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The 12th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting - Information for media representatives

Preliminary information for media including accreditation and registration form and meeting arrangements under pandemic restrictions.
The 12th Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council Iceland will mark the end of the two-year Icelandic Chairmanship term of the Council. The meeting will be held on 20th May 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland. It provides an opportunity to review the Council’s activities and accomplishments under Iceland’s Chairmanship. It will also see the Russian Federation assume the role for the next two years.

Organizing a Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council during a pandemic is of course a challenge and it is a top priority for the Icelandic Chairmanship to provide a safe and secure environment and to minimize any risks associated with in-person gatherings. Therefore, Iceland has invited only Ministers and Heads of Delegations of the Permanent Participants to attend the meeting in person with as small delegations as possible, while other delegates are cordially invited to participate in the meeting through an online platform.

The Icelandic Chairmanship, however, welcomes media representatives to Iceland – following the national regulations as outlined below. A program for media representatives is currently under development. Media interested in covering the meeting from Iceland are welcome to submit their details for accreditation in the registration form. The Arctic Council Secretariat will follow up with more detailed information as this becomes available.

Meeting arrangements under pandemic restrictions

Travel restrictions apply to all third-country nationals, i.e. persons who are neither citizens of EEA/EFTA nations, nor nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, or the Vatican—regardless of whether they require a visa or are permitted travel within the Schengen area without a visa.

All media representatives traveling to Iceland to cover the Ministerial meeting should on arrival in Iceland be prepared to meet at least one of the three following criteria:
  • present a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours on departure to Iceland,
  • present a valid certificate of having antibodies or previous Covid 19 infection (positive PCR test older than 14 days) or
  • present a valid certificate of vaccination.
All arriving passengers must be tested at the Icelandic borders. Those passengers carrying a vaccination certificate, or a certificate of prior infection must wait for the result of the test at their place of residence and follow quarantine rules until the result is available (normally within six hours). Those passengers who do not have certificates of vaccination or prior infection must quarantine for five days and undergo a second test upon finishing.

Media representatives can apply for a modified quarantine. However, they must fulfil certain criteria and follow precautions as instructed by the Chief Epidemiologist for Iceland to be permitted to conduct interviews or other tasks of their trade during the quarantine period.

The Icelandic Chairmanship will continue to work with Icelandic health authorities to define workable set of health rules for the purposes of the Ministerial meeting. These are likely to include, possible further PCR testing, limited contact with the local population, strict social distancing protocols, protocols on use of face masks and protocols for interaction between delegations and media representatives. You can find detailed information on, including answers to frequently asked questions. In particular, the following page has important information for travelers to Iceland:

Background facts

Established in 1996, the Arctic Council is at the forefront of Arctic cooperation. In its first 24 years it has become the most important body for promoting a positive agenda and coordinating joint action on all vital issues in the region. The Arctic Council focuses on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

The Council holds Senior Arctic Officials’ meetings roughly every six months, and Ministerial meetings roughly every two years. The next Ministerial meeting will take place May 2021.

The Icelandic Chairmanship runs from 2019-2021, after which the Russian Federation will assume the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Learn more

The Arctic Council website
The Arctic States
The Indigenous Permanent Participant Organizations
The Working Groups
The Observers


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