Under current regulations, travel into Iceland from outside the Schengen area is banned, and anyone coming from the Schengen area must self-isolate for 14 days.
Passengers who refuse to take a test or who are unable to produce a medical certificate proving they are free of coronavirus infection will be required to go into quarantine for two weeks, according to an official statement.
The Icelandic government also said that arriving travellers were likely to be required to download a tracing application, already used by 40% of the population and which has been part of the government’s official response to the pandemic.
“The app has been developed following the strictest privacy standards, with location data stored locally on the user’s device unless released for tracing purposes in case of an infection,” the prime minister’s office wrote online.
Jakobsdóttir’s announcement to reporters in the capital Reykjavik came as the island nation reported no new cases of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) for the fifth consecutive day.
Ten people have died from the virus so far in Iceland, out of the 1,801 cases confirmed by the latest data on 13 May.
Testing began a whole month before the first case was confirmed in the island nation in late February, and, since January, all travellers arriving from abroad have been required to quarantine for two weeks.