All passengers with ties to Iceland will no longer be required to present a negative result of the PCR test upon their arrival in the Nordic country, starting from October 1, Iceland’s Ministry of Health has confirmed.
However, they will be subject to the testing process upon their arrival in Iceland, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the Ministry, such a decision has been taken following 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 situation that have been kept in place since the start of the pandemic.
“Passengers on connecting flights that do not leave the border crossing point will also be exempt from presenting such a certificate. However, as before, those with ties to Iceland must be sampled after arriving in the country, with the exception of children born in 2005 or later,” the statement reads, while clarifying that such a decision will be valid until November 6.
A total of 11,722 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Iceland since the start of the pandemic, while 33 people have died, the figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveal. However, the same source shows that Iceland has reported no new cases of infections or deaths in the last 24 hours.
According to authorities in Iceland, the number of infections in the country marked a decrease since domestic and border operations were more stringent during July and August.
Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated are obliged to follow the five-day mandatory quarantine rule upon arrival in Iceland after undergoing a 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 travellers without any ties to Iceland, they must present a negative result of the Coronavirus test, not older than 72 hours, instead of undergoing a testing process upon their arrival in the Nordic country. If persons are not vaccinated, they will be required to undergo a double testing process while following the five-day quarantine requirement.
“Children born in 2005 or later and connecting passengers who do not go outside the border crossing point are not subject to restrictions due to border control. However, it is reminded that tourists are obliged to pre-register for arrival in the country on the website Covid.is,” the statement reads.
Recently, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) stressed that the epidemiological situation in Iceland has ameliorated, even though some areas within the European Union continue to be profoundly affected by the spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains.