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Travel to Iceland: Authorities Consider Accepting Foreign COVID-19 Certificates

By Yelena

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Photo: A screenshot from RÚV. Border testing drills at Keflavík Airport, 2020..

Icelandic authorities are considering the possibility of accepting COVID-19 test certificates from abroad. Individuals travelling to Iceland could be exempt from testing at the border if they provide a certificate confirming they had already contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Authorities are also examining whether Iceland could accept PCR test results or antibody test results from arriving travellers as an alternative to testing at the border.

The working group’s task is considered urgent by Icelandic authorities, as is developing a system for mutual recognition of COVID-19 certificates between countries. The group’s findings would entail changes to the current quarantine and isolation rules for those entering Iceland from abroad. Presently, all travellers arriving in Iceland must undergo a five-day quarantine and two rounds of COVID-19 testing. Travellers who eschew testing must undergo a 14-day quarantine.

The working group consists of six individuals, including representatives of the Chief Epidemiologist, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Registers Iceland.

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