Iceland will open its borders to all travelers no later than June 15. The Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced that the 14-day quarantine will no longer be mandatory for passengers arriving at Keflavík International Airport. Instead, all arriving tourists and Icelandic residents will be given the option of being tested for the COVID-19. Authorities expect test results to be available the same day, and those who test negative will not be required to self-isolate themselves for two weeks.
Travelers will also have the option to present a reliable certificate from their country confirming they have recently tested negative for COVID-19. In case the certificate is accepted by local authorities, they will also be exempt from undergoing quarantine.
In addition, every arriving passenger will be asked to download Iceland's official contact tracing app that tracks users’ movements in order to help with contract tracking coronavirus cases. The data gathered by the software is only stored locally, and users must give the permission to Icelandic authorities to access it.
"When travelers return to Iceland we want to have all mechanisms in place to safeguard them and the progress made in controlling the pandemic," said Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir, minister of tourism, industry, and innovation.
"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."
As of May 13, Iceland has reported only 12 active COVID-19 cases with no new cases recorded in five days. Effective contact tracing and quarantine of those who have been at risk of infection have proven to be effective tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Iceland.