The vaccine rollout is underway and for those who have got the jab, an international trip might be within reach. The list of countries who are letting in vaccinated travellers without additional testing or quarantine is growing every day, and one of the most recent additions has set our hearts aflutter with thoughts of dramatic waterfalls and soothing hot springs. That’s right, Iceland is now letting in fully vaccinated travellers from any country.
Iceland has led the way the past year with innovative ways of safely opening its borders to tourists. It initially reopened its borders last June allowing travellers to skip quarantine entirely by testing negative on arrival, then introduced ‘double-testing’ in August, where all arrivals were tested for Covid-19 at the border, then had to quarantine for five days before being tested again. In December, Iceland announced another change, allowing anyone from the European Economic Area to entry freely if they could prove that they’d previously had, and recovered from, Covid-19 (this programme is still in place).
Now, as of March 18, any travellers – including those from the US and the UK – who have been fully vaccinated can travel to Iceland and not have to undergo testing or quarantine. This was an update from a previous policy announced earlier this year that allowed vaccinated travellers from the EU only to enter the country and skip testing and quarantine.
Travellers must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated (two doses if applicable) with any certified vaccine, including the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. So all that’s standing between you and the Blue Lagoon is two shots in the arm. Sounds worth it to us.
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