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Increased Number of Travellers Denied Entry

An increasing number of travellers are being stopped at Keflavík International Airport with falsified travel documents, are being denied entry at the border, or else are attempting to travel without any identification whatsoever, RÚV reports.

So far this year, 57 travellers have been detained at the airport with falsified travel documents. Eighteen of these individuals were attempting to fly from Iceland to Canada, 15 to Ireland, 14 to the UK, and one to the US. Nine of these individuals had Iceland as their final destination. The majority of falsified travel documents this year—21 of 57—have been either faked Italian or Greek IDs. The majority of individuals attempting to travel with these falsified documents—16 of 57—have been Albanian.

Police in the Suðurnes peninsula also report that an increasing number of travellers are attempting to fly without any travel documents whatsoever. In the first nine months of this year, there have been 70 people stopped without identification. Last year, there were 91 people stopped for not having travel documents during the course of the entire year.

An increased number of people are also being denied entry to Iceland at airport passport control. From January 1 to the end of September, 103 people were not allowed to enter Iceland. This is a significant increase from last year, when 54 people were denied entry at the border over the course of the whole year. In 2016, only 26 people were denied entry at passport control, 21 in 2015, and 18 in 2014.

Police have also had increased cause to search the Schengen information system and Interpol database. Police conducted 161 searches in the Schengen database for various reasons in the first nine months of the year, as compared to 123 searches during all of 2017. They searched the Interpol database 85 times in the same time period, as compared to 93 times in 2017.

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