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Iceland removes all domestic COVID restrictions from 26th of June

28. Jun 2021

The Government of Iceland has announced that all domestic restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic has been lifted. Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir announced last week that requirements to wear masks, socially distance and restrict gatherings would be fully lifted.

See here from the government

About 87 per cent of Icelandic residents eligible to be vaccinated have received at least one dose of vaccine, while circa 60 percent are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone that had not previously been offered vaccination should have received an invitation to arrange one at this point. Government plans for the vaccination programme and the lifting of restrictions on gatherings have therefore been completed.

Domestic restrictions due to COVID-19 have varied during the pandemic in accordance with the circumstances. Requirements on social distancing and restrictions on gatherings have been in force the entire period and varying requirements to wear masks have been in force since autumn 2020. The restrictions have resulted in limitations for a range of activities and occasional suspension of activities. Cultural activities, sports, the operation of schools, restaurants, travel services and many more activities have been affected by the rules on restrictions of gatherings applicable at each time. However, most pre-school and primary education has continued on site during the pandemic, as it has been a priority and judged to be relatively low-risk.

The borders: The testing of children and people with vaccination certificates or certificates of prior infections will be stopped

The Minister of Health has decided to amend the disease prevention rules at the borders applicable as of the 1st of July to the 15th of August.

  • On the 1st of July testing of those who submit valid vaccination certificates with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency and/or by WHO will be stopped. A vaccination is considered valid when two weeks have passed from the time when the person in question received the latter injection of the vaccine, but when a person has been vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine one week must pass from the vaccination.
  • Testing of children born after 2005 will stop.
  • Those submitting valid vaccination certificates and certificates of prior infections of COVID-19 and children born after 2005 will not need to submit negative PCR-certificates upon arrival to the country as of the 1st of July.

    See here from the government