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Iceland Extends Border Control & Quarantine Measures Until January 15

The authorities in Iceland will maintain the current border control measures in place until January 15, 2022, in order to prevent a further increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.

The decision was confirmed by the country’s health ministry and came after an estimate that the number of infections in Iceland and several other countries had seen an increase, based on a suggestion made by the chief epidemiologist, reports.

In addition, the mandatory quarantine requirement will also be kept in place until January 15, 2022, in line with the recommendation of the chief epidemiologist.

The chief epidemiologist noted that the epidemic is growing rapidly, the number of seriously ill people is increasing, and the epidemic has begun to have negative effects on the daily operations of the National University Hospital. The statement published by the Icelandic Ministry of Health says:

The Icelandic government announced earlier that since October 29 the self-isolation period for all people who have tested positive for the virus has been reduced from seven to five days, provided the passenger carries a negative PCR test result on the last day of quarantine.

Last month, authorities in Iceland announced that they would begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions in two stages. This decision was confirmed by the country’s Minister of Health, Svandez Svavarsdottir.

With such a plan, local restrictions in Iceland will be completely lifted from November 18 unless the epidemiological situation in that country worsens.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 14,087 people have been infected with the coronavirus in Iceland, based on figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The same indicates the death of 34 people due to the Corona virus and its new strains in Iceland.

In addition, data provided by the World Health Organization shows that 151 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Iceland in the past 24 hours.

The authorities in Iceland previously announced that all people who have completed immunization with any of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization will be allowed to enter Iceland without being required to follow additional entry requirements, such as quarantine.

All travelers from high-risk areas who fail to meet such a requirement will be required to follow the mandatory quarantine rule. In addition, passengers will also be required to submit a requirement for a double test to be conducted upon arrival and on the fifth day of self-isolation.

Based on data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 92.2 percent of the population in Iceland has been fully vaccinated against the virus so far.

>> Travel rules and restrictions in Iceland amid COVID-19

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