Iceland's Prime Minister presented new measure to reopen the country after the Covid-19 pandemic with free tests at airports

Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir has announced new plans for the country's reopening. According to Katrin, it is possible that the Iceland be ready to receive people by June 15th.

The idea is to offer free COVID-19 tests on arrival at the airport – those who test negative will be free to enjoy their time in the country, but those who test positive will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Travelers who have proof that they are healthy with official documentation will not need to take another test.

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The Icelandic government said travelers will likely be asked to download and use the official tracking app. The App was developed at the beginning of the pandemic and is already in use by 40% of the country's population.

The government claims that the app was developed with privacy measures for users. The system has location data stored for each user, to track part of the population that has symptoms. In May, Iceland recorded just three reported cases of the new coronavirus.

“When travelers return to Iceland, we want to have all the mechanisms in place to safeguard them and the progress made in controlling the pandemic. Iceland's strategy for large-scale testing, tracking and isolation has proved effective so far. We want to enjoy this experience. of creating a safe place for anyone wanting a change of scenery after a difficult spring for all of us,” said Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation.

At the moment, only travelers with a passport from the Schengen region can enter Iceland and everyone must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Iceland had 1801 cases of COVID-19 and ten deaths.

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