enter the country from this week, with the latest risk assessment revealing that these countries are not at risk of an epidemic, reports.

This means that holders of vaccination and recovery certificates from the following countries can enter the country without quarantine requirements on arrival:

Argentina Australia Bahrain Bosnia and Herzegovina Canada Chile Colombia Hong Kong (SAR) Israel Jordan Kosovo Kuwait Lebanon Macau (SAR) Moldova Montenegro Namibia New Zealand North Macedonia Peru Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Taiwan Ukraine United Arab Emirates USA Uruguay

However, travelers from these countries that have not been vaccinated or cannot show evidence of previous infection are required to follow the following rules:

Submit a PCR test result taken 72 hours before departure Take a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival Take another PCR test on the 5th day of quarantine

Moreover, vaccinated travelers arriving in Iceland fall into two groups, and different entry rules apply to them, as the following list shows:

Vaccinated travelers with ties in Iceland are required to submit a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival. Travelers who have been vaccinated and who do not have ties in Iceland (without family, spouse or friend) are required to undergo a PCR test prior to departure. Similar rules apply to redemption certificate holders.

But those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 (from 14 days to 180 before travel) must submit the positive test to prove their previous infection – waiving the requirements for pre-departure and on-arrival testing. Refusal to take the test on arrival will be fined ISK 100,000 (665 euros).

With the exception of third countries, all EEA/EFTA nationals, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and citizens of Vatican City are also allowed to enter the country without quarantine requirements.

Furthermore, vaccination certificate holders must be vaccinated with a single vaccine (one-shot vaccine) or a two-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival in Iceland. The list of vaccines approved by Icelandic authorities consists of vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for use.

World Health Organization data shows that 186 positive cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Iceland in the past 24 hours. Since the pandemic began, COVID-19 infection has claimed the lives of 34 Icelanders, while 14,757 have tested positive for the disease.

Furthermore, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals that 77.7 percent of the population in Iceland received their first COVID vaccine, while 76.5 percent were fully vaccinated.

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