With travel easing up in many European and Scandinavian countries, Iceland one of the popular Scandinavian country has decided to test its tourist twice for Covid-19. Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir in a recent press conference said from August 19 every person entering the country will be tested for coronavirus at the border later he/she should get quarantined for 4-5 days and will be tested for Coronavirus once again.
The decision was taken as recently, there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus every single day and according to Chief Epidemiologist of Iceland Þórólfur Guðnason, it is one of the most effective ways to curb the virus.
It the Government of Iceland website, they have mentioned the rules elaborately where they said, “Passengers arriving in Iceland on and after 19 August 2020 may choose either to submit to two screening tests for COVID-19, separated by five days’ quarantine until the results of the second test are known, or else not to undergo border screening but instead to spend 14 days in quarantine after arrival. The ministerial regulation announcing this takes effect as from midnight on 18 August. The requirement regarding quarantine and/or testing applies to all people who have spent more than 24 hours during the past 14 days in locations that are defined as potential infection risk areas; at present, this means all countries. Children born in or after 2005 are exempt from the screening and quarantine requirements, and the same exemption applies to persons who have been certified by the Icelandic health authorities, following a PCR test, as having previously been infected with COVID-19 and have completed a period of isolation, or if they have been shown by antibody measurements to have recovered from COVID-19. Transit passengers who do not leave the terminal facilities at the border are not required to undergo screening or quarantine.”
The announcement also continued “Persons entering Iceland must pre-register by filling out an online form with their contact details, where they have been, where they intend to stay in quarantine in Iceland and health information. Carriers of passengers to the country are required to draw travellers’ attention to this pre-registration requirement with suitable advance notice.”
Iceland has also asked its visitors to expect strict quarantine rules which says
- Persons in the quarantine may leave home or premises only in case of necessity. They may go for a walk providing they maintain the minimum distance of 2m.
- People in quarantine cannot receive guests at home or any other premises during the quarantine period.They cannot use public transportation, however, they can use taxis.
- The person in quarantine cannot go to school, workplaces etc where there are other people.
- They cannot enter meetings, party or any other communal regions which include shops and pharmacies.
- They should not be a part of common parts in their dwellings or hotels, laundry rooms, shared shower, garden, outdoor areas except when exit and entering the building.
Additionally, the fee should be paid for border screening that includes ISK 9,000 (INR 4889) if paid in advance and ISK 11,000 (INR 5975) if paid at the screening point.
With this being said, every visitor to Iceland needs to get tested 2 times before the explore the beautiful country and its beautiful landscapes.