Iceland to open for travellers from June 15

- A Monitor Desk Report 28 May, 2020 | 492 Views|-+
Dhaka: Iceland is planning to reopen its borders for travellers by June 15, said Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, as the country has successfully contained the virus, conducted more tests per capita than any other country, and has only 15 active COVID-19 cases.

Moreover, travellers to Iceland would be given a free COVID-19 test upon arrival. If it is positive, they will be asked to quarantine at their home or hotel for 14 days.

Currently, everyone entering the country — both foreigners and citizens — must undergo a 14-day quarantine, although only travellers with Schengen passports are at present permitted to enter.

If incoming travellers have reliable documentation that they have already taken a coronavirus test, and tested negative, they will be exempt from taking another one.

Everyone, however, will be asked to download Iceland’s contact tracing app, which tracks users movements and helps the government inform those who may have come into contact with an infected person.

Authorities have said that if the screenings prove successful at Keflavik Airport, Iceland may further open other entry points like ferry routes and smaller airports.

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