Iceland to ease restrictions on international arrivals from June

The government of Iceland says it plans to ease restrictions on international arrivals no later than 15 June and expects to be able to give travellers a choice between a COVID-19 test on arrival, or two weeks quarantine. A final decision will be made at the end of the month.

“When travellers return to Iceland we want to have all mechanisms in place to safeguard them and the progress made in controlling the pandemic,” Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation said in a statement. “Iceland’s strategy of large-scale testing, tracing and isolating have proven effective so far. We want to build on that experience of creating a safe place for those who want a change of scenery after what has been a tough spring for all of us.”

Iceland has already revised the quarantine regime that was first imposed in January, with essential workers and those involved in vital infrastructure eligible for a modified quarantine that does not require then to stay at home.  The scheme will be extended to film makers, scientists and some others from May 15. 

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