If you’re lucky enough to have received the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll soon be able to travel the world without testing or quarantine requirements. Iceland is the latest popular tourist destination to reopen its borders to all visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with no testing or quarantine necessary. Iceland has been allowing vaccinated visitors from EEA/EFTA countries (the 27 EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) to visit without restrictions. As of March 18, this will also apply to all travelers, including those from the UK and US.
Visitors must provide proof of vaccination with a vaccine certified by the European Medicines Agency (which does not include the Chinese and Russian vaccines).
In a statement, Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said, “The world has been through a lot in the past twelve months, and we are all hoping for a slow and safe return to normalcy. This also includes the resumption of the opportunity to travel, which is valuable to culture, trade and enterprise.”
Iceland’s economy is largely dependent on the tourism industry, which suffered a devastating blow this past year. COVID-19 travel restrictions closed the borders and ground tourism to a halt, with tourism numbers dropping by 75 percent in 2020.