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Iceland to re-open its borders to tourists in June, with COVID-19 tests upon arrival

Yes, you’re right. Iceland is planning to reopen its borders to visitors by 15 June 2020.

Currently, no one from outside the Schengen Area can visit Iceland, and those who are visiting from within the Schengen Area have to go through a two-week quarantine.

According to Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, the country will put in place safety measures for travellers. These measures include having travellers tested in the airport upon arrival in bid to avoid the 14-day isolation period. The announcement comes as countries mull re-opening their economies and restarting the lucrative but battered travel industry.

Tourists visiting Iceland after 15 June can make a couple of choices: they can either submit themselves to the quarantine, get tested for the coronavirus, or present a clean bill of health from health authorities in their home countries.

Travellers will also have to take note of other requirements, including downloading the official tracing app, which is currently used by close to half the population in Iceland. The app stores its location data locally on the user’s device and will only be released for tracing purposes if and when an infection is discovered.

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Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.