Iceland opens up for tourism post COVID-19 border restrictions


Iceland opens up for tourism post COVID-19 border restrictions

According to the latest reports, Iceland is opening for tourism on June 15, but not for all. As reported by a reputed magazine, some countries might have to wait until the month of July. Katrin Jakobsdottir, the Prime Minister of Iceland, had announced last month about the nation’s intentions to reopen for tourism. Furthermore, it was also reported that travellers would be required to get tested at the airport upon arrival.

Iceland had issued a statement on June 5, saying that passengers will have the option to choose from a COVID-19 test, or a two-week quarantine. While the tests will remain free for passengers for the month of June, travellers will have to pay ISK15000 or US $112 for one test from July 1. However, it was also reported that children born in the year 2005 and later will not have to go through the test or the quarantine. Also, those coming into the country are not permitted to bring their test results from their home country. Before your arrival, you will have to fill out a pre-registration form, and you are encouraged to download the country’s contact tracing app that is called Rakning C-19.

Iceland opens up for tourism post COVID-19 border restrictions

Meanwhile, countries in Europe are slowly opening their borders. However, travelling like how it used to be is still a long way. This is because Spain continues to remain closed, while there are some patches of restrictions throughout Europe. This is making it hard for free flowing travel.

It has been reported that Ylva Johansson, the European Home Affairs Commissioner, has asked Schengen countries to lift their internal border controls. Such a move can help the tourism industry, and countries could open up for summer vacations.

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