Iceland reopens to cruise ships following the Coronavirus lockdown

   June 20, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

As of June 15, 2020, Iceland opened its borders to tourists. The country's largest cruise ports are Reykjavik, Akureyri and Isafjordur.

Before starting their voyage to Iceland, travellers have to fill out a pre-registration form as well as download the C-19 app on their phones. Upon arrival in Iceland, travellers can choose between self-isolating for 14 days or taking a PCR test at the airport. The PRC COVID testis free of charge for the initial 2-week period. After that, from July 1 onwards, the price is set at 15.000 ISK (USD 110).

After undergoing the PCR test, vacationers can leave the airport but are advised to travel with caution until the results are confirmed. Those can be visible within 5 hours and appear in the C-19 app or text message.

Expedition cruise ships are expected to arrive in Iceland from mid-July. New operating measures are due to be in place, such as increased medical personnel onboard, social distancing, and frequent health monitoring of passengers. 

With the country being so scarcely populated, vacationers can look forward to immersing themselves in spectacular nature away from crowds. Nature-based, small-group tourism is what Iceland does best.