Iceland is without a doubt one of the safest countries in the world. There is hardly any criminality and the whole country gives the impression of being safe and secure. Going out late at night, going out alone and hitchhiking are all things you can do with peace of mind when you visit Iceland.
However with the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, Iceland have implemented certain restrictions and guidelines to protect own people and tourists being victims of the deadly virus. There by the government had initially locked down the country restricting all the travel movements which compelled the travelers heartbroken. However with the increasing recovery and preventive standards, Iceland’s prime minister reopened the country to tourists on 15 Jun 20.
Earlier passengers were only had to be tested once, however due to the rise in new coronavirus infections daily in both Iceland and the rest of the world has impelled the government to introduce additional health and safety measures. From mid-August Iceland announced more strict screening processes for travelers in order to safeguard the country from rising infections and give locals and visitors more peace of mind. Tourists will have to undergo screening twice, as the first test taking place at the border and the second test several days later. While awaiting the results of the second test, visitors must undergo compulsory five to six days quarantine.
As per the Icelandic government update on 16 August 20, all passengers arriving Iceland from 19 August can select to be tested twice for COVID-19 or quarantine for 14 days. Passengers will have to pay US$112 or €99 for the first test and the second test is totally FOC. Children who are born in year 2005 or later are exempted from both testing and quarantine. Further government declared that test results brought from their home countries will not be allowed.
Adding on to that travelers will also have to fill out a pre-registration form before their arrival and they must adhere to the laid down rules for infection control. All visitors are also encouraged to download Rakning C-19, the contact tracing app which is used more than 40% of local population as per the government data. The app has been developed with privacy measures, with location data stored locally on a user’s device unless released for tracing purposes.
While Iceland is ready for visitors, US travelers will not be permitted to enter the country for now as the EU has not yet included the US on its ‘safe’ countries for travel list.