The Icelandic Ministry of Health has announced that from December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, tests for arriving travelers will be given free of charge . The decision was made to try to replace the quarantine with tests so that more tourists could enter the country .
A working group of the Ministry of Finance and Economy stressed that more tourists are needed to visit the country to help the economic sector repair the damage caused by the virus - therefore the arrangements for entry and inspection of tourists needed to be updated.
Now to enter Iceland, you will be given a free test but may still have to quarantine for 5 days.
The current procedure for entering Iceland is as follows: tourists visiting the island can go to a 14-day quarantine (not great for those hoping to get out and explore during a 3 or 4 night break), or undergo 2 tests for coronavirus . The first test is performed after landing, the second - after 5/6 days quarantine. The test costs 9,000-11,000 ISK.
Iceland's chief epidemiologist, Þórólfur Guðnason, expressed concerns about the growing number of new cases of infections - hence the idea of free testing of tourists coming to this country, which for Brits fancying discovering the magic of Iceland, is great news.
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