As vaccination rates in Iceland continue to rise, the Icelandic government has revealed that starting 25th June 2021, following the Chief Epidemiologist’s recommendations, all COVID-19 restrictions have been eased.
Furthermore, from 1st July 2021, fully vaccinated travellers with a valid certificate or proof of prior diseases are not required to undergo border testing. A negative COVID-19 test will no longer be required upon arrival for children below the age of 16 or vaccinated travellers.
However, this modification in regulations will only apply to travellers who have received a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency. The approved vaccines include AstraZeneca (Covi-shield in India), Moderna, Johnson-Johnson, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
Svandis Svavarsdottir, a member of Iceland’s Minister of Health, announced that wearing masks, maintaining social distance, or limiting the attendees at an event is no longer required.
“Continuous and honest communication between the people and our trusted scientists have contributed mightily to the population’s willingness to take part in the effort to minimize the harms of the pandemic. There has been a focus on maintaining a proper level of vigilance without either downplaying or exaggerating the risk. We are succeeding by trusting the good sense of the Icelandic people,” she was quoted as saying to a reputed news publication.
According to a press release published by the Icelandic government, approximately 87% of Icelandic individuals, who were eligible for immunisation received a single dose of the vaccine, while 60% of them were fully immunised.
During a press conference, Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said,