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Current COVID-19 Border Measures to Remain in Place

By Nína Hjördís Þorkelsdóttir

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Photo: Nurses oversee the COVID-19 screening at Iceland’s borders..

The government has announced that current restrictions at the Icelandic border will remain in place until February 28.

The authorities are currently discussing the possibility of a different arrangement at the border for next spring, which will be officially introduced on February 20.

At present, travellers who enter the national border that have close ties within the Icelelandic community are required to undergo a COVID-19 test after arrival in Iceland. However, they are not required to present a negative result before boarding. Other passengers need to present a negative PCR or antigen test prior to boarding, but they are exempt from testing at the border if they have been vaccinated and are not arriving from a high risk country.

Although the numbers of covid cases have never been higher in Iceland, the authorities said that tightening the current restrictions at the border was not necessary at the moment.

However, authorities have decided that vaccination passports are now valid for nine months instead of twelve, which conforms to new EEA rules.

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