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COVID-19 in Iceland: Stricter Quarantine Regulations Took Effect This Morning

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

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Photo: Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir. Fosshotel Reykjavík, where the government has set up quarantine facilities for travellers arriving from high-risk areas.
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A new infection prevention regulation detailing stricter requirements for quarantine of arriving passengers from high-risk areas took effect this morning. The government introduced the regulations last week and a bill providing a legal basis for the regulations was passed into legislation on April 22. Most notably, the new regulation requires passengers arriving from high-risk areas, as defined by the Chief Epidemiologist, to stay in quarantine hotels during their five-day quarantine between border tests. The stay in quarantine facilities is free of charge.

Those who come from defined high-risk areas will be obliged to quarantine in a quarantine facility unless exempted by the Chief Epidemiologist. No exemptions will be granted to those arriving from regions or countries where the 14-day incidence rate exceeds 700 per 100,000 population. This applies to all areas defined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control as dark red (case notification rate over 500) or grey (information not available). If one or more areas within a state is dark red, the country as a whole is then defined as dark red. High-risk areas are defined as regions or countries where the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population exceeds 500 or more or from where sufficient information is not available. Vaccinated travellers and people with presenting a valid antibody test aren’t required to undergo a 5-day quarantine but must still undergo on PCR test at the airport and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Quarantine in a quarantine facility without exceptions: Passengers arriving from areas where the 14-day infection rate is 700-1,000 cases per 100,000 must without exceptions quarantine at a quarantine facility while awaiting results from the second test after arrival in the country.

Quarantine in a quarantine facility with the possibility of an exemption: Passengers arriving from areas where the 14-day infection rate is 500-699 cases per 100,000 must quarantine at a quarantine facility unless the Chief Epidemiologist grants an exemption. Such an exemption must be applied for at least two days before arrival in Iceland.

Home quarantine: Those arriving from areas where the 14-day infection rate is below 500 cases per 100,000 can quarantine in a facility of their own choosing provided it fulfils the requirements of the Chief Epidemiologist for home quarantine.

The Icelandic authorities will regularly issue a list of high-risk countries, which will be updated as needed. The list below was issued April 22:

Countries or regions with a 14-day incidence rate of 500-699 per every 100,000 inhabitants:

  1. Argentina
  2. Aruba
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Chile
  6. Estonia
  7. Greece
  8. Italy
  9. Liechtenstein
  10. North Macedonia
  11. Romania
  12. Serbia
  13. Seychelles
  14. Slovenia
  15. Mainland Spain
  16. Czech Republic

Countries or regions with a 14-day incidence rate of 700 or more per every 100,000 inhabitants or where sufficient information about the region or country is not available:

  1. Andorra
  2. Bahrain
  3. Bermuda
  4. Curaçao
  5. France
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Lithuania
  10. Poland
  11. Puerto Rico
  12. San Marino
  13. Sweden
  14. Turkey
  15. Hungary
  16. Uruguay

 

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