After fifteen months of measures, Iceland has lifted all restrictions against Covid-19, thanks to the progress of vaccination in the country. The safety distance, the use of the mask, the reduced number of people gathered in public spaces or the limited opening hours of bars and restaurants are no longer in force from June 26th.
It’s a bit of a strange feeling, having been many times in front of you here or elsewhere to announce the tightening of measures, but today is the day we are going to lift themKatrín Jakobsdóttir, Iceland’s Prime Minister
This move by Icelandic authorities, the first in Europe, was taken in accordance with the four-stage timetable for removing restrictions on Icelandic territory. The decision, first hinted at in late April, provided for the lifting of all national measures in the second half of June “when about 75% of the population – over 16 years of age – will have received at least one dose of the vaccine.”
87.6% of this age segment, some 295,000 people out of a total population of 365,000 in Iceland, have already received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of June 24th.
We are actually restoring the society we were used to living in and aspired toSvandís Svavarsdóttir, Icelandic Minister of Health
However, restrictions remain in place at the borders, where unvaccinated visitors must present a mandatory negative PCR test upon arrival and then have another double PCR test after being isolated for five days.
Individuals presenting a certificate of vaccination or who have previously been infected with Covid-19, who were previously required to be tested upon arrival in Iceland, will be exempted from this requirement as of July 1st.