With an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Iceland over the last two weeks, Iceland has moved to prolong its double-testing regime for travellers until December 1.
The government says it will continue to monitor developments and impose additional restrictions if necessary.
“Protecting the health and well-being of our people and protecting the capacity of our healthcare infrastructure remains our number one priority here in Iceland,” Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrinbsdottir said in a news release on Wednesday.
“However, being an island, Iceland remains dependent on having an active interaction with other nations and having access to international markets so our aim is clearly to return to normality when it comes to international travel.”
Iceland’s double testing regime has been in place since August 19.
Travellers arriving in the country are given the option of a 14-day quarantine or undergoing a double-testing regime, with one test upon arrival and then a 5 to 6 day quarantine at which point a second COVID-19 test would be done to rule out initial false negatives.
Stricter COVID rules for capital area
Also on Wednesday, COVID-19 rules were tightened in the Reykjavik capital area.
The new measures apply to Reykjavik and the nearby towns and municipalities of Mosfellsbaer, Hafnarfjordur, Gardabaer, Kopavogur, Kjosarhreppur and Seltjarnarnes.
Earlier on October 4, Iceland reduced the permitted size of gatherings to 20 people. Fitness centres, bars, night clubs and gaming establishments were also closed.
As of Wednesday, Iceland has had 3,172 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths since the pandemic began. Health authorities are reporting 181.6 domestic infections per 100,000 people over the last 14 days.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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