Dreaming of Europe before the worldwide lockdown happened? Good news: Iceland is welcoming travelers again starting June 15, 2020.
They’re opening their doors to all nationalities but with one condition—everyone who lands is required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
The tests are free for all travelers. Those who will have a negative result will be allowed to enjoy the rest of their stay. However, travelers whose results are positive will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. A certificate proving the traveler’s health will also be accepted.
Everyone who refuses to undergo testing is required to stay under quarantine for two weeks, whether they are healthy or not.
“We need to learn to live with COVID-19,” Minister of Tourism, Thordis Kolbrun Gylfadottir said. As of May 21, 2020, the country currently has 1,803 cases and only ten deaths.
Since the government also plans to ensure that there will be no surge in cases, all travelers will be also asked to download Rakning C-19 on their mobile phones.
This tracking app will allow officials to contact visitors about their results. Investigators can also identify individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and pinpoint the source of infection.
The government is continuously ironing out all the details before they welcome tourists in June. However, authorities remain positive. Social distancing will be easily implemented, especially since Iceland has vast open landscapes and a low population density.
“It’s easy to go around without having to be in close contact with other people,” Gylfadottir said in a live interview.