Iceland Opens Borders for All Vaccinated Visitors
Iceland is ready to welcome visitors once again. The island nation has opened its borders to all visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 without mandatory testing or quarantine requirements.
The North Atlantic country becomes one of the first to open its borders since the beginning of the pandemic. Iceland is looking to boost its tourism economy, which saw a 75% drop last year.
“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,” Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said in a statement as reported by Reuters. “This also includes the resumption of the opportunity to travel, which is valuable to culture, trade and enterprise.”
Until now, Iceland had only allowed vaccinated visitors from European Union countries to enter without restrictions. But, since March 18, this exemption will apply to citizens outside the Schengen area, including United States.
Earlier this month, Iceland started issuing COVID-19 digital certificates to all EU and Schengen travelers who have been vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease, becoming the first European country to put the plan into practice.