Lifting of restrictions upon entry to Iceland during COVID-19
Following the recent months of turmoil caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus, restrictions are slowly being lifted in Iceland. On 12 May, the Icelandic Government decided on steps for allowing tourists and other international traffic into the country.
Currently, anyone who is coming to Iceland from abroad is subject to a two-week quarantine. The administration’s decision entails that from 15 June, all international travellers arriving in Iceland will have a choice between the two-week quarantine or to undergo coronavirus screening. Additionally, travellers will be allowed to present a certificate of health which the Directorate of Health will deem sufficient proof that the traveller in question does not have the COVID-19 disease.
An additional condition to quarantine-free entry into the country will be that the traveller downloads and activates an app, which Icelandic health authorities have used to track the contamination of the virus with good avail. Health authorities may also issue additional conditions.
Likewise, as of May 15, conditions for a so-called B-quarantine (or vocational quarantine) will be expanded. Until May 15, this option has only been available to systemically important businesses and is meant to ensure that critical production and health workers are not side-lined unnecessarily. The option is due to be expanded and will apply to travellers who arrive in Iceland to partake in a specific task, such as scientists, journalists and cameramen. Further rules will be presented on 15 May.
LOGOS COVID-19 task force
LOGOS has established a working group focused on identifying legal issues concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, specialists in all areas of law work in the offices of LOGOS. If you have any questions about the government’s remedies regarding the pandemic or other legal issues, please contact Einar Baldvin Axelsson or Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir, partners at LOGOS.