COVID-19 testing at Icelandic border has started
The testing is free for the first two weeks but will cost arriving passengers 15,000 krónur from 1st July—though some groups, including children, are exempt. Passengers need to fill out a form on the covid.is website or on terminals within the airport before testing. Arriving passengers will usually have their results within five hours.
After dealing with one, two, or no arriving passenger planes per day throughout much of the crisis, Keflavík is expecting eight arrivals today. The first was scheduled for 10.10 this morning but arrived a few minutes early: a Wizz Air flight from London Luton. Icelandair, SAS, and Atlantic Airways are also flying in today with passengers from Copenhagen, Oslo, Vágar, Frankfurt, and Stockholm.
The new testing system for arriving passengers, as well as the arriving passengers’ computer database, was tested this weekend and the 40 specially-trained testing staff were put through their paces. The exercise went smoothly, according to the chief epidemiologist and civil protection officials.
Plans to test passengers on the Norröna ferry before it set off from the Faroe Islands this morning came to nothing, however, due to fog in Tórshavn that would have prevented the Icelandic helicopter from landing. Passengers will have to go through the testing procedure after the ship reaches Seyðisfjörður tomorrow instead.
In other COVID-19 news, the assembly limit rose from 200 to 500 people at midnight, both in public and private settings; though people are still advised to stick to the two-metre rule wherever possible. Licensed establishments such as bars are still required to close at 23.00 each evening, as late-night partying is considered a significant coronavirus infection risk.