Filter for Iceland Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-16 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Revised list - residents of twelve non-EEA and Schengen states allowed to visit Iceland. Two countries have been removed from the previous list on 7/15/2020: Serbia and Montenegro.
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2020-07-16 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Travellers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Germany to be exempt from quarantine requirements. These four countries represent almost half of the inbound flights to Iceland.
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2020-07-16 Out Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Travellers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Germany to be exempt from screening requirements
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2020-07-15 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
lifting visa restrictions for residents of fourteen non-EEA and Schengen states as of July 15. The 14 states are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. The new regulation also states that the travel restrictions do not apply to citizens and residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican.
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2020-07-15 In Public health measures: Testing policy
antibody testing policy
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2020-07-13 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
The revision will only apply to Icelandic citizens and residents of Iceland who choose to be tested at the border. They would be required to self-quarantine for five days
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2020-07-13 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
The revision will only apply to Icelandic citizens and residents of Iceland who choose to be tested at the border. They would be required to undergo a second test, free of charge, to eliminate the risk of a false-negative result.
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2020-07-10 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
During the first five days after arrival in Iceland, Icelanders and residents in Iceland should: follow the isolation/quarantine/social distancing guidelines outlined
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2020-07-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Support loans activated on Ísland.is. Support loans are part of the government’s resilience measures and are intended to support small and medium-sized companies that have experienced a large drop in revenue.
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2020-07-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
ISK 200 million. additional funding for regional development plans. The budget comes through the supplementary budget for the year 2020, which was approved by Althingi on 30 March. to respond to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic in rural areas.
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2020-07-06 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Support for the private media due to the influence of COVID-19
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2020-07-03 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
temporarily offer a counter-contribution to investments in start-up companies under pre-determined conditions with a temporary support measure, Stuðnings-Kríu.
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2020-07-03 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
extend the advertisement restricting meetings unchanged by three weeks, ie. until July 26. The opening hours of arcades and restaurants with a license to serve wine will also remain unchanged and may be open until 23.00 in the evening.
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
extend the advertisement restricting meetings unchanged by three weeks, ie. until July 26. The number of meetings is still limited to 500 people.
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2020-07-01 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
One-time compensation payment for healthcare workers that were providing services at front lines
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2020-07-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
passengers who choose to be tested on arrival will be charged a fee of ISK 11,000 if paid on site, but ISK 9000 if paid in advance. The fee is lower than initially announced (ISK 15000) as the testing has proven more cost-efficient than expected, due to higher testing capacity.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
EU/Schengen citizens and residents are free to travel to Iceland under the condition that they preregister prior to arrival and undergo either a PCR test or a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
EU/Schengen citizens and residents are free to travel to Iceland under the condition that they preregister prior to arrival and undergo either a PCR test or a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
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2020-06-30 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
removal of temporary travel restrictions into the Schengen area for residents of 15 countries. Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Montenegro, Tunisia, Thailand, Uruguay, China (Subject to reciprocity)
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2020-06-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Decreased funding for the Local Government Equalization Fund, reassessed due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 epidemic
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2020-06-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
grants for initiatives in youth work or for the loss of income of associations due to COVID-19
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2020-06-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Ministry sponsors training courses for jobseekers
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Voluntary test possible for tourists arriving from abroad (EU) instead of 14 days quarantine; fee for test is around 100 EUR
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2020-06-15 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Tourists arriving may decide to forgo 14 days quarantine by doing a test; children are exempted in any case
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2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
Arriving tourists need to fill a form prior to arrival
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Crowd limits lifted form 200 to 500 people
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Lifting of maximum person limit for swimming pools and fitness centers
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Tourists are recommended to download tracking app
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Extension until 30th June: Recommendation against travel beyond external EU borders
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2020-06-12 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Extension until 1st July: Border closure for external EU, EFTA and UK borders
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2020-06-04 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Iceland is contributing half a billion ISK in vaccine development
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2020-06-03 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
One time payment for carers of disabled and chronically ill children
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2020-06-02 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Social and Employment Teams Following Covid-19 Launched
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2020-05-31 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Hairdressers, beauty salons, massage parlors, museums and other similar activities under certain strict conditions
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2020-05-31 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Restaurants, entertainment venues, pubs and arcades: It is possible to be open until 23:00.
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2020-05-29 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
ISK 75 million support for the leisure of 12-16 year olds this summer
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2020-05-28 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
An internet chat with nurses will be available every day from 9am to 6pm. 8 am - 10 pm
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2020-05-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Increases in government budget to cover COVID-19 economic impacts through labour market measure, as a third package with 65 bn. Kroner
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2020-05-26 Out Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
State of emergency lowered to crisis state
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2020-05-26 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Icelandic companies can apply for an exemption for nationals of non-EEA and EFTA nationals on the basis that these are urgent matters from the existing travel restrictions
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2020-05-25 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Gatherings of up to 200 people allowed again; set until 21st June
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2020-05-25 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Restaurants, cafes and alike will allowed to be open until 2300 again
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2020-05-25 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
2m rule does not apply anymore to the general population but remains encouraged for at-risk populations and businesses need to ensure their need can be met (e.g. specific rows at theaters allowing for greater distancing)
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2020-05-25 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Fitness centres and swimming pools are open with a maximum of 50% of their normal capacity
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2020-05-19 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Working group assigned to assess the state of the local government
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2020-05-19 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The catch limit that can be transferred to next year for fishers was increased from 15 to 25 %
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2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Swimming pools and baths allowed to reopen, subject to certain conditions
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2020-05-15 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Some professionals arriving in Iceland including scientists, filmmakers and athletes will be eligible for a modified quarantine
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2020-05-15 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Some professionals arriving in Iceland including scientists, filmmakers and athletes will be eligible for a modified quarantine
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Research on well-being of students during COVID-19 on the way
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2020-05-14 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
People arriving from Greenland or Faroe Islands are not required to isolate for 14 days anymore, as the lists are not perceived as at-risk countries anymore
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2020-05-13 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Extension until 15th June: 14 day quarantine for all arrivals
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2020-05-13 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
ISK 200 million additional funding in regional plans
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2020-05-12 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Agreement with all major commercial banks for granting additional loans
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2020-05-11 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Agreement between government and Iceland Air to maintain minimum international flight schedule
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2020-05-08 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Ease of taxi driver permit granting
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2020-05-04 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Extension: Exemptions for economically important companies will remain unchanged
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The reception of the Director of Health opens again
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Opening of traditional schooling in kindergartens and compulsory schools, it is possible to re-open upper secondary and university schools with some restriction
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Limit of people gathering raised from 20 to 50, two meter rules of distancing remain unchanged
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Organized sports activities for preschool and elementary school children will be permitted outdoors with the following restrictions: no more than 50 persons in a group, two meters distance kept as much as possible; Other organized sports activities permitted outdoors with max 4 persons, no contact and at least 2 meters distance, limited use of common equipment
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Sports and swimming lessons
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Leisure and social center work resumes their work
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
New services may be started, such as at hairdressing massage and beauty parlors, dentists can start work and museums can reopen for their clients
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2020-05-04 Out Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Health services: All health activities that are not optional or elective allowed. Dentistry will also be permitted.
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2020-05-04 Out Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Optional surgeries and invasive examinations will be permitted and various other restrictions on health care will be lifted. The Minister of Health has decided on this in accordance with the proposal of the Medical Director of Health.
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Extension: The Director of Health’s instructions from March 23 last. Optional surgeries or other invasive procedures remain unchanged.
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Study initiated on the antibody prevalence in the general population
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2020-05-04 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Extension: closure of swimming pools and fitness centres
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2020-05-04 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Extension: closure of places of entertainment, pubs, arcades and similar activities
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2020-04-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Sports and Olympic Association of Iceland will be assigned to allocate ISK 450 million. State support for the Sports Movement to meet the impact of COVID-19.
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2020-04-29 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
The tournament is held as a foreign model under the name "HacktheCrisisIceland" and is part of the government’s COVID-19 pandemic investment campaign and the government intends to spend 150 m.kr. in promoting innovative solutions
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Extension until 1st June: for the mandatory check-ups of vehicles
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Guidance towards municipalities on services for people with disabilities
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2020-04-28 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has signed a regulation amending the allocation of regional quotas to fishing vessels in the 2019/2020 fishing year
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2020-04-28 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Extension: Government announces extension of part-time unemployment benefits until 31st August
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2020-04-28 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government of Iceland announces increased support for companies, including simpler rules on financial restructuring of companies also companies will be given the opportunity to apply for government support to pay a portion of salary costs for any staff member during their notice period
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2020-04-24 In Movement restrictions: Border checks 
In connection with the mandatory quarantine regulation change
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All persons arriving in Iceland will need to be quarantined for 14 days; set until 15th May
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Guidance document on self-quarantine updated
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Extension: advice against any travels abroad
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2020-04-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Food fund with ISK 500 million established for the agricultural sector
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Package for the start-up sector
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Package for the tourism sector
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The government has decided to raise funding in the artist’s salary fund by ISK 250 million.
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Government intends to support the operation of private media with ISK 350 million
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Directorate of Labor will receive up to ISK 100 million of additional funding for the Agency’s operations due to increased projects related to COVID-19.
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Worth up to 420m USD, the latest phase of the economic response focuses on support and protections for small enterprises, innovation and vulnerable groups.; Closure subsidies to compensate companies forced to halt their operations for public health reasons; Immediate support loans for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME); Companies to be allowed to carry 2020 losses back to offset 2019 income tax; Jobseekers and vulnerable groups to receive dedicated support; Multi-faceted support for children – special recreational subsidy for low-income families; Wage differentials paid to healthcare workers due to COVID-19; Strengthening of food production through innovation and marketing
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Funds set up to support summer school terms and creation of over 3,000 summer jobs for students in Iceland; Summer term for students – work, study, and entrepreneurial projects
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Economic support increased with focus on mental health with remote medical services being strengthened and new campaign against domestic violence
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Prioritisation of innovation with increased investments and higher reimbursement for research and development, as part of additional economic package
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2020-04-20 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Unit on information mismanagement established
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2020-04-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
ESA: Guarantee of additional loans by credit institutions to companies for COVID-19 complies with the EEA Agreement
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2020-04-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Regulation from the Ministry of Industry, the Minister of Industry and Innovation, which allows film producers to request a special payment for the reimbursement of interim settlements for projects that have already been granted a reimbursement for costs.
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2020-04-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, has allocated 200 million kr. additional contribution to the Tourist Fund’s Construction Fund in 2020,
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2020-04-17 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and the Central Bank of Iceland have signed an agreement on the conditions for the implementation of state guarantees on additional loans by credit institutions to companies
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2020-04-17 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Nordic Ministers for Co-operation decided to increase Nordic funding to meet Covid-19 funding the Nordic Council of Ministers’ efforts
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Speeding up payments for agriculture, especially targeted towards large-scale sheep farmers
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2020-04-16 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Extension until 15th May: foreigners who are neither EEA nor EFTA nationals will continue to be prohibited from entering the country (exemption is prove of urgent matter)
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2020-04-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Air transport to Egilsstadir and Ísafjörður secured up to and including 5 May
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Production of resources to ensure good mental health
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Provision of additional emergency services and phone-based services
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Mental health team for prisoners established in December 2019 that now leads efforts during COVID-19 times
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2020-04-14 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Cross-Nordic group tasked to outline a Nordic roadmap for closer cooperation established; particularly for tourism and industry
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2020-04-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Half a billion kr. will run for cultural work and creative arts, with a special focus on self-employed artists, and ISK 500 million. for sports and youth activities, to meet the impact of COVID-19. Then it will be ISK 100 million. devoted to the preservation of cultural heritage with a special contribution to a housing protection fund
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2020-04-14 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Funding for research into the mental health effects of the COVID-19 in Iceland
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
General awareness campaigns on staying healthy during the home stay, including presencing, showing kindness and compassion and getting good sleep
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2020-04-06 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Awareness of not using alcohol of drugs as relief for this situation
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2020-04-01 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Volunatary tracking app used for contact tracing
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2020-03-30 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Preventive measure recommendation for the elderly
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Ban on gatherings of more than 20 people
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Then 20 person gathering-ban also affects public places such as swimming pools, gyms, pubs and museums, which should remain closed for the duration of the ban.
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Grocery stores may have up to 100 person in the store at the same time, if 2m safety distance can be kept
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Extension: Ban on gathering of 20+ persons until 4th May
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Discontinuation of all non-essential health procedures
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2020-03-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Extensive economic measures of 1.6bn USD implemented, including state-backed loans, government uptake of salaries, tax deferral, child benefit payment, VAT return for construction projects
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2020-03-20 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Non-EU citizen are not allowed to enter Island anymore
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All people arriving to Iceland are mandated to self-quaratine for 14 days, irrespective of place of departure and nationality
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
limit of public gatherings to 100 people
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
14 day self-quarantine for all those arriving from high risk places.
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2020-03-13 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Secondary and university buildings are closed; pre-school and elementary schools continue if they can keep minimum distance;
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2020-03-13 In Public health measures: Mass population testing
All citizens are offered screening
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2020-03-10 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Specific support to the tourism sector
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2020-03-06 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Did not trigger additional measures than those already in place
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2020-02-28 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Targeted material development for explaining COVID-19 to kids
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2020-02-24 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Discouraging of all unnecessary travels
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