Iceland Opens its Borders with COVID-19 Testing on Arrival

The country will welcome tourists from the Schengen Area from 15 June

Iceland will open its borders after six weeks of lockdown, starting 15 June and all passengers will either take a COVID-19 test or choose quarantine for two weeks. Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir has announced that this will be offered to travellers landing in the country through Keflavik International Airport. Travellers must also download the official tracing app that is being used in the country 

If a person can provide a medical document with a negative coronavirus result then they needn’t take the test upon arrival. Anyone testing positive on arrival will be put under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

Iceland closed its borders on 20 March for all non-EU/EEA nationals and implemented temporary internal border controls too. The country tested more than 15 per cent of its population with total 1,801 positive cases and only three of them in May. 

With a successful control over the pandemic, the government is now seeking to revive tourism with the summer season coming in. However, foreign tourists who are not from the Schengen Zone are still not eligible to enter the country. 

According to Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, the country’s large-scale testing has been quite effective and they will only continue to expand on it. Iceland will be a safe space for those who seek a change in scenery after a tough time. 

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