Currently Iceland requires 14 day quarantine for everyone arriving into the country. This requirement will be relaxed, with tourists being welcomed back with conditions, in three stages.
- Starting May 15 visitors from Greenland and the Faroe Islands can visit without going into quarantine.
- Starting May 25 visitors from the Schengen Area of Europe can visit, making a choice of a 2 week quarantine, getting tested for COVID-19 on arrival, or presenting “a clean bill of health from the health authorities in their home countries.”
- Starting June 15 visitors from the rest of the world are expected to be able to visit following one of these three protocols.
Under the scheme, once the traveller has submitted their test sample, they would be allowed to proceed to their hotel or home. If their test result available later that day is positive, they will be quarantined for at least 14 days.
Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland
Visitors to Iceland “will also be asked to install the Rakning C-19 contagion tracing app” on their mobile devices. Iceland believes they’ll have sufficient testing in place for their new airport protocols in time, and may eventually extend them to other entry ports. The country has tested approximately 13% of its population, over four times the rate as in the U.S. (though of course a much smaller base).
Iceland has largely beaten coronavirus. Only three cases have been confirmed in the country so far this month. They are opening up its economy (swimming pools will open Monday, gyms on May 25) and is lifting their limit on public gatherings from 50 people to 100 on May 25 as well.
Good news though you’ll be able to visit Skúli Mogensen’s former home soon.