Following the Epidemiolost chief’s suggestion, Iceland’s health minister decided to keep the current border measures in place until July 1, TheSchengen.com reports.
In a government press release, the measures are set to be relaxed only after the beginning of July, when travelers who present vaccination certificates will not be screened. Children will also be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival in Iceland.
Icelandic authorities announced an easing of restrictions in May by removing quarantine requirements for hotels and allowing non-essential travel to high-risk countries. In a press release, the Icelandic Minister of Health indicated that by June, more than 60 percent of the country’s population will be vaccinated.
Iceland recently began implementing a COVID-19 passport trial for the final launch of the document scheduled for July 1. The document is expected to give EU citizens freedom of safe movement through member countries.
The COVID-19 vaccine passport will indicate the holder’s first and last name, date of birth, document issuance status, and a unique QR code, and travelers will be able to provide it in both digital and print format.
According to the vaccination information, the document will be given to all citizens who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medical Agency; Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson.
The vaccination certificate will indicate that the holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of doses given, the manufacturer of the vaccine as well as the place and time of vaccination.
As part of a COVID-19 passport, a certificate of recovery will be issued to all individuals who have contracted and recovered from the virus. However, the commission noted that antibody tests are not acceptable to obtain a refund certificate.
The COVID-19 passport will also indicate that the test holder has tested negative for COVID-19 by submitting a PCR or antigen test result for this class of travellers. A standard time frame for these tests has not yet been set by Member States.
Since June 1, Germany, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Croatia and Poland, including Iceland, have started issuing COVID-19 passports to all vaccinated, recovered and recently negative travelers for travelers who have been tested for the virus. On June 7, Switzerland joined the list of countries issuing the certificate of unrestricted movement in Europe.
Updated data from the World Health Organization revealed that in the last 24 hours, Iceland has reported zero deaths from COVID-19 and only four positive cases.