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Don’t Pick Up Family from the Airport, Say Authorities

By Yelena

Taxis at the airport
Photo: Photo: Golli. Taxis at Keflavík International Airport.

Police at Keflavík airport will increase surveillance after becoming aware that some locals were picking up friends and relative arriving in Iceland, Vísir reports. Picking up travellers arriving from abroad constitutes a breach of Iceland’s quarantine regulations, which mandate all those arriving in Iceland to quarantine for at least five days.

Sigurgeir Sigmundsson, Chief Superintendent of Keflavík Airport Police, expressed concern about the situation, saying people at the airport had “even been kissing and hugging and taking their masks off.” There were four acceptable options for those arriving from abroad: taking a taxi or bus (which follow strict prevention and disinfection regulations), renting a car, or leaving their own car at the airport (or have it dropped off by a friend or family member). Sharing a car with a local upon arrival constitutes a breach of quarantine.

If a local does choose to pick up a family member or friend arriving from abroad, they must then quarantine with that person, Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has stated.

Read More: What do I need to know when travelling to Iceland post-COVID-19?

Travellers arriving in Iceland can choose between a five-day quarantine and double testing or a 14-day quarantine with no testing upon entering the country. Limited certificates confirming recovery from COVID-19 are accepted by Icelandic authorities as an exemption from quarantine and testing.

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