All Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted in Iceland – including rules on international travel.
Business travelers and business travelers will be able to visit regardless of vaccination status.
Iceland’s Health Minister, Willum Thor Thorsson, called the move a “turning point”. He said that the low cases of severe illness amid the current high infection rate have facilitated the relaxation of the rule.
“We can be really excited about this turning point, but I encourage everyone to be careful, practice personal infection precautions and not come into contact with others if they notice symptoms,” he said. symptom.
No epidemic prevention measures are in place at the border, regardless of whether or not incoming travelers are vaccinated.
“All visitors are welcome, regardless of immunization status, with no pre-registration required prior to visit,” said a notice on Iceland Air’s website.
“There is no longer a PCR test required for boarding, and no inspection or quarantine upon arrival. Proof of vaccination or previous Covid-19 infection is no longer required. ”
Iceland Air flies from Dublin to Reykjavik. The new one Low-cost airline Play is also planning to fly between the two cities from April.
Clive Stacey, founder of specialized tour operator Discover the World, said: “We’ve been operating holidays in Iceland safely for much of the pandemic.
“The country’s scientists and politicians have acted in an exemplary manner, earning the people’s respect and vaccination rates among the highest in Europe.
“Although the infection rate is also high now, the hospitalization rate from Covid is extremely low.
“Iceland as a holiday destination is ready to welcome visitors and we are receiving an unprecedented number of inquiries.
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2, said: “It represents a country that says travel is back to where it was before the pandemic hit.
Iceland is recording about 2,500 new infections a day – an extremely high number for a country of less than 370,000 people. That means one in 20 residents contracts Covid-19 every week.
“About 110,000 individuals have been diagnosed with Covid-19 but from antibody testing it is estimated that a similar number have been infected without being diagnosed,” the official statement read.
In addition, Switzerland has also lifted Covid-19 related travel restrictions.
According to travel advice section of the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Passengers traveling from Ireland to Switzerland are not required to present proof of Covid-19 vaccination, recovery or negative test and are not required to complete the Swiss Passenger Locator Form,” it said. added.
Of course, passengers arriving or returning to Ireland must continue to fill out a Personal Locator Form and present proof of vaccinations, rehabilitation or negative test results prior to departure.
– Additional reporting by Pól Ó Conghaile
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/iceland-opens-to-all-travellers-including-unvaccinated-41393302.html Iceland is open to all tourists, including the unvaccinated