Most of the world is still in lockdown, but Iceland plans to reopen its borders to tourists 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 reopening their economies and restarting the lucrative but battered travel industry.
Tourists visiting Iceland after 15 June can choose from the following options: 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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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore
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