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COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions Lifted Off in Iceland

COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions Lifted Off in Iceland

Due to the pandemic, a lot of tourist spots have suffered big time. Either for the fear of catching it or for all the hassle caused by the new travel rules and regulations imposed because of it. But now many countries are slowly reopening their borders for international tourists. And Iceland has just been added to the list of destinations that laid off all the pandemic-era travel restrictions, including all border-related regulations.

Now tourists will no longer have to show their negative RT-PCR test report upon entering into this country, as per the new rule issued by the Ministry of Health and Ministry for Foreign Affairs. This was no doubt an attempt to boost the number of travellers into Iceland.

Since the government has expressed, “No disease prevention measures will be in place at the border, regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or unvaccinated.” And welcoming tourists regardless of their vaccination status.

The Minister of Health in Iceland, Willum Þór Þórsson, has stated that they can rejoice at the new turning point, but still wants people to err to caution by practising personal infection prevention measures. This includes minimising one’s interaction with others if they show symptoms of COVID,

Prior to lifting all travel restrictions, tourists had to keep their proof of vaccination or booster shots on their person. However, now all bans on social gatherings have also been lifted along with the quarantine requirements for the infected people.

Israel is closely following the footsteps of Iceland and might be easing off its travel regulations to welcome unvaccinated tourists. On the contrary, France will only waive the pre-departure testing for people who received all doses of their respectively allotted vaccines.

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Written by Nadia Farha Mubin

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