Iceland plans to reopen borders June 15

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The Rangarping Eystra waterfall in southern Iceland, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Rangarping Eystra waterfall in southern Iceland, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo Credit: Felicity Long

Iceland will open its borders June 15, according to Icelandic prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, and a 14-day quarantine will no longer be mandatory for passengers arriving at Keflavik Airport. Instead, tourists and residents will have the option of being screened for Covid-19 upon arrival. Arrivals will also be asked to download the contact tracing app Rakning C-19, to aid in the tracing of any transmissions.

"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," she said. "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."

The proposed reopening will depend on the continued decline of cases in Iceland. To date, the country has had 15 confirmed cases, and 15% of the country has been tested.

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