Tourists will soon be able to enter Iceland if they are screened and traced Tourists will soon be able to enter Iceland if they are screened and traced

Iceland to open borders

Tourists and Icelandic residents entering the country will be given the option of being screened for the novel coronavirus from 15 June.

The choice means the 14-day quarantine will not be mandatory for passengers arriving at Keflavík International Airport.

After being screened at the airport, arriving passengers will go to their overnight accommodation, where they await the results. Also, every arriving passenger will be asked to download the Covid-19 tracing app Rakning C-19, which helps authorities trace the origin of transmissions. 

Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir, Minister of Tourism, Industry, and Innovation says Iceland's strategy of large-scale testing, tracing and isolating have proven effective so far. ‘We want to build on that experience of creating a safe place for those who want a change of scenery after what has been a tough spring for all of us.’

The proposed border opening depends on the continued decline of cases in Iceland. At this point, only three cases of the virus have been diagnosed in May, 15 individuals have the virus in Iceland, and more than 15% of Iceland's population have been tested. Authorities say it could be implemented earlier than 15 June if preparations go well, and the number of cases remains low. The testing may be used toward further research of Covid-19.


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