Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Iceland Obliges Travellers From High-Risk Countries to Self-Isolate Upon Their Arrival

Iceland’s government has warned that all travellers from countries highly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic will be obliged to follow quarantine rules upon their arrival.

In their updated list of COVID-19 high-risk countries, Iceland’s authorities have announced that travellers from countries with the incidence rate of infection 700 or higher, as well as those with an incidence between 500-699, during the past two weeks, must remain self-isolated in a quarantine facility upon their arrival in Iceland, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The decision has been put in place today, May 18, and it will remain effective until further notice.

“The purpose of criteria for determining whether countries or areas are considered high-risk areas has not been changed; this is only a change in the countries and regions that are considered high-risk areas due to COVID-19,” the statement clarifies.

However, not all citizens will be subject to mandatory self-isolation in a quarantine facility. Individuals with disabilities, or other similar reasons, will be exempted from the requirement mentioned above. Applicants requiring an exemption from the decision can file a request when pre-registering 48-72 hours before entering the country.

Travellers who obtain a vaccine passport or those who have recovered from the infection will only have to undergo the testing process upon arrival. Still, they should not interact with others and remain self-isolated until they receive the test results.

Iceland has continuously registered a low COVID-19 infection rate, based on the data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC); therefore, it is included on the “green list” of countries, citizens of which can travel to other countries without being required to follow additional requirements such as testing or quarantine requirements.

Currently, Iceland is the only Schengen and European country included on the ECDC’s green list.

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, Iceland has registered only 6,548 COVID-19 cases of infection and 29 deaths. According to Worldometers’ figures, Iceland is ranked in 162nd place, based on the number of COVID-19 reported cases.

List of Countries Subject to Quarantine Rule

Authorities in Iceland announced that the following countries recently reported an incidence rate of 500-699 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks. Below are also ranked the countries with an incidence rate under 500 per every 100,000 inhabitants and a ratio of positive samples of 5 per cent or more or where sufficient information about the country is unavailable.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Andorra
  4. Angola
  5. Anguilla
  6. Antigua and Barbuda
  7. Armenia
  8. Aruba
  9. Azerbaijan
  10. The Bahamas
  11. Bangladesh
  12. Barbados
  13. Belarus
  14. Belgium
  15. Belize
  16. Benin
  17. Bermuda
  18. Bolivia
  19. Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  20. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  21. Botswana
  22. Brazil
  23. Brunei
  24. Bulgaria
  25. Burkina Faso
  26. Burundi
  27. Cambodia
  28. Cameroon
  29. Canada
  30. Cayman Islands
  31. The Central African Republic
  32. Chad
  33. Chile
  34. China
  35. Colombia
  36. Comoros
  37. Curacao
  38. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  39. Djibouti
  40. Dominica
  41. The Dominican Republic
  42. Ecuador
  43. Egypt
  44. Et Salvador
  45. Equatorial Guinea
  46. Eritrea
  47. Estonia
  48. Eswatini
  49. Ethiopia
  50. Falkland Islands
  51. French Polynesia
  52. Gabon
  53. Germany
  54. Georgia
  55. Gibraltar
  56. Guinea-Bissau
  57. Grenada
  58. Guam
  59. 59.Guatemala
  60. Guyana
  61. Guernsey
  62. Haiti
  63. The Holy See
  64. Honduras
  65. Hungary
  66. India
  67. Indonesia
  68. Iraq
  69. Iran
  70. Isle of Man
  71. Jamaica
  72. Jersey
  73. Jordan
  74. Kazakhstan
  75. Kenya
  76. Kyrgyzstan
  77. Kosovo
  78. Kuwait
  79. Lesotho
  80. Lebanon
  81. Liechtenstein
  82. Liberia
  83. Libya
  84. Madagascar
  85. Malawi
  86. Malaysia
  87. Mali
  88. The Marshall Islands
  89. Mauritania
  90. Mexico
  91. Micronesia
  92. Moldova
  93. Mongolia
  94. Montenegro
  95. Montserrat
  96. Monaco
  97. Myanmar
  98. Namibia
  99. Nepal
  100. North Macedonia
  101. Northern Mariana Islands
  102. New Caledonia
  103. Oman
  104. Pakistan
  105. Palestine
  106. Papua New Guinea
  107. Paraguay
  108. Peru
  109. The Philippines
  110. Poland
  111. Puerto Rico
  112. Trinidad and Tobago Turks and Caicos Islands
  113. Tunisia
  114. Turkey
  115. Ukraine
  116. United Arab Emirates
  117. United States of America
  118. Uzbekistan
  119. Vanuatu
  120. Venezuela
  121. Vietnam
  122. Western Sahara
  123. Yemen

The country’s government also published the list of countries with an incidence rate of up to 700 or more per every 100 000 inhabitants or an incidence rate of 500-699 per every 100,000 inhabitants and a ratio of positive samples of 5 per cent or more or where there is no sufficient information about the country.

  1. Argentina
  2. Bahrain
  3. Cabo Verde
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Croatia
  6. Cyprus
  7. France
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Lithuania
  10. Maldives
  11. Seychelles
  12. Sweden
  13. Uruguay

Earlier this month, authorities in Iceland updated the criteria that determine the Coronavirus infection level for other countries. Therefore, the number of countries considered profoundly affected by the disease marked an increase, meaning that more passengers will have to follow entry requirements when planning to enter Iceland from May 7.

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