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Iceland Allows Its Tourists to Skip the Swab if They've Already Had COVID

A deal by , 7. Dec. 2020 5:59 am

Starting from December 10th, skipping any type of test or quarantine upon arrival while visiting Iceland will be possible if you can present documents proving that you've already been affected and cured of the coronavirus.

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After successfully administering the first wave of coronavirus last spring, Iceland was one of the first countries to reopen its borders to visitors this summer, opening its doors from mid-June.

There are two rules in force for the arrival in the country of tourists "not cured" of the virus: you can choose a simple 14-day quarantine or use a double screening procedure including two swabs and a quarantine of 5-6 days in the interval between the two samples.

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Iceland Review, the oldest English-language magazine on Iceland reports that "health authorities have stated that people who have already contracted the virus and are cured do not run the risk of spreading it further".

While experts agree that reinfection is rare and that most COVID-19 patients develop some sort of immunity, specific studies have not yet been developed. According to many doctors, with no conclusive data on the risk of reinfection, Iceland should not rely on immunity based on a previous infections.

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Currently in Iceland the same preventive measures that are being enforced in other parts of Europe remain active; bars and clubs are closed and everyone is obliged to wear masks in public practicing social distancing.

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Iceland Allows Its Tourists to Skip the Swab if They've Already Had COVID

Iceland Allows Its Tourists to Skip the Swab if They've Already Had COVID