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Iceland to Abolish Pre-Entry Testing Requirement for Some Travellers

The Icelandic Ministry of Health has confirmed that not all passengers with ties to Iceland will be required to submit a negative PCR test result upon arrival in the Scandinavian country, starting from 1 October.

However, they will go through the testing process when they arrive in Iceland, reports.

According to the ministry, this decision was taken based on the recommendations of the chief epidemiologist, as part of the country’s efforts to ease some of the preventive measures imposed due to the COVID-19 case that have been maintained since the beginning of the pandemic.

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 .

Figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that a total of 11,722 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Iceland since the beginning of the epidemic, while 33 people have died. However, the same source shows that Iceland has not reported any new cases or deaths in the past 24 hours.

According to the authorities in Iceland, the number of infections in the country recorded a decrease as local and border operations were stricter during July and August.

Travelers who have not been fully vaccinated are required to follow the mandatory five-day quarantine rule upon arrival in Iceland after undergoing the COVID-19 testing process. In addition, they will also be required to take another COVID-19 PCR test at the end of the quarantine period.

As for vaccinated travelers without any ties to Iceland, they must submit a negative coronavirus test result, no longer than 72 hours, instead of undergoing a test process when they arrive in the Nordic country. If people are not vaccinated, they will be required to undergo a double-test process while following the five-day quarantine requirements.

Children born in 2005 and later who tie passengers who do not exit the border crossing point are not subject to restrictions due to border control. However, we remind that tourists are obliged to pre-register for arrival in the country on the website”, reads the statement.

Recently, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) confirmed that the epidemiological situation in Iceland has improved, although some regions within the European Union are still severely affected by the spread of the coronavirus and its new strains.

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