In many European and Scandinavian countries, Iceland, one of the most popular Scandinavian countries, has decided to test its tourist twice for Covid-19. Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir recently said in a press conference that starting August 19, every person entering the country will be tested for coronavirus at the border. Later it should be quarantined for 4-5 days and tested again for coronavirus.
The decision was made recently, there was one confirmed case of coronavirus every day and according to Iceland's chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, this is one of the most effective ways to contain the virus.
On the Icelandic government website, they extensively mentioned the rules, in which they said, “Passengers arriving in Iceland on and after August 19, 2020 can either undergo two screening tests for COVID-19, which are performed by a Quarantine from five days to The results of the second test are known, or border screening is not carried out, but is quarantined 14 days after arrival. The relevant ministerial ordinance comes into force on August 18th from midnight. The quarantine and / or testing requirement applies to anyone who has spent more than 24 hours in locations defined as potential infection risk areas in the past 14 days. Currently these are all countries. Children born in or after 2005 are exempt from screening and quarantine requirements. The same exception applies to people who have been certified as previously infected with COVID-19 after a PCR test by the Icelandic health authorities and who have completed an isolation period or who have been shown by antibody measurements that they have recovered from COVID-19. Transit passengers who do not leave the terminal at the border do not need to undergo any screening or quarantine. "
The announcement also went on: “People entering Iceland must pre-register by filling out an online form with their contact details, where they have been, where they want to stay in quarantine in Iceland, and health information. Carriers of passengers into the country must make passengers aware of this pre-registration requirement with reasonable advance notice. "
Iceland has also asked its visitors to expect strict quarantine rules stating
- People in quarantine are only allowed to leave the house or the premises if necessary. You can go for a walk as long as you keep a minimum distance of 2 m.
- People who are in quarantine cannot receive guests at home or in other rooms during the quarantine period.You can't use public transport, but you can use taxis.
- The person in quarantine cannot go to school, work, etc. where other people are.
- You cannot attend gatherings, parties, or other community areas that include shops and pharmacies.
- They should not be part of common parts in their homes or hotels, laundry rooms, communal showers, gardens and outdoor areas, except when entering and exiting the building.
In addition, the border control fee should be paid, which is 9,000 ISK (4889 INR) for prepayment and 11,000 ISK (5975 INR) for payment at the checkpoint.
With this in mind, every visitor to Iceland must be tested twice before they can explore the beautiful country and its beautiful landscapes.
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