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Iceland Shortens Quarantine Period for All Incoming Travellers Starting from Today

The Icelandic government has revealed that the quarantine time for infected individuals and quarantine will be reduced from seven to five days if a traveler takes a PCR test on the last day of isolation.

The decision, which will go into effect today, October 29, and applies to all who have already been quarantined, follows a recent review by the Icelandic national epidemiologist. The review recommended reducing quarantine time, as it does not present a significant risk of COVID-19 infection, reports.

“The Minister of Health has made an amendment to Regulation No. 1100/2021 on this subject, in accordance with the recommendations of the Head of Epidemiology. The press release issued by the Ministry of Health indicated that if the conditions are met, the period of isolation can be up to seven days.

The European Union’s health agency, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), revealed only this week that all EU countries are facing a rise in COVID-19 cases, which means that the epidemiological situation across the EU is currently unstable, and there A large proportion of countries are colored red and dark red.

This classification was evident after these countries identified more than 500 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks. Moreover, the countries on the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s dark red list, which present a very high epidemic risk, include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, the region of Poland, Austria, Greece, half of Ireland, and half of Belgium.

On the other hand, the list of red countries currently consists of Germany, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland, Hungary, most of Poland, the Czech Republic, half of Norway, Greece, Ireland and Spain.

ECDC also discourages travel to and from Iceland after the country reported between 75 and 200 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, meaning the country has been placed in the red category.

As a result, the Cypriot authorities have tightened entry rules for unvaccinated arrivals from Iceland with its red category status.

However, orange countries currently include France, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, half of Italy, Spain, and some areas in Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Greece. Moreover, no country is colored as greedy in the EU at the moment, but the majority of Spanish and Italian regions are green.

In the past month, the COVID-19 pandemic situation has subsided across the European Union, encouraging many countries to lift restrictions and introduce more lenient entry and travel rules. Among them is the Icelandic government, which announced in September that the requirement for pre-departure testing had been scrapped.

Passengers on connecting flights that do not leave the border crossing point will also be exempted from presenting such a certificate. However, as before, samples must be taken from those who have ties to Iceland after their arrival in the country, with the exception of children born in 2005 or later, as stated in the statement, with the clarification that such a decision will be in effect until November 6 .

The World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 90 positive cases with COVID-19 have been recorded in Iceland in the past 24 hours.

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