Icelandic authorities have announced that vaccinated passengers, including citizens, residents, those living in Iceland on a work permit and those under international protection, must undergo a COVID-19 test within the first 48 hours of arrival in the country, starting on August 16.
According to the government’s press release, neglecting the 48-hour testing rule can be fined. However, these passengers are not required to quarantine on arrival nor until the test results are released. Furthermore, a PCR or antigen test can be done either at the border or at a testing center and given free of charge, TheSchengen.com reports.
The decision came on the heels of information from the Epidemiology Office, which indicates that about 90 per cent of individuals recently infected with the coronavirus are Icelandic ID holders.
The country has opened its borders to arrivals from various countries, forcing countries such as Norway and Lithuania to tighten procedures for arrivals from this country.
Currently, Icelandic travelers arriving in Norway and Lithuania must submit negative test results and undergo quarantine requirements to be allowed to enter the country. However, people born after 2005 are exempt from this requirement.
The Czech Republic has also imposed stricter measures on Icelandic passengers, requiring pre-departure and on-arrival tests.
Previously, the country granted unrestricted permission to travelers who had been vaccinated with one of the eight vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as the following list indicates:
Comirnaty – Pfizer / BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH. Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca AstraZeneca / SK Bio, SK Bioscience CO. Ltd, AstraZeneca Vaccine (Covishield™), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. Janssen – Cilag International NV. Spikefax. mRNA – 1273, Moderna Biotech Vero Cell – Sinopharm / Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd. Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.
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Iceland has carried out one of the strongest vaccination campaigns, vaccinating about 91.2 per cent of the population with the first dose of COVID vaccines, while 86.5 per cent have been fully immunized against the disease.
The country announced that it has started its preparations for a vaccination campaign for citizens between the ages of 12 and 15.
Since January 2020, Iceland has identified 8,793 cases of infection and 30 deaths, and as revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO) a total of 180 positive cases have been reported in the country in the past 24 hours.