Iceland stops testing, if EEA travelers can produce a previous recovery report

Published on : Thursday, December 3, 2020

With traveling slowly and cautiously making its way, the world tourism is gradually getting revitalized as well. However, the countries opening their international borders are also putting forward rules and regulations, with a negative COVID-19 report being mandatory.


As Iceland opened its borders in June 2020, it conducted testing on all tourists permitting the ones with a negative report in bypassing quarantine and the ones with positive to undergo self isolation for 14 days. However, with the onset of the second wave of virus spread, Iceland has made restrictions rigid in August. But now, as per the reports of the Insiders, travelers have two options to select between 14 days quarantine and testing upon arrival.


From Dec 10th, anyone from EEA, can skip testing as well as quarantine, if they can produce an earlier recovery report from the infection. However, experts are not quite happy on this move as they believe that once infected, body develops immunity to fight a second attack but not sure how long the immunity lasts in the body.


To quote Dr. Danielle C. Ompad, Associate Dean for education at the NYU School of Global Public Health, “Without conclusive data on reinfection risk, Iceland should not bank on previous infection providing immunity.”


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