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Double screening until December

Photo:©Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson
Photo:©Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson

The current procedure of double screening for covid-19 at the border for all passengers arriving in Iceland is planned to remain in place until 1 December, unless circumstances warrant earlier easing. These precautions are considered appropriate in light of an increased number of domestic cases diagnosed in Iceland in the past two weeks.

Further decisions will take into account the status of the pandemic domestically and internationally, and other criteria identified by the Chief Epidemiologist; including testing capacity, the severity of the disease, status of the health care system and other measures and developments.

„Protecting the health and well-being of our people and protecting the capacity of our healthcare infrastructure remains our number one priority here in Iceland. However, being an island, Iceland remains dependent on having an active interaction with other nations and having access to international markets so our aim is clearly to return to normality when it comes to international travel“, says Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland.

The efforts of a special health ministry working group on the recognition of health certificates will be hastened. Additionally, various other initiatives to make international travel easier will be evaluated by a steering group that includes permanent secretaries and the office of the Chief Epidemiologist.

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