Iceland returns to red lists

25.09.2020 - 16:37
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The UK, Denmark, Norway, and Finland are among the countries that have returned Iceland to their travel red lists thanks to the current wave of new COVID-19 infections.

The UK requires people arriving from Iceland to go into 14 days’ quarantine (from 04.00 tomorrow morning), as does Finland. Norway requires ten days’ quarantine. Denmark’s borders, meanwhile, are now completely closed to travellers from Iceland who do not have legally-sanctioned reasons to travel. Travellers going to Switzerland and Belgium must also now quarantine.

The 14-day infection rate per 100,000 people has now edged above 100 in Iceland. That figure is higher than the UK’s 87.4, and many countries currently consider the safe limit to be in the region of 20 per 100,000. 

Denmark’s closure to Icelanders starts tomorrow, as does Britain’s quarantine requirement—though people are free to break quarantine to leave the country. The same is true of Norway.  

Finland’s quarantine requirement comes in on Monday, but the country will start offering border testing as an alternative from the 1st October. 

The authorities in Ireland are expected to add Iceland to their red list on Monday, and Germany will likely follow suit. The German authorities are generally red listing countries that go over 50 infections per 100,000 people. 

Iceland itself has every other country in the world on its red list, but the country offers express quarantine of five days, with COVID-19 tests upon arrival and at the end of the five days in quarantine. 

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