Iceland plans to welcome tourists. Yes. You read it right. The government has announced that it is planning to welcome tourists by June 15 by reopening its borders once again. The country set to welcome travelers from all over the world. This also includes the USA (depends on the COVID-19 test results). Also, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said that they are planning to give travelers Coronavirus tests upon arrival at the airport.
The tourists with negative test results would be allowed to enter the country. Those with positive results will go to self-isolation for 14 days.
Also, it will be mandatory for all tourists to download the tracing app called Rakning C-19 in their smartphones. This is to prevent a further rise in cases. The app would enable the officials to contact visitors about their results. It will also help investigators to find the source of infection along with the individual’s identity (exposed to the virus).
The announcement for reopening comes after less than two months of limiting international tourist arrivals in the country. The country took the decision of reopening as the number of positive cases are quite low. As per Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the timing “depends on when all the practicalities will be in place.”
The PM in her announcement said that travel restrictions will ease
“no later than June 15, while from May 15 some professionals arriving in Iceland including scientists, filmmakers, and athletes will be eligible for a modified quarantine”.
Also, the government said that people who can prove that they are healthy with official medical documents, won’t have to undergo another COVID-19 test.
Bjarnheiour Hallsdottir, the chair of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association believes that the country should see some tourists this summer if everything goes well. Those who really want to come, this would be a “very real possibility”.
Currently, Iceland 1803 confirmed Coronavirus cases stand at 1803. Out of which 1786 have recovered, while the virus has claimed 10 lives in the country.