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Iceland Will Open to Travelers on June 15 With a Free COVID-19 Test on Arrival

by Eben Diskin May 12, 2020

Believing that tourism is integral to the successful resurgence of its economy, Iceland is planning to reopen its borders to travel by June 15. Since Iceland has successfully contained the virus, conducted more tests per capita than any other country, and has only 15 active COVID-19 cases, prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir announced their intent to loosen travel restrictions, which have been in place since March 20.

Travelers to Iceland would be given a free COVID-19 test upon arrival. If it’s positive, they will be asked to quarantine in their home or hotel for 14 days. Right now, everyone entering the country — both foreigners and citizens — must undergo a 14-day quarantine, although only travelers with Schengen passports are currently permitted to enter.

If incoming travelers have reliable documentation that they have already taken a coronavirus test, and tested negative, they will be exempt from taking another one. Everyone, however, will be asked to download Iceland’s contact tracing app, which tracks users movements and helps the government inform those who may have come into contact with an infected person.

Authorities have said that if the screenings prove successful at Keflavik Airport, Iceland may open other entry points like ferry routes and smaller airports.

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