If there's one country who has been at the forefront of getting Covid under control, it's Iceland. While the rest of Europe is barely easing travel restrictions this summer, Iceland reopened its borders last June and has slowly allowed more and more people within its rugged landscape to witness the country's dramatic waterfalls, colorful northern lights and soothing hot springs.
This week, Iceland also became the first country in Europe to drop all Covid-related restrictions. That means things like social distancing, mask-wearing and capacity limits for events are now things of the past in Iceland. It's basically 2019 over there. The move comes with the announcement that 87 percent of the Icelandic population has received at least one vaccine dose, and 60 percent are fully vaccinated.
Starting July 1, Iceland will also loosen its border restrictions another notch. Vaccinated travellers from any country who can show proof of a vaccination certificate (digital or paper) are now free to enter Iceland and do not have to undergo any testing or quarantine period. Children under 16 and travellers who can show proof of recovery from Covid are also free to enter the country without testing or quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers, however, will still be required to undergo testing and five-day quarantine.
Thinking about making the trip? You'll want to read up on the best things to do in Reykjavik.
Or maybe one of these affordable city break destinations are more your speed.