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Iceland Prepares for the Start of International Arrivals

News Iceland has entered the phase of final preparations as the country will welcome the first international travelers already on June 15th. Icelandair, the major air carrier in the country, resumes its work after the closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Iceland is not the only country that opens its borders this June, but it is one of the locations that accept tourists from all over the world, so a Reykjavik hotel might be the best summer vacation choice. While many destinations oblige travelers to spend two weeks in quarantine, which is definitely not the option as most vacations are even shorter than two weeks nowadays, Iceland has gone one step further. The country offers tourists either to go to quarantine or to make a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

This decision is in line with the recommendations of the country’s Chief Epidemiologist. Iceland is one of the regions that are the least affected by the coronavirus. At the moment, there are only two active cases of COVID-19 in the country. Iceland continues testing in order to find people who might have the asymptomatic disease. There were no lockdowns in the country, and schools have been open all this time. However, meetings and events with more than 200 people are prohibited, and people are encouraged to follow disinfection and social distancing rules.

The price of testing is to be announced in the coming days. Some certificates of prior testing might also be eligible – Iceland will post these requirements soon. Children are not required to do the test. To prepare the necessary infrastructure and protect the arriving guests, the country’s government is working with Keflavik airport. There are changes in terminals, boarding and check-in areas. These adjustments are vital for the safety and peace of mind of all travelers. Icelandair has a detailed list of all changes on its website.

While some travelers prefer to stay at home this summer, the others take advantage of seeing the most iconic destinations without the usual hordes of tourists. Not only Reykjavik hotels are more affordable at the moment, this is the right time to get the most from adventures in Iceland. At the moment, there are flights to Iceland from limited destinations only such as Stockholm, London, and Boston. In the coming weeks, Icelandair plans to more flights from countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, and more.


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