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As reported by several news outlets, as of today, June 26, Iceland is lifting all domestic COVID-19 restrictions, thus becoming the first Nordic country to lift all pandemic restrictions within its borders.
The happy announcement was made at a government press conference Friday morning by Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir.
What does this mean? In short, very good news!
As almost 90% of the country’s population aged 16 and over have received one or both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the 300-person gathering limit, the mandatory mask use for selected activities, as well as the one-metre distancing rule are all gone, and hopefully soon to be forgotten! This bold decision was made as advised by Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason.
Also, border restrictions will be significantly relaxed as of July 1!
As of July 1, travellers with valid COVID-19 vaccination certificates will no longer have to undergo testing at Iceland’s borders. The same exemption will apply to children born in 2005 or later.
Furthermore, upon arrival to Iceland, children and those who produce valid certificates of previous COVID-19 infection will no longer have to present proofs of negative PCR test results.
However, all people born before 2005 who are unable to present valid certificates of vaccination or proof of antibodies, will still have to present negative PCR test certificates at the border, as well as undergo the mandatory testing and the five-day quarantine, as it was the case in the previous months.
These rules will be in place from July 1 until August 15, at which point Iceland’s authorities reserve the right to review and revise them, if necessary.
Thank you for reading and, with these COVID-19 restrictions lifted, we hope to see you in Iceland very soon.