Friday, June 11, 2021

Iceland Set to Keep Current Border Restrictions in Place Until July 1

Following Chief Epidemiolost’s proposal, the Icelandic Minister of Health has decided to keep the current border measures in place until July 1, reports.

In a press release issued by the government, the measures are planned to be relaxed only after the beginning of July, as travellers presenting vaccination certificates will no longer be screened. Screening of children for COVID-19 upon arrival in Iceland will also be put to an end.

The Icelandic authorities announced the restriction relaxation in May by removing quarantine hotel requirements and allowing non-essential travelling for high-risk countries. In a press release, the Icelandic Minister of Health had noted that by June, over 60 per cent of the country’s population would be vaccinated.

Recently, Iceland started implementing the COVID-19 passport trial for the final launch of the document set to take place on July 1. The document is expected to grant EU citizens a free and safe movement across member countries.

A COVID-19 vaccine passport will indicate the holder’s first and last name, their birthdate, the document’s issuing state, and a unique QR code, and travellers will be able to present it in either digital and printed format.

As per the vaccination information, the document will be granted to all citizens who have been vaccinated with one of the European Medicine Agency authorised vaccines; Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

The vaccination certificate will indicate that its holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of doses administered, the vaccine’s manufacturer as well as place and time of the vaccination.

As a part of the COVID-19 passport, a recovery certificate will be issued for all those individuals that have been infected with the virus and recovered from it. However, the Commission noted that antibody tests aren’t accepted for obtaining a recovery certificate.

The COVID-19 passport will also indicate that the holder has tested negative for COVID-19 by presenting a PCR or antigen test result for this category of travellers. A standard timeframe for these tests is yet to be determined by the Member states.

Since June 1, Germany, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Greece, Croatia and Poland, including Iceland, have started issuing the COVID-19 passport for all of their vaccinated, recovered and recently negative for the virus tested travellers. On June 7, Switzerland joined the list of countries issuing the certificate for unrestricted movement in Europe.

The World Health Organization updated data reveals that in the recent 24 hours, Iceland has reported zero deaths from COVID-19 and only four positive cases.

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