Iceland to Allow Visitors to Forgo Quarantine with Covid-19 Testing at Keflavík Airport

By Kurt Stolz on 13 May 2020
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Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital

Iceland will resume welcoming visitors into the country in June and it will begin to offer tests for the novel coronavirus to arriving travelers that would allow them to avoid a 14-day quarantine period.

The country’s prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, announced that the country will be open to tourists, albeit with some restrictions, no later than June 15, 2020.

The Icelandic border is currently closed to visitors from countries outside the European Economic Area.

Passengers arriving at Keflavík Airport who take the test and do not have the virus will not be required to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days. Known as PCR tests for polymerise chain reaction, the test, takes two to three hours to provide results.  Visitors with recent negative test results are also able to forgo the quarantine.

Options to fly to Iceland are limited at this time.  Icelandair is currently operating three routes to Keflavík, from Boston Logan International, London Heathrow, and Stockholm Arlanda airports at the time of publication.

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