Travel | May 15, 2020 11:20 am

Iceland Will Be the First Country to Allow Tourists Back In

Starting on June 15, U.S. citizens can visit and get a free COVID-19 test

Iceland will loosen tourist restrictions starting on June 15
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I’m a big fan of Iceland, and the country’s pretty much got coronavirus under control.

But they’re also a small island that relies a lot on tourism for its economy, so they’re opening back up. One huge perk: Anyone visiting will get a free COVID-19 test upon arrival.

As reported by Insider, Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdóttir recently announced that travel restrictions would be loosened “no later than June 15, 2020, while from May 15 some professionals arriving in Iceland including scientists, filmmakers, and athletes will be eligible for a modified quarantine.”

If you pass the COVID test upon arrival (or you have official documentation), you’re free to roam…although you’ll have to download a contagion tracing app. If not, you’ll be subject to a two-week self-quarantine.

Currently, only people from the Schengen region — a group of 26 European countries that allow free movement between borders — can travel to Iceland, and they’re all subject to a two-week quarantine. That requirement will lift on May 25.

The Iceland embargo lifts a few weeks before a similar measure in Greece, which will allow tourists back starting July 1.

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