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Icelandic Tour Companies Offer to Pay for Tourists’ COVID-19 Tests

By Yelena

Landmannalaugar tourist
Photo: Berglind Jóhannsdóttir. Landmannalaugar.

At least two Icelandic tour companies are offering to pay for tourists’ COVID-19 tests upon entering Iceland. Arctic Adventures and Nordic Visitor are both offering to reimburse their customers for the cost of COVID-19 tests upon arrival to the country.

On June 15, Iceland began offering entering travellers COVID-19 tests as an alternative to 14-day quarantine. Those who opt for testing receive results with 24 hours and if they test negative may travel freely. While tests are free until July 1, from that date travellers will be required to pay ISK 15,000 ($114/€100) per test. (Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and quarantine.)

Read More: What do I need to know when travelling to Iceland in 2020 Post COVID-19?

Founder and CEO of Arctic Adventures Styrmir Þór Bragason said that the cost of mandatory screenings is a burden for tourists that the company wants to help eliminate. “Iceland has managed the pandemic exceptionally well, and that is due to widespread testing. We are dedicated to protecting the health of our fellow citizens and visitors and testing ensures maximum safety,” he said. “Our goal is to make this process easier by covering costs and revitalise our tourism sector.”

Styrmir says for those hoping to travel this summer, there are many reasons to choose Iceland. For example: “It is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, which makes social distancing quite easy.”

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