The Government has today announced that all passengers arriving in Iceland from 15 June can choose to be tested for COVID-19 (free of charge for an initial two-week period) or quarantine for two weeks. From 1 July, passengers will pay ISK 15 000 for a single test (on the 28th of June the government announced that the price has been reduced to 9.000 iKS (ca. 68 €). Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and quarantine.
Furthermore, the Chief Epidemiologist has today published information for all passengers arriving in Iceland from 15 June. Testing will be available at Keflavik airport and for passengers arriving in other international airports or ports. Travellers will be required to fill out a pre-registration form before arrival, adhere to rules regarding infection control and are encouraged to download the tracing app, Rakning C-19.
“The intention is to safeguard the progress we have made so far when travelers start returning to Iceland” Chief Epidemiologist Thorolfur Gudnason said in a previous statement. “Throughout the pandemic, we have aimed for moderate but targeted measures based on the best available information. Primary schools have remained open and no lockdowns have been imposed. Now that there are almost no cases in Iceland, we see this as a normal next step as the world is slowly opening up to travel again.”
There are currently two active cases in Iceland, eight cases were diagnosed in May and none so far in June. Iceland will continue its strategy of rigorous testing and contact-tracing and all mechanisms that have proven successful in dealing with the pandemic so far remain in place in case the number of cases rises again.
Information for travelers published today by the Chief Epidemiologist.
Further information will also be available shortly at the COVID-19 information portal www.covid.is/english.